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Discover solutions to longstanding challenges through penetrating conversations with pragmatic social innovators, leading policy analysts and big-picture thinkers on key national and global issues.

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Growing the Green Collar Economy

From A World of Possibilities | 55:00

A one hour interview with Majora Carter and Van Jones.

Green_collar_small In hard times most of us are grateful for any job, but as we face increasing unemployment, poverty, and climate change, the Obama administration proposes to put thousands of Americans to work insulating homes and public buildings, installing solar panels, and reclaiming industrial wastelands. Majora Carter and Van Jones have helped place green collar jobs near the top of the national agenda.

Fostering Ingenuity

From A World of Possibilities | 54:59

An Interview with Lawrence Lessig and Scott Anthony

Handshake_small If necessity is the mother of invention, there’s certainly plenty of necessity to go around these days. But are we doing all we can to incubate the innovations we most urgently need? We’ll learn about how to harness our collective genius to address our most urgent needs, and about new threats that could derail our best efforts.

Resilience: Adaptation and Transformation in Turbulent Times

From A World of Possibilities | 55:00

Interviews with several scientists about how nature teaches us to be resilient.

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Resilience: the capacity to absorb shocks to the system without losing the ability to function. Can whole societies become resilient in the face of traumatic change? In April 2008 natural and social scientists from around the world gathered in Stockholm, Sweden for a first-ever global conference applying lessons from nature's resilience to human societies in the throes of unprecedented transition.

Guests:
Crawford Stanley (Buzz) Holling, Emeritus Eminent Scholar and Professor in Ecological Sciences, University of Florida
Dr. Brian Walker, Honorary Post-retirement Fellow CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Canberra, Australia
Dr. Carl Folke, Editor-in-Chief Ecology and Society, Resilience Alliance, Sweden
Charles Redman, Director, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Will Steffan, Director, The Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University
Dr.Frances Westley, Chair, Social Innovation Generation (SiG), University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


The following conversations were also recorded at the conference, but were not included in the full program.

Dr. Gary J. Martin, Director, The Global Diversity Foundation, Marrakech, Morocco
Katrina Brown, Leader, International Development Research Programme, Tyndall Centre University of East Anglia, U.K.
Dr. Stephen Carpenter, University of Wisconsin
Dr. J. Marty Anderies,Asst. Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University
Charles Perrings, Professor of Environmental Economics at Arizona State University

Vanishing and Re-emerging: Reviving Biological and Cultural Diversity

From A World of Possibilities | 54:57

Interviews about biocultural diversity.

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Around the world, languages, cultures and ecosystems are disappearing at an alarming rate, erasing richness vital to our survival. Based on interviews conducted at a major international conference on biocultural diversity held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York in April 2008, this program examines how diversity is also re-emerging even as the old ways are dying.

Guests:
Rick Stepp, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, US
Tero Mustonen and Vyacheslav Shadrin, The Snowchange Cooperative, Finland; Head, Yukaghir Elders Council
Gary Paul Nabhan, Founder, Renewing Americas Food Traditions, Southwest Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, US
Alejandro Argumedo, Founding Member and Co-Chair, Call of the Earth Steering Committee, Cusco, Peru
Eleanor Sterling, Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, US
Jules Pretty, Professor of Environment and Society, University of Essex, UK


The following conversations were also recorded at the conference, but were not included in the full program.

Luisa Maffi, Ph.D, Director of Terralingua
Peter Brosius, Professor of Anthropology, University of Georgia
Jessica Brown, Senior Vice-President for International Programs with Quebec-Labrador Foundation
Amber Namaka Whitehead, Ecologist, and Scott Kekuewa Kikiloi, Cultural Assets Manager,Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii
Ashish Kotari, Kalpavriksh Environmental Action Group, Pune, India
Iain Ken MacDonald, Program in International Development Studies, University of Toronto
Michel Pimbert, Director, Sustainable Agriculture, Biodiversity and Livelihoods Program, International Institute for Environment and Development, London
David Rapport and Luisa Maffi, Principal, EcoHealth Consulting; and Director, Terralingua
Alaka Wali, Field Museum, Chicago

Reviving the Forgotten Continent

From A World of Possibilities | 55:00

The future of Africa.

Africa1_small To many Americans, Africa is a continent of unmitigated suffering, plagued by poverty and war. Yet those who know the people well say there's an energy and resilience that enables them to make much of what little good fortune comes their way. As the industrial powers scour the continent for mineral treasure, we examine how a younger generation can negotiate a better deal for their people.

Peace, Justice - or Both

From A World of Possibilities | 55:00

A look at criminal justice after war.

Scale_small Peace or Justice? That question takes on an anguished poignancy these days in war ravaged societies from Bosnia to Sierra Leone. Peace negotiators and human rights advocates struggle to end the bloodshed and obtain justice for the victims. How does this work in societies whose weak and often corrupt legal structures have been decimated by war?

Marieke Wierda, Director, Prosecutions Program, International Center for Transitional Justice in Beirut
Mohamed Suma, Director, Sierra Leone Court Monitoring Project
Nick Grono, Deputy President, International Crisis Group, Brussels, Belgium
Nader Nadery, Commissioner, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
Priscilla Hayner, Director, Peace and Justice Unit; Director, International Center for Transitional Justice Geneva
(Click on a guest's name to listen to their full unedited interview.)

Peace, Justice - or Both

From A World of Possibilities | 55:00

A look at criminal justice after war.

Scale_small Peace or Justice? That question takes on an anguished poignancy these days in war ravaged societies from Bosnia to Sierra Leone. Peace negotiators and human rights advocates struggle to end the bloodshed and obtain justice for the victims. How does this work in societies whose weak and often corrupt legal structures have been decimated by war?

Marieke Wierda, Director, Prosecutions Program, International Center for Transitional Justice in Beirut
Mohamed Suma, Director, Sierra Leone Court Monitoring Project
Nick Grono, Deputy President, International Crisis Group, Brussels, Belgium
Nader Nadery, Commissioner, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
Priscilla Hayner, Director, Peace and Justice Unit; Director, International Center for Transitional Justice Geneva
(Click on a guest's name to listen to their full unedited interview.)

No More Rwandas!: Protecting the Innocents

From A World of Possibilities | 55:00

Genocide has claimed the lives of millions of civilians worldwide. Now, in the aftermath of such atrocities, human rights advocates are beginning to develop strategies that will prepare the U.N. and member states to intervene in conflicts before they reach the stage of genocide. Join us to explore our collective responsibility to protect innocent civilians around the world.

Poorchild_small Genocide has claimed the lives of millions of civilians worldwide. Now, in the aftermath of such atrocities, human rights advocates are beginning to develop strategies that will prepare the U.N. and member states to intervene in conflicts before they reach the stage of genocide. Join us to explore our collective responsibility to protect innocent civilians around the world.

Climate Collision: What Comes After Copenhagen?

From A World of Possibilities | 55:03

The Copenhagen climate summit saw fierce jockeying for advantage among the great powers but few tangible results.

Rainbow-rainforest-mesas-photo_small The Copenhagen climate summit saw fierce jockeying for advantage among the great powers but few tangible results. Smaller nations and indigenous peoples were left out in the cold. Yet for them it’s not a matter of power politics. They face the power of nature thrown out of balance by heedless human activity. Seas and temperatures continue to rise, disrupting their ancestral livelihoods. In this program, native peoples from the Arctic and the Amazon to Pacific islands under siege by rising waters testify to what’s happening to them and will likely happen to many others in the decades ahead. Their responses to these changes offer much-needed guidance about how to develop the resilience and inventiveness that are essential to our long-term survival. We also hear from climate activists, including well-known representatives of indigenous peoples, about what can be done to build momentum for essential transformation outside the UN process in the wake of stalled international negotiations.

Climate Collision: What Comes After Copenhagen?

From A World of Possibilities | 55:03

The Copenhagen climate summit saw fierce jockeying for advantage among the great powers but few tangible results.

Rainbow-rainforest-mesas-photo_small The Copenhagen climate summit saw fierce jockeying for advantage among the great powers but few tangible results. Smaller nations and indigenous peoples were left out in the cold. Yet for them it’s not a matter of power politics. They face the power of nature thrown out of balance by heedless human activity. Seas and temperatures continue to rise, disrupting their ancestral livelihoods. In this program, native peoples from the Arctic and the Amazon to Pacific islands under siege by rising waters testify to what’s happening to them and will likely happen to many others in the decades ahead. Their responses to these changes offer much-needed guidance about how to develop the resilience and inventiveness that are essential to our long-term survival. We also hear from climate activists, including well-known representatives of indigenous peoples, about what can be done to build momentum for essential transformation outside the UN process in the wake of stalled international negotiations.

Fractured Bedrock, Fractured Communities

From A World of Possibilities | 55:30

In this program recorded on site in northeastern Pennsylvania, we follow the Marcellus Shale trail and find the fracturing of the bedrock under this gas-rich region mirrored by the fracturing of communities divided by the the benefits and blights that it brings.

Aaaa_fracking_pennsylvania_fire_small Nine thousand feet beneath the surface of several Northeastern states lie vast deposits of shale impregnated with natural gas. The Marcellus Shale play, as it is called, is being touted by energy analysts as one of the largest in the world. For a chronically hard-pressed region in a season of recession, the promise of mailbox money just for signing a simple lease to subsurface rights is almost irresistible. Almost, that is, until they’ve signed and discover the implications of their decision. In this program recorded on site in northeastern Pennsylvania, we follow the Marcellus Shale trail and find the fracturing of the bedrock under this gas-rich region mirrored by the fracturing of communities divided by the the benefits and blights that it brings.

Vanishing and Re-emerging: Reviving Biological and Cultural Diversity

From A World of Possibilities | 54:57

Around the world, languages, cultures and ecosystems are disappearing at an alarming rate, erasing richness vital to our survival.

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Around the world, languages, cultures and ecosystems are disappearing at an alarming rate, erasing richness vital to our survival. Based on interviews conducted at a major international conference on biocultural diversity held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York in April 2008, this program examines how diversity is also re-emerging even as the old ways are dying.

This program was funded by The Christensen Fund.

Guests: 
Rick Stepp, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, US
Tero Mustonen and Vyacheslav Shadrin, The Snowchange Cooperative, Finland; Head, Yukaghir Elders Council
Gary Paul Nabhan, Founder, Renewing Americas Food Traditions, Southwest Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, US
Alejandro Argumedo, Founding Member and Co-Chair, Call of the Earth Steering Committee, Cusco, Peru
Eleanor Sterling, Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, US
Jules Pretty, Professor of Environment and Society, University of Essex, UK
 

 

Vanishing and Re-emerging: Reviving Biological and Cultural Diversity

From A World of Possibilities | 54:57

Around the world, languages, cultures and ecosystems are disappearing at an alarming rate, erasing richness vital to our survival.

Default-piece-image-1

Around the world, languages, cultures and ecosystems are disappearing at an alarming rate, erasing richness vital to our survival. Based on interviews conducted at a major international conference on biocultural diversity held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York in April 2008, this program examines how diversity is also re-emerging even as the old ways are dying.

This program was funded by The Christensen Fund.

Guests: 
Rick Stepp, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, US
Tero Mustonen and Vyacheslav Shadrin, The Snowchange Cooperative, Finland; Head, Yukaghir Elders Council
Gary Paul Nabhan, Founder, Renewing Americas Food Traditions, Southwest Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, US
Alejandro Argumedo, Founding Member and Co-Chair, Call of the Earth Steering Committee, Cusco, Peru
Eleanor Sterling, Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, US
Jules Pretty, Professor of Environment and Society, University of Essex, UK