Using augmented reality animation, Hans Rosling tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes, in this spectacular section of ‘The Joy of Stats’. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine (and complain about).
Transcend International has as its mission: To bring about a more peaceful world by using action, education/training, dissemination and research to transform conflicts nonviolently, with empathy and creativity, for acceptable and sustainable outcomes.
In its most basic form, sustenance Economics is the ecology of how humans make a living. It is the economics of how we meet our basic needs in order to survive, reproduce and hopefully thrive. Sustenance economics are an essentially social activity. It is meeting our basic needs through co-operation and sharing – not just with other humans but with the web-of-life. Sustenance economics are the most fundamental kind of direct action, characterized by interpersonal interactions on the family, local, and community levels. It is the way me meet our basic needs for food, water, shelter, right livelihood, community and peace. As Vandana Shiva describes it: “The sustenance economy includes all spheres in which humans produce in balance with nature and reproduce society through partnerships, mutuality, and reciprocity.”
Synchromysticism is a portmanteau of the words “synchronicity” and “mysticism.” A synchronicity is a coincidence with meaning. An observance of synchronicity is often coupled with a recent moment of personal enlightenment or great insight. The synchromystic world-view is that everything in the universe is connected. All symbols have multiple layers of information, histories, and interpretations. Given enough time and information, eventually all symbols, themes and ideas will be found to contain information about all the others so that each piece of the puzzle becomes holographic in nature; meaning that by focusing on one idea, all others can potentially be expressed.
Imagine discovering a product that you’ve been using is causing serious damage to your health and the environment. But instead of safely disposing of that toxic product, you decide to go next door and sell it to your neighbor. Hard to imagine, right? This scenario isn’t entirely unimaginable. In the United States, once a pesticide is pulled off the market because it is shown have dangerous effects on peoples’ health and the environment, we allow corporations to continue manufacturing and exporting that pesticide to other countries–even just a few feet across our borders.
States of Awareness is a thoughtful curation of films & essays which explore the vast spectra of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Various modalities are explored — Breathing, Meditation, Hypnosis, Out of Body Experiences, Entheogens, Near Death Experiences, Sungazing, Floatation, etc. Our aim is to serve as a refreshing source of inspiration, research and dialogue towards expanding our awareness and awakening the mind.