How farming planted seeds for the Internet – Patricia Russac

Translator: Andrea McDonough Reviewer: Bedirhan Cinar We talk about inventions and innovation as though the best things out there are the Internet, iPads, or smart phones. Or perhaps more simply, trains, planes, and automobiles. Which one is most important, the best, or the greatest? Which one has had the most impact on society? Today the […]

Rural Transition in China | SMU Research

(♫) I’m Forrest Zhang, I’m an Associate Professor of Sociology at the School of Social Sciences. My research is about contemporary China and I do research in several fields but the most important one or the field in which my work has been the most influential, I would say is agricultural development in rural China. […]

Preserving Planet Earth | Carl Sagan | English Subtitles

(Applause) Governor Hunt, Mr. Park, thank you very much for your extremely generous introduction. My friends, I am very happy to be here with you. I think the idea of a state organizing a concentrated look on the critical issues of our day, involving leaders and ordinary people statewide is extremely important and I’d like […]

Undercover at Smithfield Foods (2012 Webby Award Winner)

What we found were extraordinarily inhumane conditions at Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the entire world. I still remember the first time I ever laid eyes on a gestation crate facility and seeing the helplessness of these animals who have done nothing to deserve the fate that they’re enduring, suffering inside of these […]

A global food crisis may be less than a decade away | Sara Menker

Since 2009, the world has been stuck on a single narrative around a coming global food crisis and what we need to do to avoid it. How do we feed nine billion people by 2050? Every conference, podcast and dialogue around global food security starts with this question and goes on to answer it by […]

Let’s launch a satellite to track a threatening greenhouse gas | Fred Krupp

We’ve got a big problem on our hands with global warming. A lot of you, a lot of people have been watching the floods, the droughts, the storms, the fires. When I leave this stage today, I don’t want you to have hope. I want you to have certainty, real certainty that we can make […]

How urban agriculture is transforming Detroit | Devita Davison

I’m from Detroit. (Applause) A city that in the 1950s was the world’s industrial giant, with a population of 1.8 million people and 140 square miles of land and infrastructure, used to support this booming, Midwestern urban center. And now today, just a half a century later, Detroit is the poster child for urban decay. […]

Poverty isn’t a lack of character; it’s a lack of cash | Rutger Bregman

I’d like to start with a simple question: Why do the poor make so many poor decisions? I know it’s a harsh question, but take a look at the data. The poor borrow more, save less, smoke more, exercise less, drink more and eat less healthfully. Why? Well, the standard explanation was once summed up […]