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FILM | LIFEBOAT, Refugees Adrift at Sea


Kosmos Journal | In 2015, your team produced 50 Feet from Syria, a film focused on the civilian impact of the Syrian conflict. Your new film, Lifeboat, bears witness to refugees desperate enough to risk their lives in rubber boats leaving Libya. What was different for you personally about making those two films?

Playing for Change


The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music had the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez | Break Free


My identity and my life as an activist has a very specific energy that people associate me with. In many parts of my life, I saw it as definitely putting me in a box in the way people saw me and my story. People didn’t understand the complexity and diversity of what I was fighting for or the way I wanted to use my voice to influence change.

Transformative Media: From the Hero’s Journey to Our Collective Journey


The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in […]

The Case for Restorative Narratives:


The phrase ‘future of journalism’ is often uttered in media circles these days—and understandably so. Everyone wants to learn how […]

Sharing the News: The Transformation of Journalism in the Digital Age


Bringing a sharing economy to the newsroom is the most significant transformation wrought by the digital news revolution. We know […]

InterOccupy: Toward a Democratic Global Communications Commons


The world is in need of adopting a radical new operating system. The challenges are vast. The sobering reality is that not a single person knows the best way through to greener pastures, or even if such a world is attainable.

Listening to the Voice of Humanity


When we look at world conditions and project current trends into the future we see much that is disturbing—environmental degradation, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, persisting poverty and injustice, violent conflict, the fiscal collapse of democratic governments. The institutions that have the greatest power—nation states, corporations, and organized interest groups—seem locked in patterns of self-interested behavior such that the necessary changes are hard to imagine.

Social Media Isn’t Changing the World, It’s Creating a New One


Blogs have been a twitter about Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker article last week slamming those who believe social media can revolutionize activism. The article compares the high risk activism of the civil rights movement with Twitter’s role in the Iranian elections concluding that, “the revolution will not be tweeted.”

An Interview with John Räätz, Founder of the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment


Räätz: I no longer have a definition of transformational media and entertainment. When I hear it or see it, I feel it. I instantly know it! But how can I talk about transformational entertainment or media with others if I don’t want to adhere to a strict definition of what it is? What distinguishes a transformational film from an ordinary Hollywood film, for example?