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Imagining Africa: El Anatsui brings his metal tapestries to ROM

Three Continents, 2009 by El Anatsui

Ghanaian sculptor Brahim El Anatsui's father was a master weaver who taught the tradition of strip-weaving Kente cloths to his sons. This textile technique has become a staple of El Anatsui's art: he amasses and refashions the debris from his community to create majestic, visual narratives that address his personal history and global issues like environmental sustainability. The North American premiere of his four-decade career retrospective When I Last Wrote to You About Africa is at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, having been extended to Feb. 27.

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Defining Progress: Street Artist Gilf! on gentrification, art, activism and the iconic 5 Pointz Mecca

October 17, 2014
| For this episode, New York-based street artist Gilf! discusses America’s wars of occupation, gentrification, art, politics, activism and smashing kitchens.
Length: 34:13 minutes (62.67 MB)
July 9, 2014 |
A new survey shows that Wal Mart's mistreatment of its employees is harming the company's reputation among consumers and causing some loyal customers to shop elsewhere.
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George Monbiot on The Pricing of Everything

July 9, 2014
| In the annual lecture at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, George Monbiot challenges the idea that it's possible to put a price on nature.
Length: 47:28 minutes (43.46 MB)

Exploitation of the invisible hands that do all the work

Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy

by Edited by Corinne Goria
(Voices of Witness/McSweeney's,
2014;
$16.00)

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The stories in Corinne Goria's Invisible Hands paint a horrifying portrait of the impact of rampant consumerism on communities and individuals from Bangladesh to Zambia. But while the workers experience profound disrespect, they dream of equity, fairness and workplace decency.

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Tips for simplifying the holiday season

December 23, 2013
| Sarah Baird of the Center for a New American Dream shares some suggestions about how to resist the urge to buy a lot of stuff for our loved ones at Christmas and do something more meaningful instead.
Length: 12:23 minutes (11.35 MB)

Holiday gift guide

photo: flickr creative commons from asenat29

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'Tis the season of last-minute trips to big box stores, frantic online shopping and parking space disputes, but it doesn’t have to be. All it takes is a little bit of creativity to give gifts that don’t leave you feeling like a guilty consumer. The good news is you don’t need to break the bank to do it. Here are just a few of the many ways to keep your holiday gifting sustainable, ethical and economical.

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Why we shopped second hand

photo: flickr creative commons Melissa Eder

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Two Saturday mornings ago, I started my Christmas shopping, but I didn’t hit the likeliest of spots. Instead, I wandered down Ottawa Street, a stretch that acts as a throwback to Hamilton’s industrial past. The street, which once housed the booming garment and textile industry during WWI and WWII, is still known for its fabric shops, as well as many cozy cafés and antique stores, the latter being the reason for my visit.

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'Corporations in our Heads' explores exploitative corporate culture and consumer awareness

Photo: Tim Matheson

Everyone has at least one moment of magnitude -- at what may be a workshop, a talk, a film, a concert or a play -- when they arrive unprepared, or perhaps exhausted and late. Much to their own bewilderment, however, they leave with great insight, validation or perhaps a newly-formed outlook through which they see culture and the finite resources of its structures.

This bewilderment ending in insight is the best way to sum up the mission behind Corporations in Our Heads, the interactive play from Headlines Theatre about people's relationships to corporations.

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