Saturday, January 5, 2013

Video highlights from the last two weeks: Strain Hunters, J. T. Gatto, Alexander Bard, Democracy Now, Devin Fidler, and Richard Hamming

For the last two weeks I’ve been super busy with a move, hence the lack of posts. I have, however, still been in information consumption mode and come across some gems that are definitely worth sharing. Below you will find some video highlights for this period. I’ll be back to full blogging mode once I get settled into the new space.

Strain Hunters Morocco Expedition by Green House Seed Co

“The large majority of the hashish produced worldwide (up to 70% of the total annual world production) comes from a relatively small mountain region in the North of Morocco, called Rif… we witnessed how the farming cycle linked to hashish production is integrant part of the rural lifestyle of the Berbers, and how it dictates the rhythm of life and the rhytm of work.”

J. T. Gatto interviewed by Lennart Mogren, Sweden, March 2003 (difference between schooling and education)

John Taylor Gatto is a retired American school teacher with nearly 30 years experience in the classroom, and author of several books on education. He is an activist critical of compulsory schooling, of the perceived divide between the teen years and adulthood, and of what he characterizes as the hegemonic nature of discourse on education and the education professions.” His book, The Underground History of American Education is available online (summary found here).

Alexander Bard - CPEU2 - Futurica Trilogy

Bard has written three books on the internet revolution, collectively known as The Futurica Trilogy, together with media theorist Jan Söderqvist. Their first collaboration The Netocrats was originally released in Swedish in 2000, became available in English in 2003, and has since been translated to a further 16 languages with total worldwide sales exceeding 340,000 copies. The second book The Global Empire was originally released in Swedish in 2003, while the third installment of the trilogy The Body Machines was originally published in Swedish in 2009. These latter two works were released in English in 2012, completing The Futurica Trilogy, in which the authors present their philosophical vision for a global and increasingly virtual society, as a consequence of the interactive revolution.”

2012 Culture and Resistance with Alice Walker, Randy Weston, Walter Mosley, Gore Vidal and More

“Today we look at the nexus of politics and art, airing highlights of our cultural coverage from the past year featuring Alice Walker, Walter Mosley, Tony Kushner, Randy Weston, Steve Earle, Randall Robinson, Toshi Reagon, Tom Morello and others. We pay tribute to the late Adrienne Rich, Gore Vidal and Whitney Houston and mark the centennial of the birth of Woody Guthrie.”

Devin Fidler - Realigning Human Organization

“Devin Fidler, Research Director at the Institute for the Future, presents the Tech Horizon 2012 research report, Realigning Human Organization.”

Richard Hamming: "Learning to Learn"

(links to full playlist, 32 videos)
“The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn" was the capstone course by Dr. Richard W. Hamming (1915-1998) for graduate students at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California.”

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