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1 online resource (streaming video file) (78 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Can true happiness and success be measured by material possessions? What is the personal and global impact of our consumer culture? Is there an alternative? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many aspects of the growing "minimalist" movement that is challenging compulsory consumerism and seeking a different path. The authors of two best-selling books on minimalism, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, take viewers on a road trip across America that reveals the core ideas behind minimalism and meets people who share their transformational stories. Millburn and Nicodemus are friends from college who lived the corporate rat race only to find that it never really brought them happiness. Though their paychecks grew, the void in their lives remained the same. Each had their own personal breaking point that moved them away from the consumer lifestyle. From architects, designers, and musicians, to businessmen, authors, and families, the film explores the ways that many different types of people are attempting to live simpler, more meaningful lives, and their varied motivations for doing so. Among the leading voices in the minimalist movement the film visits with are: sociologist/author Juliet Schor, Zen Habit's Leo Babauta, Becoming Minimalist's Joshua Becker, neuroscientist/author Sam Harris, and Colin Beavan, aka "No Impact Man". Each lends their experience living a minimalist life and delves into the environmental, social and psychological wake that is the result of compulsive consumerism.

2. Ripe for change [2006]

1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 56 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
California -- always a fascinating marriage of opposite extremes -- is at a cross-roads in agriculture. Many Californians are struggling to fend off overdevelopment and the loss of farming lands and traditions while embracing innovative visions of agricultural sustainability. At the same time, California is where fast food was born and a center of the biotechnology industry and large corporate agribusiness. The debates raging in California over issues of food, agriculture, and sustainability have profound implications for all of America, especially in a world where scarcity is the norm and many natural resources are diminishing. This fascinating documentary explores the intersection of food and politics in California over the last 30 years. It illuminates the complex forces struggling for control of the future of California's agriculture, and provides provocative commentary by a wide array of eloquent farmers, prominent chefs, and noted authors and scientists. The film examines a host of thorny questions: What are the trade-offs between the ability to produce large quantities of food versus the health of workers, consumers, and the planet? What are the hidden costs of "inexpensive" food? How do we create sustainable agricultural practices? Through the "window" of food and agriculture, Ripe for Change reveals two parallel yet contrasting views of our world. One holds that large-scale agriculture, genetic engineering, and technology promise a hunger-less future. The other calls for a more organic, sustainable, and locally focused style of farming that reclaims the aesthetic and nurturing qualities of food and considers the impact of agriculture on the environment, on communities, and on workers. Ripe for Change was directed by award-winning filmmaker Emiko Omori. Producers: Emiko Omori and Jed Riffe Director: Emiko Omori.

3. Happiness Matters [2011]

1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 54 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
Can you build a business model around happiness? If you can deliver happiness to customers through exceptional customer service, from engaged employees who are inspired by a vision of higher purpose, the answer is yes. In this high-spirited talk, Tony Hsieh shares how Zappos fosters its unique culture, starting with hiring and retaining employees based on their commitment to its core values. If we get the culture right, Hsieh believes, everything else, including building an enduring business, will naturally follow. Using the principles of positive psychology, Hsieh motivates employees through the four essential elements of long-term happiness: creating a sense of control, recognizing progress, instilling meaning in their work, and developing connectedness with customers, business partners, and fellow employees. With an introduction by Jenn Lim, CEO and chief happiness officer of DeliveringHappiness.com. Tony Hsieh joined Zappos.com in 1999 as an advisor and investor, and shortly after became CEO, growing revenues to over $1 billion in ten years. The company has been named to Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, and in 2009 was acquired by Amazon.com. Hsieh received his BS in computer science from Harvard University and is the author of Delivering Happiness.
1 online resource (1 video file, 53 min.) : digital, stereo., sound, color Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
A hazardous mix of waste is flushed into the sewer every day. The billions of litres of water - combined with unknown quantities of chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, human waste and food - where does it all go? And what does it do to us? From ancient times, countries have chosen the sewer to get rid of household and industrial waste, yet the contaminants we flush resurface in our food chain. Fish swim through waste water dumped into rivers, while sewage sludge is spread on farmland as fertilizer. Filmed in Italy, India, Sweden, the United States and Canada, this bold documentary questions whether the sewer is actually compounding our waste problems. While scientists warn of links between sewage practices and potential health risks, activists, engineers and concerned citizens challenge our fundamental attitudes to waste. Does our need to dispose of waste take precedence over public safety? What are the alternatives?
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 23 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
With humor and compassion, Mama earth provides an inspiring introduction to the concepts of environmental economics, sustainability and new paths to healthier communities and protecting natural resources, all while attaining a more profitable bottom line.

6. Innovation Engine [2012]

1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 48 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
Why do we need creativity? The world is full of daunting problems, and so are our workplaces. We need solutions. While the scientific method we all learned in school has value for discovery, a similar process for invention is not widely taught—yet is a critical component of true innovation. Dr. Seelig’s model for the “Innovation Engine” allows us to alternate between discovery and invention. It incorporates the internal strengths of imagination, knowledge and attitude along with the external forces of habitat, resources and culture. Dr. Seelig points out that each of us has the capacity for innovation. We are born with imagination, work hard to build a knowledge toolbox, and are able to develop the attitude that problems can be solved. But our business structures must build unrestrictive habitats that set the stage for creativity, provide the resources to get things done and, lastly, support a culture that sees small failures as a source of data and rewards the courage to try solutions that diverge from conventional wisdom. Tina Seelig is the author of 16 educational games and science books including, inGenius: Unleashing Creative Potential (2012). Dr. Seelig earned her PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University Medical School.
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 49 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
When Brad Smith took over as CEO, Intuit founder Scott Cook advised him to “Question everything.” Using this as his mantra, Smith set out to create innovative business structures that built on Intuit's strengths and retained market dominance in spite of an explosion in social media, unforeseen technology shifts, and radical changes in consumer expectations. In this highly informative presentation, Smith shares secrets that have led to revolutionary new products, sky-high productivity, and a ranking on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For. Smith describes how to articulate a vision so simple and clear that teams are aligned and motivated without the leader having to do anything but get out of the way. He details specific techniques for building a culture where innovation thrives and the next best thing could come from anywhere in the company. And he explains how Intuit selects the right people, projects and metrics for prospering in the present while at the same time preparing for an unknown future. Intuit's flagship brands include QuickBooks, Quicken, and TurboTax. Brad Smith became Intuit's president and CEO in 2008 after leading several of its major divisions over a five-year period. Previously, he held sales, marketing and management positions with ADP, Pepsi, Seven-Up and Advo, Inc.
1 online resource (1 video file, 52 min.) : digital, stereo., sound, color Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
The making of five documentary films that explore the impact of global warming on Canada's North.
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical; 2.0 stereo. Video: NTSC. Digital: video file; DVD video; region 1.
How might your life be better with less? Minimalism examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life--families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker--all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.
Media & Microtext Center
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 23 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
Predictions are that by the year 2025 the world's population will double. That means agriculture will have to find ways to feed twice as many people as it does today. But can we feed the earth without destroying it? "Food for tomorrow" explores the core issues: sustainability, soil fertility, water resources, forest resources, Small Holder livestock, biodiversity, integrated pest management, research. Filmed at locations around the world, "Food for tomorrow" offers a global synopsis of issues critical to sustainable food production. Important viewing for students of agriculture, international development, and the environment.

11. Bluespace [2015]

1 streaming video file (73 min.) : digital, sound, color
This sci-fi-infused documentary explores the terraforming of Mars alongside the waterways of New York City--such as the infamous Gowanus Canal--yielding unusual perspectives on our increasingly watery planet. Bluespace sets out on a creative expedition to two planets: Earth, where rising seas threatened our existence, and Mars, whose canals and ice offer science-fiction authors and astrobiologists the promise of terraforming and colonization.
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 26 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
KieranTimberlake, an architectural firm based in Philadelphia, is a recognized leader of the "green" architecture movement in the U.S. As this film illustrates, its founders Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake have been developing innovative means to combine sustainable design principles with off-site construction for the mass customization of houses. The firm's Loblolly House, built in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland in 2007, and the Cellophane House, a specially-commissioned design executed for an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 2008, serve as outstanding examples of the firm's research-based approach. The film takes the viewer on a tour of the small, elegant Loblolly house, named for the pines indigenous to the area, and demonstrates how the architects employed an aluminum scaffold system, off-site fabricated floor and ceiling panels (called 'smart' cartridges) to distribute radiant heating, water, ventilation, and electricity throughout the house. With the five-story 1,800 square foot Cellophane House, erected for The Museum of Modern Art's exhibition Home Delivery: fabricating the modern dwelling, the architects incorporated lessons learned from the Loblolly House combined with SmartWrap, an energy gathering building envelope for a 2003 exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. As the film makes clear, the Cellophane House's aluminum-frame structure and glass panels snap in place, so that welding and sealing are not needed. On top of that, the house is constructed with 82 percent recyclable materials, LED lighting, and photovoltaic cells for energy supply. Producer: Edgar B. Howard. Director: Tom Piper.
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 25 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
The people of Santa Lucia, a farming community on the slopes of the Andes, were forced to abandon their traditional way of life because of laws brought in to protect the cloud forest where they live. The Eco Lodge: before, they were destroyers of the forest. Now, they have learned the skills of conservation and sustainability. They have built a lodge for tourists. It is a stunning place, a treasurehouse of bio-diversity. Marketing: but ecotourism is also a business. This is perhaps their biggest challenge, to market themselves in a competitive tourism Busines a drop in the ocean? Eco-tourism is seen as the model for sustainable tourism, but how can projects like this make a difference when so much of the rain forests is still being destroyed?
1 streaming video file (83 min.) : digital, sound, color Sound: digital. Digital: streaming video file.
Twice a year in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap River changes course, while the river of life flows in a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth and of creation and destruction. Working in an intimate, verite style, filmmaker Kalyanee Mam, spent two years in her native homeland following three young Cambodians struggling to overcome the crushing effects of deforestation, overfishing, and overwhelming debt. A breathtaking and unprecedented journey from the remote, mountainous jungles and floating cities of the Cambodian countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh, A River Changes Course traces a remarkable and devastatingly beautiful story of a country torn between the rural present and an ominous industrial future.
1 videodisc (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (18 cm.)
People explain various sustainable economic development projects in Réunion.
Media & Microtext Center

16. The absent house [2013]

1 streaming video file (55 min.) : digital, sound, color
Pioneering architect Fernando Abruña Charneco, FAIA, confronts climate change with his sustainable constructions. An apprentice of R. Buckminster Fuller, Charneco puts nature first before erecting a building -- a practice which would later be labeled as sustainable green architecture.

17. La Casa Ausente [2013]

2 videodiscs, each 55 min : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical; stereo; Dolby. Video: NSTC. Digital: video file; DVD video; all regions.
  • disc 1. Spanish version
  • disc 2. Spanish version with English subtitles.
Pioneering architect Fernando Abruña Charneco, FAIA, confronts climate change with his sustainable constructions. An apprentice of R. Buckminster Fuller, Charneco puts nature first before erecting a building -- a practice which would later be labeled as sustainable green architecture.
Media & Microtext Center
1 streaming video file (66 min.) : sd., col.
A film about the pioneering community-building project of the architect Frei Otto in Berlin, called the Ökohaus--an experimental, ecological, customized housing project in the city center. Includes interviews with Frei Otto, Christine Kanstinger-Otto, Hermann Kendel, Yona Friedman, Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philipe Vassal, and other architects, planners, and inhabitants.
1 streaming video file (44 min.) : digital, sd., col.
  • Introduction
  • Rammed earth
  • House of straw
  • Clean energy
  • Doing what comes naturally
  • Living small
  • Garden apartments in the sky
  • Greening suburbia
  • Urban retrofit
  • Future green.
A program that demonstrates the personal, cultural, and economic benefits to be had by utilizing a variety of modern techniques and technologies to plan and build environmentally friendly, safe, comfortable, and attractive homes. Features various houses and communities that have been designed and constructed using an assortment of building materials and energy sources deemed sustainable and ecologically conscientious.
1 streaming media file (55 min.) : sd., col.
Explores how businesses are transforming themselves to work with nature and profitability.


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