In old factory towns, former mining villages, urban slums and rural hamlets across Europe, a shared disillusionment with the political establishment has grown to a level that hasn’t been seen for over a century.
The people who inhabit such places, whatever European nation they happen to reside in, are overwhelmingly those who lost out when the post-war economic settlement was dismantled and deregulated in the 1980s.
Often geographically and socially isolated, they find themselves on the losing side of globalisation. In contrast, the elites live in a cluster of metropolitan cities that are ever more interchangeable: populated by highly mobile, highly skilled workers. These people are the winners in today’s great game of connection, the AirBnB landlord, the frequent Uber customer.
We might ask what, if anything, could unite these two groups? Even if it were possible to take the coder running a startup in East London and transplant her to the Welsh valleys, or the Barcelona PR specialist and ask him to operate out of a rapidly depopulating coal mining town in Asturias, there would still be the far bigger challenge of bridging the divide between the centre and the periphery of the wider European economy.Read more
Recent years have seen a flurry of activity in media studios and government offices aimed at weighing up the pros and cons of basic income. Today, across Europe and North America, a number of countries are taking steps to launch investigate pilot schemes.
There is no shortage of backing for such initiatives, from a wide variety of sources. From the French Senate to the Italian city of Livorno, from the New Zealand Labour Party to the Namibian village of Otjivero – we can see new a will to experiment with basic income.
But despite the diverse spread of interest in making basic income a reality, the challenges, even of mounting a pilot scheme, are often formidable.Read more
With a brand new selection of compelling documentaries and exciting campaigns ahead, the innovative doc screening and promotion platform Moving Docs is launching its next instalment. Upcoming highlights include the pan-European release of Christian Tod's Free Lunch Society and a photo competition in connection with the film Dolphin Man by Lefteris Charitos.
Since the 2008 financial crisis, big questions about inequality, rapid technological change, and the future of the welfare state have come to dominate politics across Europe and North America.
Almost a decade later, the initial response of governments to that year’s events (top-down austerity measures, tax breaks and bank bailouts) has been credited with fuelling a rise in populism. So it’s not hard to see why progressives across both continents are engaged in a wide-ranging search for alternatives.
Increasingly, centre-left politicians have started to give serious consideration to 'citizen’s basic income' as the cornerstone for a new social settlement in the twenty-first century. Only this week, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon included funding for research into the concept as part of her Programme for Government.
What would life be like if your government made sure every citizen was financially secure – regardless of whether they worked or not?Read more
Are you in love with the sea?
Upload photos of your connection with the sea, rivers or lakes before 7 January 2017 and win a unique diving experience in Greece with the Grand Resort Lagonissi and the Athens Divers Club*, an online course by world record-holding freediver Sara Campbell, Cressi diving equipment**, and Dolphin Man cinema tickets across Europe.Read more
What if the murder of tomorrow could be prevented today?
To predict a future crime scene and to prevent a murder seems like something from a sci-fi movie. It is, but it’s also real – and happening right now. To make this possible, powerful computers and omnipresent cameras capture data from all sources, which is then evaluated and analyzed with the help of algorithms. At the same time, we, the citizens are transformed into carriers of recorded data – our every move, message and purchase tracked and mapped. Ratings of how likely we are to commit a crime are attached to our personae. Computers spit out lists of tomorrow´s criminals. But what if it´s you who ends up on this list? What if the data is wrong? Or biased?? How can we be guilty of things we haven’t done?Read more
Shot over a six year period, the documentary film gives a unique insight into the creative mind of one of the world's most prolific and innovative architects – Bjarke Ingels.
The film follows the many challenges he encounters in his work and life, creating a personal and intimate portrait of a modern man who is busy shaping the world while struggling to live a meaningful life himself.
ULTRA is a creative documentary about people who dedicate their lives to running, in order to compete in this radical journey. The movie follows them as they confront extreme hardship and surpass the limits of their strength, both in their body and their mind. Whether running to escape from their everyday life, to challenge ageing or to seek the supernatural, every runner gets a taste of immortality and experiences his own mortality.Read more
A film full of grace that embodies through physical poetry the most difficult dance of life, that of relationships and self-actualisation.Read more