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Homeopath, forager, chemist, networker interested in many other diverse things like the sharing economy, travel, science, botany, green energy, mindfulness, reading, sewing and more.

Just Money – Banking as if Society Mattered

I have mentioned the U.Lab course Transforming, Business, Society and Self in a previous blog and this free course Just Money: Banking as if Society Mattered is from the same team at MIT. This time they look at how money moves around the exisiting banking ‘system’ and at examples of financial institutions working for positive change and doing things differently.

Hardly a week goes by without some story of dodgy behaviour from big banks so it may surprise you to discover that many credit unions and some banks are actually doing great things with their clients money. Understanding more about how this works gives you the knowledge to make an informed choice about what you do with your own money.

 

The 5 week course is free and runs on the edx.org platform and starts mid-April 2016 but you can register any time and work at your own pace.. blurb from the course page says..

What do you know about banking? Do you know what your bank does with your money? The recent financial crisis highlighted some of the most fundamental issues with the mainstream banking system.

This course looks into banks that operate differently, namely, “just banks” that use capital and finance as a tool to address social and ecological challenges.

This course is for anyone who wants to understand the unique role banks play as intermediaries in our economy and how they can leverage that position to produce positive social, environmental, and economic change.

The instructors of this course have worked for over 10 years with just banks from around the world, as well as in the fields of community development, economic democracy, and social change.

No previous knowledge of finance or banking is needed to take this course.

For more info or to sign up go to the Just Money page on edx.org

This is the first of several spin-off courses from the original U.Lab course and by 2017 there will be more from the same team of people on a range of topics.

In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg

I love In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg.. 45 minutes a week on BBC Radio 4 and you know you will always learn something new!

The thing that amazes me most about these programmes is how Melvyn seems able to ask pertinent question regardless of the topic. He is surrounded by people who have spent years studying a particular subject and he always sounds like he knows what he is talking about whether it is the history of Mali, The Salem witch trials, X-Ray Crystallography or Rumi’s poetry.
Only once have I heard him flummoxed.. and must confess I was too.. so have a listen and see what you think about this classic discussion about Bertrand Russell and his work on Analytic philosophy.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the influential British philosopher Bertrand Russell. Born in 1872 into an aristocratic family, Russell is widely regarded as one of the founders of Analytic philosophy, which is today the dominant philosophical tradition in the English-speaking world. In his important book The Principles of Mathematics, he sought to reduce mathematics to logic. Its revolutionary ideas include Russell’s Paradox, a problem which inspired Ludwig Wittgenstein to pursue philosophy. Russell’s most significant and famous idea, the theory of descriptions, had profound consequences for the discipline.

Have a browse through the comprehensive A-Z with all episodes broadcast since 1998 and I’m sure you’ll find something that takes your fancy.. from the A of The Abbasid Caliphs to the Z of The Zulu Nation’s Rise and Fall.  

John Wick: Chapter 2(2017)

John Wick: Chapter 2(2017)


Quality : HD
Title : John Wick: Chapter 2
Director : Chad Stahelski.
Writer :
Release : 2017-02-08
Language : English.
Runtime : 122 min.
Genre : Thriller, Action, Crime.

Synopsis :
Movie ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ was released in February 8, 2017 in genre Thriller. Chad Stahelski was directed this movie and starring by Keanu Reeves. This movie tell story about John Wick is forced out of retirement by a former associate looking to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to aid him, Wick travels to Rome and does battle against some of the world’s most dangerous killers.

John Wick: Chapter 2(2017)

TED-Ed Periodic Table

This is a brilliant TED-Ed resource for anyone interested in the Periodic Table or Chemistry. The Periodic Videos team at Nottingham University have done short videos for each element so far discovered.The teamAll these videos are created by video journalist Brady Haran, featuring real working chemists from the University of Nottingham. See Periodic Videos for more about the team behind the films.

Click on the periodic table below or http://ed.ted.com/periodic-videos to find out all sorts of chemistry facts!

periodic table

If you like this the Periodic Videos team have started a new series – The Molecular Videos which features their favourite molecules and compounds.

Top 100 documentaries from Films for Action

I discovered Films for Action a while ago and can spend hours on their site watching fascinating documentaries or reading thought provoking blogs. They describe Films for Action as a community-powered learning library for people who want to change the world viagra generique maroc.

Over the last 8 years, they have watched hundreds of social change documentaries and cataloged the best of them on the site. There’s now so many that they decided to create a list of the very best 100 fims hand-picked for their quality, insight and potential to inspire positive change. The films cover a wide range of topics including finance, permaculture and gardening, food, energy, democracy and politics, war, happiness, community, education, architecture, media and more.

All of the films have been selected because they are either free to watch online, or can be rented online.  Click on the image below to see the list of 100 films.

100 films for action

Philosophers Notes

I love these Philosophers Notes book summaries from Brian Johnson.  I came across them a few years ago and must confess I ‘tested’ Brian when I first discovered them. You used to get a free book of your choice to try and I deliberately picked one I knew well to see what he made of it.

I chose ‘Loving What Is’ by Bryon Katie as my freebie and was very pleasantly surpised. I first read the book when I was doing a course in Focused Mindfulness with Absolute Specialists and learned about ‘The Work’ which is a very powerful technique she uses.

When I read the book there were several key points that stood out, but when I heard Brian’s summary he also picked out something else which I hadn’t initially realised was so significant, but after using the techniques for a while it was clear to me how important it was.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

So.. I decided I liked Brian, his notes, and how his mind worked and signed up for them all!

There is absolutely loads of  free stuff on the Philosphers Notes website including podcasts and short video summaries of the books. You can get 3 free notes for signing up to Brian’s daily or weekly  email dose of inspiration so why not give them a try.

If you want access to everything he offers a brilliant deal of $10 a month for all the Philosophers Notes, 10 new notes a month as well as Optimal Living 101 videos on all sorts of topics like Procrastination, Confidence, Action, Optimism and much more.

I do get a bit of commission if you become a paid up member and find his site through this page.. but I wholeheartedly recommend what he does.

Brian Johnson

The Fragile Framework – Climate Change

The Climate talks in Paris are currently going on .. and I came across this cartoon by Richard Monastersky and Nick Sousanis  on the Nature site which summarises past talks and what they are debating.

I am writing this in a week when floods, rain and strong winds have devastated parts of Northern England. In Honister Pass in Cumbria 341.4 mm (13.4 inches) of rain fell in 24 hours. Floods are also affecting Chennai in India and parts of Norway.. but nobody seems to be making the link between this abnormal weather and the talks in Paris. Climate is already changing.

Click on the images below to go to the cartoon or see the Nature website.

The Ecstacy of Wilko Johnson

The Ecstacy of Wilko Johnson is a  film by Julien Temple updating the remarkable story of the Dr Feelgood musician. Reflecting on his impending death following his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Johnson muses on the transformative power of mortality. Determined to live out his remaining months playing music, he records an album with Roger Daltrey in a mere eight days and embarks on a series of farewell tours. Yet, there is an unexpected twist in the tale, captured here by Julien Temple and interwoven with remarkable archive footage and music.

You really don’t need to be a Dr Feelgood fan or even know anything about Wilko. This is an extraordinary film about acceptance, humility, gratitude and one of the most powerful things I have seen in recent years.

click on the photo above to go to the film

I called it The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson because Wilko was able to describe how he could see everything in a very revelatory way. It’s like the medieval saints when they have the revelation of God and eternity, but in the head of an atheist.  Julien Temple

It is available to watch on BBC iplayer until Christmas Day 2015  but if you miss it the DVD will be available soon.

See more about the film at the website http://www.ecstasyofwilkojohnson.com/

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David Tennant explains Einstein

This is a brilliant short animation explaining Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in a way that anyone can understand. Even better, it is narrated by none other than David Tennant a former Dr Who!

A short film celebrating the centennial of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity.
EOIN DUFFY – Animation (http://eoinduffy.me/)
DAVID TENNANT – Narrator
WESLEY SLOVER – Sound Design
ANAIS RASSAT – Writer / Science Outreach / Communication (https://twitter.com/anaisrassat)
JAMIE LOCHHEAD – Writer / Producer

A WINDFALL FILMS production for the SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL