3. (2014 July-August) Video: The End of Poverty? & Hawaiian Independence

“Hawaiian Independence for National and Global Justice will present segments from the films Hawaii A Voice For Sovereignty, The End of Poverty [commissioned by Robert Schalkenbach Foundation], and Life and Debt on July 25, 2014. The event is a community outreach for the purpose of discussions regarding national and global justice.”


6. (2014 April) Video: Monopoly’s Origins

“The recent announcement that Hasbro would be conducting an online vote to decidewhich “house rules” to officially incorporate into Monopoly got us thinking about the rules of the venerable board game and what, if anything, they tell us about economics. So we asked Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent Jordan Weissman and local gaming authority Steve Heisler to sit down for a round of the board game and a conversation about economic theory.”


3. (2014 March) Video: China’s Great Uprooting

This shocking video (see link below) demonstrates just how many people China plans to push into cities in the coming years. The figure will astound you. One can’t help being reminded of China’s “Great Leap Forward”, and the possibility that this initiative might have similar results.

Read full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/world/asia/chinas-great-uprooting-moving-250-million-into-cities.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

7. (2013 October) Video: Mauá Surroundings – Why Poverty?

Below is a link to a video about land speculation in São Paulo. It is part of a video series called Why Poverty?. The group is apparently well funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Ford Foundation and The Skoll Foundation among others. Their approach to producing videos is somewhat novel:

“We’re not a campaigning organisation. We don’t want money. We’re not pushing for a single, specific solution to global poverty.

We do want people to think and ask questions. What is it like to live in poverty? How does it shape you? Why are people still hungry? Why does it matter? What can I do to change the situation?”


Though their strategy is fit for a purpose other than promulgating LVT, there is much we can learn from the way Why Poverty? engages their audience. Rather than offering an immediate answer, they invite their audience to step into the world of the poor, to feel for them and to begin to care about the deeper institutional causes of poverty. Instead of immediately offering the solutions, they tell stories that make people want to find out for themselves. It’s my view that this type of story-telling and a focus on the “why”  is what makes their videos so popular. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. Horses, and people for that matter, need to be thirsty before they will drink. Simply inserting the why before the what often conjures such thirst.

“There are 450,000 empty properties São Paulo. A new movement is reclaiming them for families. It’s a battle that pitches people’s rights to homes [more aptly land] against the rights of home owners. If they are lucky enough to have homes, the poor of São Paulo live in cramped conditions, miles from amenities and work. But there are plenty of places to live in the centre of town and hundreds of families have taken over empty and abandoned buildings and founded new communities.

But it’s an action that puts them against the police and the law, as they break in and settle down. ‘The fight will not be done for you. It will be done by you.’ “


Link to video: http://bit.ly/Z6gMh

One may wonder if the approach and branding style of  Why Poverty? was influenced by the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation 2009 film (in partnership with Cinema Libre Studios), The End of Poverty?, and Why Global Poverty?, its companion book.

– Jacob Shwartz-Lucas


8. (2013 October) Video: Moon Plots for $20

“The notion that one man can lay claim to all the extraterrestrial bodies in our little corner of the galaxy sounds preposterous. Yet Dennis M. Hope, 65, of Gardnerville, Nev., the subject of this Op-Doc video, believes just that. For three decades, he has built a thriving business by “selling” land plots in space, on places like the moon, Mars and Venus.”

Obviously, the hottest properties are on Venus…

Link to the video: http://nyti.ms/10VeK39

9. (2013 October) Video: Land Grabbing -Oxfam & World Bank Conference

The following video produced by Oxfam urges YouTube viewers to tell the World Bank to put big land deals in poor countries on hold until other solutions can be worked out.

“Land grabs are tearing whole communities apart, leaving people hungry and homeless. It’s big business at a big cost. But the World Bank has the power to be a force for good. With your assistance, it can help protect the rights of the world’s poorest people.” -Oxfam

The World Bank Land and Poverty Conference at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., March 31 – April 3, 2014 is such an opportunity for Georgist scholars to offer LVT as a solution. The World Bank is now asking for papers to be presented at the conference. Contact Alanna Hartzok at earthrts@pa.net for more information.

Link: http://bit.ly/17F9RfS

7. (2013 September) Video: Our Rights To Earth And Freedom, TEDxGateway

As a child of the indigenous Sami people, Sofia has been strongly influenced by the powerful landscapes that surround her and the deep connection that her ancestors
have fostered through their traditional livelihoods which bond them to their land.

As a singer/songwriter, she has toured around the world performing her unique blend of jazz and pop, fused with the Sami musical tradition of Yoik .

Concerned over the destructive impact of industry on the Northern lands Sofia is a founding member of the Arvas Foundation- a group that seeks to remind people that we only borrow earth for a short time and our task is to preserve land and water for future generations.

You can see her Ted Talk using the link below.