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Documentaries on Climate/Energy

Rather well-made film about climate change and growing grass-root movements. Leaves out some issues though, like meat consumption, fracking, but also the divestment strategy as a solution for change of power structures.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret Quite brilliant investigative doc about meat productions’ influence on the climate and how environmental organizations have serious trouble addressing it.

Climate change in the anthropocene not much on solutions but interesting angle and brilliant explainer by hans rosling in the middle.

Beautiful, British account of what gets lost through global warming. Not focusing on solutions, though.

Doomy (but possibly accurate) account of what rising temperatures mean. Some focus on solutions, but no integrated vision or strategy for change.

This film aims to convey how human behavior and the threat of climate change and environmental problems are strongly interlinked. A description of the problems humans have in taking the future into account and favouring short-term gains rather than considering long term consequences are discussed.

The Collective Evolution III is a powerful documentary that explores a revolutionary shift affecting every aspect of our planet. As the shift hits the fan, people are becoming more aware of the control structures that prevent us from experiencing our full potential.

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The Spirit Level – Why Inequality Kills

Abstract and interpretation of Wilkinson and Pickett (2010). The Spirit Level. Why Equality is Better for Everyone. London: Penguin.

Details of the research can be found at

High inequality has strong negative effects on societies, at the bottom as well as at the top. People die sooner in more unequal countries, mainly because social status has a staggering impact on health and wellbeing. Using a wealth of data and meticulous reasoning Wilkinsons and Picketts reach this conclusion: socio-economic inequality stands out as a crucial factor explaining life expectancy and many other problems like violence, drug abuse, mental illness and obesity.

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Schumacher (1977). A Guide for the Perplexed.

Schumacher (1977). A Guide for the Perplexed. New York: Harper and Row.


We all recognise life if we see it but only the material aspects are regarded as truly existing by science. Schumacher argues how problematic this is and why.

British economist Schumacher acknowledges a hierarchy of knowledge and consciousness; mineral – plant – animal – human. There is progression when moving up along these levels. Origin of action progresses as well; cause – stimulus – motive – will. Therefore each level of being becomes increasingly unpredictable.

Materialistic scientism, dominant in science, is flawed; methods of research used on lower levels of existence are inadequate when dealing with life, consciousness and self-consciousness.

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Bateson, Gregory (1979). Mind and Nature. A Necessary Unity.

Bateson, Gregory (1979). Mind and Nature. A Necessary Unity. New York: E.P. Dutton.

”The pattern which connects”

== Introduction ==

Mind as a reflection of large and many parts of the natural world outside the thinker. Existing (human) epistemology reflection of obsolete physics; man unique and materialistic, while living universe generalized and spiritual. And yet beauty persists.

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Collateral Damage – Zygmunt Bauman (2011)

The unpredictable have advantage over the insecure.

Managers – those in power – nowadays speak not of duty but of “‘cultures’ and ‘networks’, ‘teams’ and ‘coalitions’ – and of ‘influences’ rather than of control”, Bauman argues (p. 47). It seems slightly Marxist to look at this managerial newspeak through the lenses of power; it decreases security for those managed. Bauman ultimately argues that those in power profit from depicting the world as complex and ambiguous.

Notes from Lux/NCRV programme:

Then: world lived longer than you did

Now: you perhaps live longer than the world (incl. social exclusion)

-> Liquid Fear

Security is reduced to Safety by governments

Safety = social semi-security

Strangers are everywhere; large cities, open borders. How to live with strangers? Skills needed

BUT safety-focus leads to gated communities etc -> decreases skills for dealing with strangers

Irena Bauman; move back to localism -> more trust.

Power nationstate vanished; how to get it back?


Proposals – Ideas for guidance

Brown, Lester (2009). Plan B 4.0. Mobilizing to Save Civilization. New York: Norton. download pdf (free).

  1. documentary by PBS: watch here.

Brown, Lester (2011). World on the Edge. How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse. New York: Norton. download pdf (free).

Rifkin, Jeremy (2011). The Third Industrial Revolution. How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, The Economy, And The World. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. on amazon.
Interview (27 min.). Animation on the Empathic Civilization (11 min.).

Rifkin, Jeremy (2009). The Empathic Civilization. New York: Tarcher/Penguin. (abstract).

Lyubomirsky, Sonja (2007). The How of Happiness: A Practical Guide to Getting The Life You Want. London: Sphere. (abstract)

Gene Sharp (1993). From Dictatorship to Democracy. Bankok: Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in Burma. Online or pdf (4th US edition, 2010).

Robinson, Ken (2009). The Element. How finding your passion changes everything. New York: Penguin.
Animated TED-talk on changing education paradigms (12 min.)
Tex Gunning (2011). Value Based Education. NIVOZ-lecture 13 October 2011. PDF (Dutch).
On Value-based Education:


Victims of the Crisis (who pay)

Human Impact Report (2009).

Sirimanne (2009). The gender perspectives of the financial crisis. Paper written for the Commission on the Status of Women, Fifty-third session New York, 2 – 13 March 2009. download.

Bauman, Zygmunt (2011). Collateral Damage. Cambridge: Polity.

Collier, Paul (2007). The Bottom Billion. Why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it. Oxford: Oxford University Press


Diamond, Jared (1997). Guns, Germs and Steel. New York: Norton

Judt, Tony (2010). Ill Fares The Land. London: Penguin.

Wilkinson and Pickett (2010). The Spirit Level. Why Equality is Better for Everyone. London: Penguin.

Financial crisis (2008) explained

The Inside Job. Documentary. Sony Classics / Ferguson 2010. download transcript.


Martenson, Chris (2011). The Crash Course – The Unsustainable Future of our Economy, Energy and Environment. New Jersey: Wiley.


Magnus, George (2009). The Age of Aging – How Demographics are Changing the Global Economy and our World. New Jersey: Wiley.

Pogge, Thomas (2002). World Poverty and Human Rights. Cambridge: Polity.

Hessel, Stephane (2010). Indignez-Vous! Montpellier: Indigène éditions.

Taleb, Nassim (2007). The Black Swan. The Impact of the Highly Improbable. London: Penguin.

Klein, Naomi (2007). The Shock Doctrine – The rise of Disaster Capitalism. London: Pengiun.

Frankl, Viktor E. (1946). Man’s search for Meaning. Original published as Ein Psycholog erlebt das Konzentrationslager. Wenen: Verlag für Jugend und Volk.

Zizek, Slavoj (2011). Living in The End Times. London: Verso.

Dostoevski, Fjodor. Crime and Punishment. (link to online English version)

Big Picture analysis

Ashcroft, Ross (2011). The Four Horsemen. Documentary. (website).

Egmond, Klaas van (2011). Een vorm van Beschaving. Zeist: Christofoor. (abstract – in Dutch)

Diamond, Jared (2005). Collapse. How societies choose to fail or survive. London: Penguin.

Metanexus. Institute focused on big and connected thinking. Company striving to collect knowledge connecting the dots.; bigger picture analysis starting from oil depletion.

Big History of life and the Universe by Harvard prof. Eric Chaisson. 

Ecosystem, biodiversity, climate and ecosystemic tipping points

Hansen – Tipping Point (in Dutch)

Systems Philosophy (philo ~ love , sophia ~ wisdom)

Schumacher, E.F. (1977). A Guide for the Perplexed. New York: Harper and Row. Wikipedia. Abstract.

Bateson, Gregory (1979). Mind and Nature. A Necessary Unity. New York: E.P. Dutton. Documentary ‘An Ecology of Mind’ made by his daughter.

Renewable Energy

Prices of solar voltaic panels:

How solar will outprice coal in about two years:

The Arts

Johnstone, Keith (1979). Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre (1st ed.). Faber and Faber.

Additional Sources

How the West Went Bust (BBC). Two part series on how the UK and other Western countries increased their debt and zeroed savings, while the Chinese do just the opposite. As a result, the growth-oriented Western economy is skidding to a halt.


The Trap (Adam Curtis, BBC, 2007). Not meticulously argued, heavily suggestive, but still insightful account of how Cold War induced game theory ‘trickled down’ into 1990s-2000s free market ideology. Three parts (other parts found in related videos).