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Sunday, January 6th, 2013    Culture
National Defense Authorization Act
What We Don't See is Already Hurting Us

For the last two years, in 2012 and 2013, The National Defense Authorization Act has included language that puts our constitutional rights at risk. The sections in question grant extraordinary latitude to the executive, who may choose at any time to undermine the rights of American citizens.

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Friday, October 26th, 2012    Art, Culture
Ghetto Celebrity (Contours Podcast)
A Revealing Memoir and Creative Struggle

If you love to hear new important voices, or you’ve ever endured the creative struggle, listen to this podcast. It will touch bone.

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Saturday, June 9th, 2012    Art
Songs of War
Sesame Street and the CIA

Many Americans realize that during the Viet Nam War, music was blasted from speakers in an attempt to subdue the enemy on the field. But how many of us know that music was co-opted by the CIA’s “Enhanced Interrogation” program installed during the Bush administration?

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Friday, June 1st, 2012    Culture
Secrets of Body Language
How to Read the Signs

How can we discern when people are being truthful, or false? Expert coaches and trainers of high profile clients are featured in this footage of world leaders, celebrities and other public figures, illuminating the powerful signals revealed by body language.

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012    Culture
The End of War-2 (Contours Podcast)
How Could War Truly End?

Humankind created war, and is therefore capable of ending it. This is the daring theme of science scholar John Horgan’s new book, “The End of War.” In Part 1 of my podcast interview with Horgan, he discussed evidence that human warfare has existed for only the last ten thousand years: a blip on the historical screen of human history.

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012    Culture
The End of War-1 (Contours Podcast)
Scientific Evidence for an Uncommon View

Most of us perceive warfare as the single-most horrific tool employed by nations in the settling of disputes. But how often do we hear convincing counter-narratives that offer hope for a better way? Listen to my interview with scholar John Horgan, author of “The End of War” to hear a unique perspective on cultural evolution, and his conclusion that a warless future could be humanity’s next step.

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Friday, May 25th, 2012    Culture
Peaceful Revolution
Can War Be Abolished?

Can war be abolished? Paul Chappell, former army captain and Iraq War vet, claims in his new book that ending war is attainable in this century.

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Monday, December 12th, 2011    Art
Ai Wei Wei
China's Critical Artist

The best art often takes us not further from, but instead, closer to, reality. Chinese artist and activist Ai Wei Wei is a prime example. His artistic statements demonstrate a rare boldness, often pointing to the repressive underside of his society, putting him dangerously at odds with the Chinese communist state. A key element of his remarkable career has been powerful use of the internet.

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Monday, September 12th, 2011    Culture
Tenth Anniversary
September 11th Memorial

A crowd was assembled around St. Paul’s Chapel on Broadway. One block west, behind the chapel, the tenth anniversary ceremony to honor the victims of 9-11 was taking place; its sound system spreading indistinct reverberations through the blocks. Only the 9-11 families and government dignitaries, including Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, were admitted to ground zero. The rest of the public milled around the perimeter of St. Paul’s to be nearby the epicenter of remembrance.

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Friday, April 22nd, 2011    Culture
Acumen
Investing to Transform Poverty

The engine of globalization is a remarkable phenomenon. Enormous talent is being unleashed across the developing nations. But in its wake, a spectacular number of people are being left behind. They have little or no access to healthcare, education or public debate on issues affecting their lives. Ever wonder how the future will look if…

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Creative action is the fundamental key to innovation in all fields of endeavor. It has opened the common gateway to remarkable cultural achievements since antiquity. Our complex daily lives are bombarded by stories of what is broken. News of what is not working in our society often trumps what is actually making a difference. This Blog is dedicated to creative action that endures through resistance to spawn positive change. We seek to inspire: to create gateways to new visions, aspirations and solutions. Meet the creative agents of global change.

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