1. GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth Trailer

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    How do we become a sustainable civilization? GrowthBusters explores our society's worship of growth everlasting: Economic Growth, Population Growth, Increasing Consumption, and Urban Growth. Please visit the GrowthBusters website to order the film, locate a screening near you, or get information to organize a screening in your community.

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    • Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity

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      Trailer for a feature-length documentary exploring the superstitions and addictions we must leave behind to become a sustainable civilization. In production now, this non-profit project examines the sustainability of a system that seeks and accelerates urban growth, population growth, consumption growth and economic growth. The end of growth is here. We can either embrace it or go down fighting. For more information about this project and to sign up for email updates, visit www.growthbusters.com

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      • INTERNET SERVICES IN SOMALIA

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        STORY: INTERNET USAGE THRIVES IN SOMALIA TRT: 2:51 SOURCE: AU/UN IST RESTRICTIONS: This media asset is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for other purposes. All enquiries to news@auunist.org CREDIT REQUIRED: AU/UN IST LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/SOMALI/NATS DATELINE: 14/JANUARY/2014 MOGADISHU, SOMALIA STORY: Billboards advertising Internet services dot the thoroughfares in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. Businesses, schools, non-governmental organizations and public institutions are increasingly reliant on the Internet and this hasn’t boded too well with the insurgent group, al Shabaab. Last week, the group issued a statement banning the use of mobile Internet services and gave service providers a 15-day ultimatum to disconnect the service. The Somali Federal Government was quick to assuage the fears of telecom companies and customers, urging them to ignore the threat and carry on. Al Shabaab, known for its trademark sweeping statements has promised to enforce the ban once the deadline expires but this doesn’t seem to faze a lot of Somalis. Liban Ahmed, who runs an Internet café that also doubles as a travel agency, says the lives of many Somalis and businesses now thrive on the Internet. Though the ban does not affect the Internet cafés, Ahmed says Internet usage is now part and parcel of the Somali lifestyle. “The Internet is especially beneficial to the whole city and particularly for businesses. For us, in our work as a travel agency, we rely on the Internet one hundred percent. Our customers are not only those living in this area; they live all over the world. Some live in the US and in the UK as well. We book their ticket online and we send it to them via email. So this service is made possible by the Internet connection,” he says. With Hormuud Telecom and Nationlink as the main service providers, Internet usage has become integral in the daily lives of many Somalis, making it difficult for them to comprehend life without it. Deeq Ahmed Shire, a resident of Mogadishu and a mobile Internet user says he enjoys daily connection to the rest of the world and needs the Internet. “We cannot do without Internet. It is very convenient and we have become used to it and it is what keeps us busy. We talk to our friends and we converse with the world. We are able to be in touch everywhere. So it is very beneficial for us. So companies like Hormuud have made access to this service easier,” Such a move is aimed at instilling fear in the public sphere, analysts say, adding that Al Shabaab is getting increasingly paranoid; afraid that the Internet could be used to track them in their hideouts Abdi Aynte, the Executive Director of the Heritage Institute of Policy Studies (HIPS), a Somali think tank organization says the ban is not easily enforceable and explains some of the possible motives behind this action. “I think there are three reasons Shabaab did this; number one is, it is part of their broader strategy to instill fear in the minds of the people. Number two, I think they are afraid to be exposed because mobile technology with high speed internet will allow citizens to transmit data into the rest of the world through social media or through the internet and what not, and the third and perhaps the most important one is that they are afraid that this technology will be used to track some of their top fighters as the operations of drones permeate in the areas that al Shabaab controls in South and Central Somalia,” Al Shabaab’s ban extends to fiber optic technology. The fiber optic cable, touched shore in Somalia last year as part of the East African Submarine System. Once operational, this is expected to revitalize Internet access and usage as the country witnesses significant growth in the telecommunications sector. As the deadline to the enforcement of the ban looms closer, it’s a wait and see approach for most Somalis. In the meantime, they’ll live their lives online thanks to the Internet.

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        • The Impossible Hamster

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          What the impossible hamster has to teach us about economic growth. A new animation from nef (the new economics foundation), scripted by Andrew Simms, numbers crunched by Viki Johnson and pictures realised by Leo Murray. www.neweconomics.org www.onehundredmonths.org www.wakeupfreakout.org www.impossiblehamster.org We wanted to confront people with the meaning and logical conclusion of the promise of endless economic growth. We used a hamster to illustrate what would happen if there were no limits to growth because they double in size each week before reaching maturity at around 6 weeks. But if a hamster grew at the same rate until its first birthday, wed be looking at a nine billion tonne hamster, which ate more than a years worth of world maize production every day. There are reasons in nature, why things dont grow indefinitely. As things are in nature, sooner or later, so they must be in the economy. As economic growth rises, we are pushing the planet ever closer to, and beyond some very real environmental limits. With every doubling in the global economy we use the equivalent in resources of all of the previous doublings combined. Concept, script and narration: Andrew Simms Animation: Leo Murray & Thomas Bristow Sound: Louis Slipperz Scientific Adviser: Victoria Johnson

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          • Andy Liu

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            NOT HERE OR THERE Chinese students at Ohio University just try to be themselves. Created by Darcy Holdorf A boom of Chinese undergraduate students struggle to find their place at Ohio University. Those who study English full time and live with other Chinese students find themselves isolated from the American college experience. See full story at: http://2011.soulofathens.com/our-dreams-are-different/not-here-or-there-1.html TRANSCRIPT: ANDY LIU: A lot of Chinese people who live in Athens, they just study every day. (They) don't have some ideas, don't have some dreams, but we're different. We have some plans for the future. I should study hard with English. I can get a lot of opportunities for jobs, for my future. I enjoy mixing some culture, because the world, I think the globe, is one family. Maybe after 50 years they are same language, it's just my dream, they are same culture. ----------------------------------------------------- See full story at: http://2011.soulofathens.com/our-dreams-are-different/not-here-or-there-1.html See other stories that examine the changing American Dream at: http://2011.soulofathens.com

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            • Peter Victor - Managing without Growth

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              Peter Victor (York University) explained how a non-growing economy can be successful in his keynote address at the Steady State Economy Conference in Leeds, UK. He offered critical insights about ways to maintain full employment, eliminate poverty, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and decrease governmental debt without relying on unsustainable economic growth.

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              • RSA Shorts - Growth is Not Enough

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                Based on Kate Roworth's talk "Doughnut Economics" we made this RSA Short. For the full version of the talk (17 min) which I highly recommend visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqJL-cM8gb4

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                • No5 GENERATION GROWTH

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                  GENERATION GROWTH by Martin Martensen-Larsen Produced for THE CURRENT - KnockKnock www.thecurrent.dk "It is an issue which is debated every day but does not really have a substantial meaning. We’re talking about growth almost for the sake of growth alone. Which quality is behind it? Which reflection? Does a constant growth of economy and consumption equal the good life?" Directed by: Martin Martensen-Larsen Filmed and Edited by: Steffen Wendt Music by: Chris Zabriskie - Cylinder One Cast: Martin Martensen-Larsen - Thierry Geoffroy/Colonel Thanks to Mikkel Kanst for camera rent KNOCKKNOCK www.knock-knock.dk

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                  • Popo Huang

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                    NOT HERE OR THERE Chinese students at Ohio University just try to be themselves. Created by Darcy Holdorf A boom of Chinese undergraduate students struggle to find their place at Ohio University. Those who study English full time and live with other Chinese students find themselves isolated from the American college experience. See full story at: http://2011.soulofathens.com/our-dreams-are-different/not-here-or-there-1.html TRANSCRIPT: Popo Huang: In Chinese, Popo means old woman or grandma. And right now I really love this name because I feel like foreigners, I mean Americans, they can remember my name easier, especially my classmates or teachers. But I can, if people laugh, I laugh. The first image for me with America is some image about New York or Los Angeles. And then when I came to Ohio it's so different. I don't know why it seems my parents at first they don't support me to learn art because they think art is no future. Actually I came to United States, I have so many plan I want to do. I want to study more, I want to help my parents company. I want to have my own company and I want to stay here. ----------------------------------------------------- See full story at: http://2011.soulofathens.com/our-dreams-are-different/not-here-or-there-1.html See other stories that examine the changing American Dream at: http://2011.soulofathens.com

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                    • The Service Design Programme

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                      A quick introduction to The Service Design Programme from Design Wales. We can help you use design to improve your services and grow your business. Created by Design Wales and fully funded by The Welsh Government, The Service Design Programme is a new initative for the manufacturing and design industries. www.theservicedesignprogramme.org

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