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The landmark film about global aid and the limits of philanthropy.
The survival and life strategy work of Buckminster Fuller, 20th century architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist, and the man who coined the term Spaceship Earth, is at the heart of our campaign.
Our question, #IsThereEnough, is a doorway to his World Game question that asks how we make the world work for 100% of humanity, producing wealth, and survival, for all of us.
Benjamin Ferencz's heroic career has been promoting and instituting a single truth, "law over war" for more than 70 years. As one of the international legal community's living treasures, and one of the architects of the International Criminal Court, Ben is responsible for putting the concept of "crimes against humanity" into law. As a Nuremburg prosecutor, he was tasked with bringing to trial the Nazi death squad leaders that killed over 1,000,000 people. Not content with merely the defendants themselves, he put their crimes, and society itself, on trial, holding us to a new standard of international justice, a legacy that remains.
Law is an agreement that allows humans to transcend war. Our laws, norms, and social agreements create an inevitable path forward to making the world work for 100% of humanity.
Life lives in the conversation
That phrase, "life lives in the conversation" was authored by Marcia Martin
as consequential as any human being alive today in the success of what many people think of as the human potential movement, a global 20th century phenomenon that may prove to have seeded the tools we need for leadership in meeting the challenges of the 21st .
Marcia is fond of reminding us that life actually happens, and even transforms, by our conversation, something this campaign is built on demonstrating. Marcia's self commitment to her work began consciously in her teens, and in her early 20's, she became one of the most visible and impactful members of the team that produced and scaled EST (later known as The Forum) to evolve into the transformational global phenomenon it became, a set of work that is still being studied in academia and which had the love and attention of a late age Buckminster Fuller. As a youth and future oriented organization of the 1970's, it created a resurgence in appreciation for, and even an expansion of, Bucky's reach, helping him steer a new generation of social entrepreneurs that later influenced the work #IsThereEnough is currently doing.
Ms Kelton’s work suggests that government deficits are able to be used for creating wealth and inclusion in a particularly modern model in which society can play a participating market role.
Letter from Birmingham Jail
, one of Martin Luther King’s most famous pieces of expression, written at a pivotal moment in civil rights history, suggests, in the clearest possible terms, that any injustice anywhere, is an injustice everywhere. This #IsThereEnough campaign is about human lives, all human lives, and the rights to life and liberty that everyone has, no matter their country, race or religion.
This short video is one of our most popular references. Everyone loves this Dancing Guy's lesson from a talk by Derek Sivers, an early internet pioneer. This video was made by one of his fans made from a live talk in the late 90’s, Derek provides a powerful insight into how movements really take flight. Our entire campaign is a hyper example of this lesson..
The Entreprenueurial State
Mariana Mazzucato addresses the growing concern about capitalism and a counter movement embracing socialism. “There’s all sorts of different ways to do capitalism. There’s the kind of maximization of shareholder value. There’s the more stakeholder value perspective. . . that fundamentally affects how public and private come together. That’s what I think need complete rebooting rather than to start calling things socialism.”
Square Peg in a Round Hole
Nasa engineers faces an Apollo 13 Crisis none of us could imagine could be solved. To save the astronauts lives, they literally had to fit a square peg into a round hole and within a fixed period of time. Some say our plight is already lost, that our damage to our world is already so far much worse than anyone expected, that we are already past the point of saving ourselves. Perhaps we are not seeing how to re engineer.
Why We Hate
A 6 part Discovery Channel series from Alex Gibney and Steven Spielberg that explores our centuries old divisions, and tribal acts of violence and genocide. There is a key distinction made in Episode 1 that links scarcity and violence in a way we have never seen before.
Yuval Harari has published 3 books in the 21st century that have largely reconfigured our perspective on our history. His first book, Sapiens, introduced the idea that almost all of society's progressive evolutions and institutional structures are human "fictions". There are no corporations or countries in nature. Birds do not hold mortgages. These are man made collaborations we all agree to use which have in fact allowed us to collaborate in enormous numbers. To us, the word "fiction" works, transitively, for an historical perspective. But, in fact, what Harari calls a fiction, we suggest is an"agreement". All of our wealth and progress is built, not so much on our fictions but on our agreement on those fictions. It is a critical, survival-oriented distinction.
Man's Search For Meaning, Viktor Frankl's story of concentration camp survival and ultimate triumph, left a legacy of psychological framework which places meaning and value as the source of what it means to create a happy and healthy life. This same essential focus of meaning and value is not yet well measured in society's aggregate wealth indexes. We do not yet have a measure, in the way we can measure GDP, unemployment, and trade deficits, of economic impact and meaning
The Pursuit is a globe trotting journey of conservative economist Arthur Brooks showing the advances entrepreneurialism has made over the last 100 years in India and other emerging populations suggesting that capitalism in a more inclusive model can lift people out of struggle and poverty.
Paul Polman, one of the key framers of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals for 2030
This video is an address to the UN SDG Forum and contains some surprisingly positive statistics about wealth and ststainablilty, while still focusing us on our problem in impact finance. This video's references are at the foundation of this campaign's Impact Finance goals.
Are There Real Limits to Growth?
Andrew McAfee author of "More From Less" on Fareed Zacharia's GPS Global Public Square with some surprising facts about how humans are finding ways fo doing more with less, what Buckminster Fuller predicted. .
What are the SDG's?
The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all". The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030.
Ken Windes, Founder of "The Game Academy" from Convict to Freedom in 6 years
Ken Windes was an American triumph story few have heard. For those that have, it defies belief, and yet it is completely true. Ken freed himself from the maximum security prison at Marion, Illinois, one of the toughest prisons in America, in the late 1960's,. He did not leave by escape through a tunnel, as he had dreamed of, but with the intervention and collaboration of his mentor, Dr Martin Gruder, a young psychologist avoiding service in the Vietnam War. Together, they transformed an entire prison community and gave new hope to a generation of young men. Their results were so clear and life changing, that while Ken was still a registered convict, the pair traveled to prisons throughout the country teaching their methods to other prison professionals. Eventually, the transformed prison-trained psychologist Ken Windes was released, years before his legal path to parole. When he emerged from prison life, Windes founded The Game Academy and moved his practice to workshop forums helping people liberate themselves from, as Ken would say, "the prison walls of their mind". #IsThereEnough is a global application of one of Windes' core ideas.
Leaving Them Wanting More
The question of #IsThereEnough has an entirely new twist when it comes to Seinfeld. How much Seinfeld was #enough, was the key question for an artist responsible for bringing his audience a rare thing of value that is arguably one of the 10 greatest entertainment phenomena of all time. Jerry is asked by Oprah Winfrey in this video, "why did you end Seinfeld?" and his clear and articulate answer reveals that the things we value most are the things we do not have enough of. Jerry wanted his audience to experience that value at its highest capability.
"The problems of the world, Roosevelt concluded, were 'caused as much by those who fear change as by those who seek revolution…In government, in science, in industry, in the arts, inaction and apathy are the most potent foes.' Two obstacles, perversely complementary in their asymmetry, impeded progress. One was 'the lack of cohesion on the part of the liberal thinkers themselves,' who shared a common vision but disagreed on the methods of realizing it. The other was 'the solidarity of the opposition to a new outlook, [which] welds together the satisfied and and the fearful.'"
Money & You
Money & You has become one of the most consequential and influencial developers of human transformational talent of the last 50 years, on a global scale and perspective. It has trained over 100,000 graduates who are now in leadership positions throughout the world in dozens of disciplines, including business, government and social impact.
Money & You is a global leadership game, purposely and artfully seeming to be about money, and our relationship to it. It is, instead, a journey to self discovery and the way we collaborate with others. It is the most vivid way possible for anyone to truly understand, in a group environment, that wealth is not money, and money is not wealth, a difference that matters in survival and standard of living. It is also the fastest way for any team to accelerate productive relationship results.
The program was founded in 1979 by Marshall Thurber, Bobbi DePorter, two groundbreaking pioneers in combining entrepreneurship with social impact education, and Dame Doria Cordova, who is leading it to this day. It is based on the interactive experiential learning principles of super teaching, and masters the ability to meaningfully incorporate complex and specific principles from the work of Buckminster Fuller, Edwards Deming, and Ilya Prigogene, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry 1977, among a number of others. Using ground breaking experiential education methods, these complex systems thinkers became visceral and accessible to anyone.
This #IsThereEnough campaign carries much of its core essence and many of its principles.
Jeep® kicks off Game Day by reminding us we are stronger than the obstacles in our way, and invites us to remember all the ways we are connected as Americans. A timeless CJ-5 takes us on a journey to the U.S. Center Chapel in Kansas in search of common ground. We have spanned deserts and climbed the highest peaks. We can cross this divide. #JeepTheMiddle
F.M. (Frederick Matthias) Alexander (20 January 1869 – 10 October 1955) founded a highly influential study of kinesthetic education, focusing on both reactive and habitual limitations and capabilities in movement and thinking. It has been adopted by influential performance artists, educators, and wholistic health care practitioners throughout the world. In his seminal work, The Use Of The Self, Alexander helped frame an adaptive theory that man's instincts, inherited from thousands of years of evolution, were not reliable to keep pace with the choices individuals are faced with in the modern world.