The Broadbent Institute is an independent, progressive organization in Canada that seeks to promote equality, sustainability and democratic values. This video explains the findings of their study about wealth distribution in Canada, and highlights the disproportion between Canadian perceptions on income inequality and the realities that exist.
Learn More: www.broadbentinstitute.ca/income_inequality
Don’t know about Crash Course yet? Here’s a little recap of Season 3! Thought Café is the graphics team for this awesome educational series. If you’re itching to watch some episodes, head on over to https://www.youtube.com/crashcourse.
On September 26th 2012, Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW), a German foundation, launched a specially commissioned report from Policy Cures, titled “Saving Lives and Creating Impact: EU Investment in Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases.” The new study quantifies for the first time, the domestic benefits the EU derives from public investment in poverty-related and neglected diseases, including at least 13,000 jobs created between and 2002 and 2010 and a further €1.05 in investments into the Union for each €1 of European public PRND R&D spending.
This video was a call to action for greater investment in this area, and it succeeded! On November 28, 2012, the EU’s Industry, Research, and Energy (ITRE) Committee voted to continue funding of R&D for poverty-related and neglected diseases (PRND). This is a major win for health, the international development community, the Gates Foundation (our client in this effort), and most importantly for people around the world suffering from diseases like malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS.
For more information, please visit: www.dsw-online.org
Check out our latest animation for the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC). If you’re racking your brain trying to come up with the right gift for that special person on your list, consider listening to a few wise words from actor David Strathairn.
Republicans in Congress reportedly voted for an average tax break of $160,000 per year for millionaires–simultaneous with tax hikes on 25 million families.
Americans For Tax Fairness want to call attention to this issue, and demand a ‘comprehensive, progressive tax reform that results in greater revenue to meet our growing needs.’ Parts of it includes forcing the wealthy and big corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. What are your thoughts on the issue, and how can we come up with a tax reform that’s fair for all?
The Center For Election Science teamed up with us to create this video–probably our cutest to date–about a method of voting called Approval Voting. Approval Voting is a voting method for single-winner elections. It addresses vote splitting and always allows you to vote your honest favorite without wasting your vote. Take a trip to Plantsville with us, and see how Approval Voting is a smart idea–not just in Plantsville–but everywhere. And tell us which vegetable or fruit is your favourite!
In this Thought Bubble, Bill delivers a personal, moving message about his journey battling the fossil fuel industry, how it’s been given too many advantages and free passes in our system, and how we need to join what he calls the biggest fight of our time, possibly of all time.
In this latest piece with UNICEF, we tell the story of a pair of boots belonging to Nigel Fisher, president and CEO of UNICEF. Watch the amazing journey they’ve taken with him, and just a bit of what Nigel and UNICEF strive to contribute to communities in need around the world.
In the last few years, a new extension to a current pipeline has been proposed to carry Tar Sands oil all the way to Texas, putting some of North America’s most fragile ecosystems and waterways in serious peril.
When we heard this impassioned speech that Naomi Klein delivered at the Washington, DC Tar Sands Action Rally back in September, we knew it should be our next Thought Bubble.
Did you know Mozilla (the creators of Firefox) are a non-profit organization, dedicated to keeping the internet free, open, and accessible to all? Neither did we! Our latest video tells the story of Mozilla for the first time. How it got started, and why.
Find out more about Mozilla:
The Declaration of Interdependence was written by David Suzuki, Tara Cullis, Raffi Cavoukian, Wade Davis and Guujaaw back in 1992 for the United Nations’ Earth Summit.
It was published in 2010, accompanied with traditional Haida style art by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. As a spirited call to action and “pledge to Planet Earth”, we created this video to show just how relevant this text still is today. We’re thrilled to have David Suzuki and his wife Tara Cullis, two of the foremost leaders of the environmental movement featured in this very special Thought Bubble.
Visit their website to see all the great work they do http://www.davidsuzuki.org.
The democratic system of government is a complicated creature, one that is vulnerable to all sorts of attempts to create advantages for one side over another. Some groups may try to subtly influence the system, while in other cases the corruption is more obvious. The practice of gerrymandering falls into the latter category, and is a major factor in American politics.
We created this video for Marjorie Sun’s Kickstarter project, in which she expresses her mission to set out to report on China’s growing energy revolution.
Learn more about Marjorie’s project here:
We’re excited to have teamed up with Mozilla Foundation–the creators of Firefox–once more. This time, to create a series describing Webmakers. Webmakers is a new Mozilla initiative that encourages increased web literacy among youth, instructors, educators, and creatives. Check out the Instructors installment here.
We teamed up with New York Times best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, to create this Thought Bubble on the power of kindness.
It’s quite sobering to know that about 19,000 children die everyday of preventable causes, making it a huge issue that begs for more widespread awareness. Survival Gifts are a neat way to give, because you can donate tangible things (an actual gift that comes in a box)–like a set of soccer balls to encourage and facilitate play, a literacy pack filled with exercise books to encourage learning through reading, crucial items for emergency situations and disasters, and it removes some of the ambiguity from a typical donation–leaving you with the feeling that you’ve provided something physical to a real community. We thought that was truly inspiring. If you’re into it, find out more about Unicef’s Survival Gifts at http://survivalgifts.ca.
You can also check out some older videos we’ve done to promote UNICEF’s Survival Gifts here, featuring a boy who’s found himself without his family in the midst of a natural disaster, and here, featuring a girl who’s village doesn’t have access to clean drinking water.
We created this Thought Bubble for Adbusters editor and activist, Micah White, to explain the concept of Junk Thought, and the story of Pierre Landry – a man killed by advertising.
Check out Adbusters.org where Micah White acts as Editor-At-Large, and is also the co-creator of the Occupy Wall Street meme. Find out more about Micah here.
[This version has sound design and music composition by Allan Levy; view the original here.]
In 2009, we came across a Vlogbrothers video in which John Green summarized the healthcare debate that was raging in the news and media. We decided to turn it into a Thought Bubble.