Daily Archives: March 8, 2021

Putting Wellbeing and Prosperity First…


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Date: March 08, 2021

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“There is a seismic shift underway in economics, hastened by the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Communities and countries around the world are beginning to adopt/consider adopting well-being and prosperity as major guiding principles. The aim is to deploy new forms of economic theory and policy to reflect the importance of nature in their future development.

This lecture explores the issue of prosperity, innovation, and natural capital for iconic locations around the world and asks what will it mean for the future.

A lecture by Jacqueline Mcglade

Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.

Website: https://gresham.ac.uk

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1984 AUTHOR GEORGE ORWELL: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT HIS LIFE AND LEGACY…


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Date: March 08, 2021

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“George Orwell (1903 – 1950) A Life in Pictures is a docudrama about the life story of the British author, novelist, essayist, and journalist.

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right”. — George Orwell, 1984.

This documentary is important because his insights into human society are relevant to the current world political affairs. He was a man of strong opinions who wrote about major topics related to the political views and historical movements of the 20th century. His views are still very relevant to our times, the first quarter of the 21st century and it is also a warning.

His best-known novels are “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty-Four”. Both novels have been turned into films and have enjoyed immense popularity.

Orwell’s work had a great impact on popular and political culture. Many of his neologisms entered the language together with the term Orwellian, which describes a situation, idea, or societal condition identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free and open society.

The New York Times ranked Orwell second on a list of “The 50 greatest British writers of the 20th century and in 2016, his statue was installed in front of the BBC in London.

Some of his famous quotes:

-In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
-The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
-Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
-Double think means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
– If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
– In the face of pain, there are no heroes.
-Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.
– We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.
-To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”

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