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Active Citizenship

These are Videos about active citizenship. They are discussions, case studies and other videos that look at how citizens can be active in their communities to maker a difference.l

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Digital Inclusion

With the staged introduction of Universal Credit (UC) underway, Housing Association-Tenant relationships have never been more important. Under UC, tenants will be obliged to manage their own money and take on responsibility for paying their own housing fees directly to the association via an online account; a major shift for associations and tenants alike.But not only universal credit but also in developing needed employment skills and combatting social isolation digital literacy becomes vital. And residents of social housing often have less access to the Internet than the general population. So there is now an effort from social landlords, government and community groups to address this pro...

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Community Dialogue

Feelings of loneliness and social isolation can affect people at any stage in their life, but are particularly acute for older people. Research has made important distinctions between the two states, looked at some of the risk factors and identified the effects both on individuals and public services, particularly in social care and health.In this short Webinar Module we explore with Carol Grant the problem of loneliness and isolation that older people often suffer in our communities and discuss strategic ways that authorities and communities can work together to tackle this problem. This Webinar Module is developed in collaboration with the Local Government Information Unit LGiU - a th...

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Future Democracy

The role of the voluntary sector in our society is crucial and is essential for the health and vibrancy of civil society. A truly democratic society is one with an active and vibrant voluntary sector.A flourishing voluntary sector enables a positive contagion to ripple out to achieve the following outcomes: healthier happier citizens, a stronger democracy, more resilient, better targeted services and sizeable economic savings.So how do we encourage and expand the voluntary sector in our different communities. How do we make it thrive and grow?  

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Eye Opening Conversations

There have been many approaches to developing conversations that have added value to people’s lives as too many habitual conversations involve grumbling, blaming, cynicism or despair. These just make us feel bad and powerless. It does not have to be this way.

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Radicalisation

Since the emergence of so-called 'Islamic State' (ISIS) in the Spring and Summer of 2014, the cases of young Muslims from Europe joining ISIS in Syria have garnered considerable media attention. And especially the fact that dozens of young women have decided to migrate to the Middle East and join ISIS has raised many questions.

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Abuse In The Name Of Culture

In a world of diversity and differences then there is a growing need to respect those differences and to understand that they are important to different communities that not only make up our world but also our own diverse communities in the countries in which we live.But what about human rights and how do we react to practices in some cultures that are abusive to people – and often especially to women. Is abuse in the name of culture justified or are human rights of paramount importance.

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Universal Basic Income

An unconditional basic income is a form of social security system in which all citizens or residents of a country regularly receive an unconditional sum of money, either from a government or some other public institution, in addition to any income received from elsewhere.(see: Wikipedia)This theme covers videos discussing pros and cons of a basic income. 

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Brexit and its consequences 

This themed site is collecting videos that discuss the consequences of Brexit.

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European Convention on Human Rights

On this themed site you can find videos discussing and describing the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights.

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Responding To The European Refugee Crisis

The world has developed into a more unsettled place than it was at the end of the last century, War and conflicts, resource shortages and extreme weather has resulted in movements of population in different parts of the globe. In Europe this is now a major issue facing many countries with hundreds of thousands of people on the move. It is raising many issues about accommodation, integration and human rights. GlobalNet21 is holding a House of Commons Meeting with David Burrowes MP who has been deeply concerned with the human rights of people who are refugees both in terms of their settlement and also the sometimes inhuman conditions of their detention. David has long campaigned for...

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Ethics &amp; The Arms Trade<br>

The arms trade is a major cause of human rights abuses. Some governments spend more on military expenditure than on social development, communications infrastructure and health combined. The 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council (US, Russia, France, United Kingdom and China), together with Germany and Italy account for around 85% of the arms sold between 2004 and 2011. World military spending had reduced since the Cold War ended, but a few nations such as the US retain high level spending. In recent years, global military expenditure has increased again and is now comparable to Cold War levels. Recent data shows global spending at over $1.7 trillion. 2012 sa...

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TTIP - Giving Up Our Democracy

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a series of trade negotiations being carried out mostly in secret between the EU and US. As a bi-lateral trade agreement, TTIP is about reducing the regulatory barriers to trade for big business, things like food safety law, environmental legislation, banking regulations and the sovereign powers of individual nations. Apart of that agreement relates to the rules for Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) that will empower multinationals to sue democratically elected governments for passing laws which threaten their profits and this could mean shareholders not voters making key decisions thus reducing democratic a...

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Global Health &amp; Climate Change<br>

Climate Change threatens to undermine half a century of progress in global health, according to a major new report produced by the Lancet/UCL commission on health and climate change, a collaboration of dozens of experts from around the world, and is backed by Margaret Chan, head of the UN World Health Organisation. In it they state, “On our current trajectory, going to 4C [of warming] is somewhere we don’t want to go and that has very serious and potentially catastrophic effects for human health and human survival and could undermine all of the last half-century’s gains.” The authors argue that health has been neglected from the climate change debate. It says doctors ...

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War &amp; Climate Change<br>

We often look on major conflicts in the world as the consequence of a religious creed or because of the imperialist intentions of Western powers. And yet, mass migrations usually take place because of war, natural disasters or resource shortages especially food and water. We know that war has ravaged Syria and Iraq but some have argued that man-made climate change has also played a significant role.   The war that helped drive the rise of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) was itself spawned in large part by what one expert called perhaps “the worst long-term drought and most severe set of crop failures since agricultural civilizations ...

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Understanding Our Minds And Our Worldview

All of us tend to create a 'worldview' to interpret what is happening around us and we often filter out information that challenges that 'worldview' through what has been called 'cultural cognition.'  On this themed site you can find a discussion with Dan Kahan from Yale Law School's Cultural Cognition Project. Another video is describing how cultural cognition influences our opinion about climate change. Then you can find a video about the „Cultural History Database Initiative“. Hans Rosling and Ola Rosling explain in the next video: How not to be ignorant about the world and finally you can find a video a about Russian philosophy and world view.  Here you can attend a WEBI...

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Information Technology and the Network Society

Social History of the Internet videos for the course 'Information Technology, Network Society and the Global University' http://worlduniversityandschool.org/InfoTechNetworkSocGlobalUniv.html also accessible from  http://scottmacleod.com

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What Makes Economic Sense - Government Budget Surpluses or Deficits

The British Government announced plans for permanent budget surpluses designed to cut the national debt arguing it will allow the government to borrow only in exceptional circumstances and ensures successive governments run a budget surplus.   But others have argued that the obsession with reducing national debt needs to be seen in a broader historical context. The current national debt of 80 per cent of GDP is not exceptional. Indeed, the UK welfare state was built against the background of high debt as that facilitated redistribution of wealth and investment in industries and improved people’s purchasing power. The net result was higher economic prosperity and ...

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Can We Rebel Against The System With Flatpack Democracy

Throughout Europe there has been a movement to revitalise democracy and bring it back to a citizen rather than a corporate base. Syriza in Greece was one manifestation of this as was the recent Spanish Elections that saw the success of anti establishment Parties. Now we are beginning to see that in the UK when in the General Election the traditional Political Parties had a minority share of the vote but because of the first past the post system had a large number of MPs in the House of Commons. And yet Scotland made it clear that when there is a real alternative then people will desert the traditional Parties in droves. In a very British way this happened in Frome in Somerset. At t...

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Brexit: would it trigger the end of the UK

A YES vote in an EU Brexit referendum: would it trigger Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland independence, and the end of the UK?   A YES vote in an EU Brexit referendum: would it trigger Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland independence, and the end of the UK?     The British Government promised the British people a referendum on Europe that should take place before the end of 2017. Following his re-election UK PM David Cameron reiterated his intention to hold the EU 'Brexit' referendum. Brexit is an abbreviation for British exit from the EU

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Transparency&amp; Open Government<br>

Public participation in policy making can improve the quality of policy making, bring greater accountability and transparency, and help deepen our democracy. Governments usually claim to be open and transparent. Are they doing enough to promote transparency, accountability and access to data for citizens? 

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Are pharmaceutical companies ethical and concerned about the public good

Are pharmaceutical companies more interested in profit than they are in health? Are drug companies ethical? This is a debate that affects us all and especially those in the developing world where access to cheap medication is vital. Are pharmaceutical companies evil, the dark force many think or are they making a positive effort to work openly to help those who most need it? What is the real truth? Can drug companies work for the public good or are they profit driven at any cost? Can pharmaceutical companies find alternative business models to high pricing in order to keep up bringing innovation without making new products inaccessible?

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Civic Engagement&amp; Public Policy<br>

What is the importance of civic engagement to public policy and how effective is participation and social involvement for the health of democracy. Do citizens really affect policy-making? Or do politicians only listen to the elites and lobbies? Although civic engagement has become increasingly important for political scientist, there are different interpretations of its impact on political change and democratic governance. This is a discussion that we will be having in GlobalNet21 in the coming year.

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Ethics and Politics

GlobalNet21 will be collaborating with The Ethics Society in London in developing a series of events around Ethics & Politics. Ethics is about the 'good life' and the relationship with that and the individual. Politics is about power and there is a natural tension between these two human activities. In the series of events we are planning, we will be exploring this tension around specific issues. We will list some videos here thast help develop this topic and hopefully do some social reports of our own.

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Effective Altruism

In a world where soon the richest 1% will own more than the rest of the globe yet 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty and where climate change is flooding homes and ruining crops how can we do more to help? 'Altruism or selflessness is the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others. It is a traditional virtue in many cultures and a core aspect of various religious traditions and secular worldviews, though the concept of 'others' toward whom concern should be directed can vary among cultures and religions. Altruism or selflessness is the opposite ofselfishness. The word was coined by the French philosopher Auguste Comte ...

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Food Scarcity

The Future of The Global Food Supply at Risk. By 2050 there will be 9 billion people on the planet – but will there be enough food for everyone? What environmental, societal and economic forces are reshaping the global context for food security? These and more questions will be raised on this themed site.

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Democracy in Transformation

On this theme-site, (wlp)° will collect videos related to the question how we can recreate and renew democracy so that it can once again connect with citizens.You can, find a number of videos from the UK, Canada and the United States – uncovering the weakness of two-party-systems and the power of bureaucracy, follow George Washington’s fundamental critics on parties, watch a report of a debate in India about transparency and privacy of party activities, attend a presentation by Noam Chomsky on “Democracy’s Endgame?”, followed by a conversation among him , Arundhati Roy, and Amy Goodman, or refresh you historical knowledge and philosophical background w...

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North Korea and Human Rights

North Korea would not survive without the support of China. Follow this debate to better understand the mentality and strategy of Chinas politics of power.

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Making Technology Work for a Sustainable World

Prof. Ian Bryden – Sustainable Technology: Meeting Our Future Needs and Aspirations. This talk will cover what is meant by sustainable engineering, including what is meant by engineering itself. Professor Bryden will introduce some of the tools used to assess sustainability and then considered the increasingly difficult issues associated with long term development.

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Direct Democracy

What is the state of democracy in the 21st century, what are its inadequacies and what do we need to do to make it relevant to the age we live in?

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CO-OPERATIVE ECONOMY&nbsp;

How can we move finance into a sustainable, people-centric economy and reduce the wealth gap? This themed site covers videos on Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Caroline Smalley, Hannah Arendt, Nom Chomsky and others. Their concern is the organisation of people’s relations.

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