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Buffett & Gates Go Back to School

The two wealthiest men in America, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, give business students at the University of Nebraska advice on how to get a job, how to find success, and how to help change the world.
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Anatomy of a Corporate Takeover [electronic resource]

In Program 5, a panel of prominent Americans in the fields of business, law, and economics discuss ethics as they relate to corporate takeovers. They consider what responsibility is owed to shareholders, investors, employees, consumers, and the public, and whether there should be a sense of fairness in the corporate world. Debating the issues are T. Boone Pickens; chief executives from Borg-Warner, Goodyear, and Berkshire Hathaway; economist Lester Thurow; and Senator Tim Wirth.

The Solution [electronic resource]

After realizing that the business she founded lacked women in key management roles, Hilary Devey set out a plan of action. In this program, Devey explores ways to create a more equitable male-to-female ratio in business. Traveling to Norway, where a quota system now requires companies to award 40% of board positions to women, she learns how change is implemented - and whether the new women board members are merely "tokens." Devey also assesses alternatives, such as changing the corporate culture, mentoring of female colleagues, and sharing childcare duties with one's spouse.

Industrial and Sustainable Farming [electronic resource]

Perhaps the biggest challenge facing the agricultural industry today is feeding the world's rapidly growing population while also caring for the environment. At the center of the challenge is the tension between sustainable and more mainstream industrial farming practices. This video looks at ecological problems caused by farming which relies on pesticides, hormones, and heavy mechanization. The program also assesses the advantages and disadvantages of sustainable alternatives. Interviews with a vegetable farmer, an organic winemaker, and an environmental scientist explore issues at the core of agribusiness while touching on innovative ideas and ongoing technological changes in farming practices around the world.

Cooperation Beats Competition [electronic resource]

Survival of the fittest is a phrase coined by economist Herbert Spencer and often used to imply that competition, not consensus, is the fundamental means of survival. But an age-old spiritual concept-that placing the common good ahead of self-interest will enhance both-has been getting new attention. In this program, Hazel Henderson and ethical investing leader Terry Mollner assert that even in the financial realm, cooperation can outperform competition. Mollner uses the example of Occupy Wall Street to illustrate ways that new economic paradigms can be created, and tells the story of how he convinced Unilever to allow Ben & Jerry's to retain its social mission after being bought out.

Generation Rx [electronic resource]: Resisting the Culture of Overmedication

At the 1991 FDA Prozac hearings, scores of impassioned victims described how the drug pushed them to the brink of suicide. But the pharmaceutical industry succeeded in getting its own message out, ushering its products into the mainstream while voices on the opposite side of the debate have largely faded. This film reawakens many of the arguments made against the culture of psychotropic prescription. Assembling a plethora of leaked memos, flawed studies, and previously unseen conference footage, the documentary points to a pattern of collusion between drug manufacturers and the regulatory watchdogs at the FDA. Meanwhile, many experts believe that our society is in the grip of an epidemic of doping and drugging. Has an era of mercenary medication dawned, in which we'll forget what it [...]

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Justice for Restaurant Workers

In this edition of Moyers & Company, Saru Jayaraman - who marched on Washington with restaurant workers struggling to make ends meet - joins Bill to talk about how we can best support these workers' right to a fair wage. Jayaraman is the cofounder and codirector of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, which works to improve pay and working conditions for America's ten million-plus restaurant workers. She is also the author of Behind the Kitchen Door, an insider's exposé of the restaurant industry. An essay on predatory capitalism and the One Percent concludes the program.

Zeitgeist [electronic resource]: Addendum - Social Pathology

This program exposes various levels of international corruption via the financial and corporate systems - including the manipulation of public leaders to further the interests of corporate institutions.

Daring to Care-Prosperously! [electronic resource]

Socially responsible investing may seem like a good idea philosophically, but is it profitable? In this program banker Susan Davis talks with Hazel Henderson about KINS, a successful financial networking strategy based on generosity, win-win deals, conscious capitalism, and creating a greener economy. Davis, founder of the Capital Missions Company, explains how she proved to asset managers that triple-bottom-line portfolios could meet traditional financial benchmarks, even for institutional investors. Davis also discusses her book The Trojan Horse of Love, which details her journey from old-school finance professional to pioneer in ethical investing.

The Politics of Money [electronic resource]

Christopher Lindstrom wants to reestablish the connection between communities and currency, with money standing as a symbol of trust between individuals rather than as a note of debt to a huge, abstract, and potentially harmful system. Cofounder of the Fund for Complementary Currencies, Lindstrom helped create the BerkShare, a money designed to support local and environmentally sustainable development. In this program, Lindstrom and Hazel Henderson examine misconceptions about how finance is structured, and describe efforts to place economic power back into the hands of the people using electronic barter, Internet crowd-funding, and the ideas of the Slow Money Institute.

The Cost of Sushi [electronic resource]: Emptying the Seas

The bluefin tuna, called by BBC News "one of the most highly-prized-and fought over-species and foodstuffs in the world," is known to fishermen as a "floating goldmine." But the world's taste for sushi has pushed this species to the brink of extinction, and now it is the Mediterranean spawning grounds that are coming under attack. Should bluefin tuna fishing be banned? From Croatia to Greece, from Japan to the coast of Spain, this program investigates the global impact of tuna fishing and asks if there is such a thing as sustainable sushi. The efforts of independent fisheries consultant Roberto Mielgo, who is trying to protect bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean, are spotlighted.

Closing the Gender Gap [electronic resource]: Job Club

The pay gap between men and women has long been a fact of life, but the tide may be turning. This ABC News report finds that one group of women are doing better than others. Women under the age of 30 who are not married and have no children earn up to eight percent more than their male counterparts.

Phantom Debt Collectors Scam Americans [electronic resource]

Suffering the effects of a weak economy, millions of cash-strapped Americans applied for payday loans online. Personal financial information from these applications ended up in the hands of scam artists who then used it to bilk hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars from borrowers who had already paid their loans in full. This ABC News report investigates a criminal enterprise based in India that has already collected more than

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Bandi Mbubi - Demand a Fair Trade Cell Phone

Your mobile phone, computer, and game console may have a bloody past tied to tantalum mining, which funds war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Drawing on his personal story in this TEDTalk, activist and refugee Bandi Mbubi gives a stirring call to action.

The Future of Socially Responsible Investing [electronic resource]

The popularity of ethical investing has grown over the past few decades, but when financial advisor Amy Domini started out in the industry, there wasn't much information about it available. Noting that most of her clients had lines they wouldn't cross, such as putting money into tobacco companies, she helped create the Domini 400 Social Index and wrote Socially Responsible Investing: Making a Difference and Making Money. In this program, Domini shares her insights about the future of socially responsible investing with Hazel Henderson, touching on quality management, the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements, how the U.S. stacks up against Brazil and China, and more.

Bypassing Wall Street [electronic resource]

Asset manager Katherine Collins had a successful career with Fidelity when she decided to pursue a degree from Harvard Divinity School. Now the CEO of Honeybee Capital, she believes it is possible to combine ethics with financial trading, and that bypassing Wall Street in favor of Main Street is one way to do it. In this program, Collins and Hazel Henderson explore socially responsible investments, touching on deregulation, high-frequency trading, and the fact that more and more retail investors are swearing off publicly-traded companies. Also discussed: the Darwin Project, which is based on the premise that human progress is due to cooperation, not competition.

Transition to a Global Green Economy [electronic resource]

Generating jobs at three times the rate of the conventional sector, green investments have been a boon not just to the health of the planet but to that of the economy. In this program Alisa Gravitz, co-founder of the ethical consumerism group Green America, speaks with Hazel Henderson about environmentally sustainable economic models. Gravitz warns of a bursting "climate bubble" along the lines of the tech and housing bubbles-especially if the U.S. continues to rely on a fossil fuel-based mono economy-and also describes Green America's "break up with your mega-bank" campaign, its Green Business Network, and the Green Pages, all aimed at promoting small, socially-conscious businesses.

Should Banks Be Public Utilities? [electronic resource]

Given the terrible malfunctioning of too-big-to-fail banks and the ineffectual bail-outs, should banking be made a public good like the electric power system? In this program Leland Lerhman, managing partner of Fund Balance, and Hazel Henderson examine the need to correct financial models that are now harming both humans and the planet. Lerhman believes that steering toward the tenets of social credit will ultimately benefit the economy while promoting human and ecological values. Among the topics raised: Ellen Brown's The Web of Debt, the concept of guaranteed income, and the development from negative screens to more sophisticated ways of linking financial systems to ecosystems.

This Space Available [electronic resource]: Outdoor Advertising and the Fight Against Visual Pollution

With billboards choking cityscapes around the world, a global grassroots movement has sprouted that is uniting concerned citizens with visionary politicians, enlightened business leaders, and outraged street artists in a fight against visual pollution. This Space Available explores efforts to reclaim commercially usurped public spaces as it takes an incisive look at the differences between the Baby Boomer generation, which spawned the excess in advertising, and today's young adults-the most marketed-to generation in history. Complex issues of economics, urban development, public space, aesthetics, and more are confronted as the documentary grapples with the question of who public space is for.

Noam Chomsky [electronic resource]: Crisis and Hope-Theirs and Ours

On June 12, 2009, Noam Chomsky gave a historic address at the Riverside Church in New York City. Captured here before an audience of more than 2,000 people, Chomsky offers a powerful analysis of the current economic crisis and its structural roots; the continuity in U.S. foreign policy under the Barack Obama administration; and the class interests driving U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Finally, he speaks at length about the tradition of worker self-management as a concrete alternative to the business-as-usual approach of corporations and the government during the current crisis. The film also features an introduction by Amy Goodman and an intimate interview with Noam Chomsky.