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Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer is 103 and still working!  A living legend, he is recognized as one of the great architects of the 20th century, famous for his public buildings in Brasilia as well as many other monuments around the world.

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Dave Green’s short film Meltdown is neither Christmassy nor uplifting, but the animation is terrific and it will make you laugh!

 

It’s not true that one part of the brain does reason and the other does emotion, says renowned psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist. The purpose of the frontal lobes is to inhibit the rest of the brain, to stand back from the moment, which enables us to outwit and deceive – but also to empathise. This division has had profound consequences for human society.

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In her new series ‘Von Mensch zu Mensch’, German photographer Sylvie Bendel challenges stereotypes of homeless people and celebrates our common humanity.

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‘6 Billion Others’ is a video exhibition which draws a picture of mankind - and illuminates our common humanity- by asking questions.  Yann Arthus-Betrand had a simple concept: ‘go and meet the 6 billion inhabitants of the planet, listen to their stories, share with them.’  

This film asks ‘What is happiness?’

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What can we learn from garbage and what is the true cost of all our stuff? Annie Leonard has visited hundreds of factories all over the world where stuff is made and hundreds of dumps where it is dumped.  In her powerful film ‘The Story of Stuff,’ she looks at the real impact of our passion for material goods.

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On the first day of class, teacher Marva Collins approached a boy who refused to work and told him:

‘I am not going to give up on you. I’m not going to let you give up on yourself. If you sit there leaning against this wall all day, you are going to end up leaning on something or someone all your life. And all that brilliance bottled up inside you will go to waste.’

Photo by Mladen Penev

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