1. WORLDbytes Programme 3: The Obama drama


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    Like a new season of The West Wing, it seems we are intoxicated by the drama of the US election and its result. ‘Change’ seems to be the keyword, but what exactly is going to change? Just two days before the American elections the Battle of Ideas Festival in London ran a series of debates on the USA in partnership with the New York Salon. Our WORLDbytes crew filmed the event. Here is an edited version of the first rousing debate on the elections with speakers from the USA and the UK battling it out on either side of the Obama-mania phenomenon.

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    • WORLDbytes Programme 3: Will youth engagement save democracy?


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      Watch the lively debate at the Battle of Ideas Festival with the Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone telling us ‘we are lazy’ and like to vote from the couch for Pop Idol instead of in a polling booth. Dr Tony Breslin, chief executive of the Citizenship Foundation, argues for a citizen-rich curriculum and teacher Kevin Rooney emphasized that young people had historically led political change from the Bolshevik revolution to Tiananmen Square and en masse voting for Obama. Schools he argued are not the place for a disconnected political elite to resolve its failings.

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      • WORLDbytes Programme 3: Don't Shout at the Telly


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        From Obama’s victory to Mayor Boris’s plans for London via NHS top-up fees, a group of young volunteers dig behind the headlines and have a different tale to tell. Their message is: don’t shout at the telly - change the message on it.

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        • WORLDbytes Programme 3: Are we what we eat?


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          Historically food was about sustenance and survival, and for too much of the world in the twenty-first century, it still is. But as societies develop beyond immediate needs, what we eat can be a pleasurable part of our lives. This snapshot of a debate at the Battle of Ideas in London shows the pleasure we derive from food might ultimately be destroyed by our modern obsessions. Will anxiety ultimately spoil the stuff of life and (as a London doctor argues) are the ‘5-a-day’ health brigade propagandists and wrong?

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          • Ubuntu Music, "One Person, One Note"


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            Three musical ensembles from Southern Africa perform an ancient form of music where each person only has one note to play. These traditions are the musical embodiment of the Ubuntu philosophy which basically says that the individual is nothing without the social group. Each person performs a simple rhythm pattern on their one note which interlocks into everybody else's pattern producing a miriad of personal melodies. Dance is used as a way to bring even more variety into the music. These traditions are the inspiration for the Vuvuzela Orchestra

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            • Making Space for Democracy (part 3 - Syria)


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              25 Oct 2004 - Citizens in the Middle East and Central Asia struggle to find the Democracy that's right for them.

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              • The Challenge of Local Democracy


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                On Wednesday, 15th October 2008, Dublin Community Forum hosted a seminar entitled "The Challenge of Local Democracy." DCTV were there to cover the event.

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                • WKU AID Equal Access WBKO Story


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                  On Monday, November 17th, WKU Americans for Informed Democracy Students held a peaceful demonstration of support for Crystal Jackson in her meeting with University President Gary Ransdell, about improving access to those with disabilities across WKU's campus. This is the beginning of WKU AID's efforts to work with the administration and students to find innovative solutions to access issues around campus.

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                  • Collaboration Now Episode 2


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                    So what's the new math for Collaboration? It's mastering the courage to go from a competitive to a collaborative environment. It's creating a democracy that establishes a framework for free thinking. And it's about leaders trading their traditional power for a new power in a collaborative culture. But who will be brave enough to lead their team to the next level? Presented by Donny Deutsch with Sheila Johnson and Andy Stefanovich. CNBC's Collaboration Now, sponsored by BT

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                    • Best Practices Committee Meeting of 11/12/08: Part 2 of 2


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                      Northampton, MA: This is part two of a two-part video of the Best Practices Committee meeting of 11/12/08. The meeting took place in the second floor Hearing Room at City Hall. Members of the committee discussed which recommendations to put forward to the City Council for improving public decision-making processes. Videographer: Adam Cohen.

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