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WATCH: How Corporations Stole Your Power, and What You Can Do

This weekend I attended the White River Indie Films festival with Dr. Riki Ott, marine toxicologist, Exxon Valdez oil spill survivor, and author of Not One Drop and Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$. We watched Black Wave, a documentary by Robert Cornellier that tells the story the spill and its toxic aftermath. After the riveting and heartbreaking movie, Riki was kind enough to answer questions from the stunned audience. “How can Exxon get away with this?!” “Why did the Supreme Court give in?” “Why did it take 20 years?” Riki answers questions like this from people all across the country. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my video camera with me this weekend, otherwise I would have taped Riki’s answers. But, luckily, we have some great video from Riki from a few months ago that I’ve embedded below. The videos below should answer your questions about the rise of corporate power in this country: how it happened, how it hurts our nation, and how we can correct the problem. First, I’ve included the movie trailer for Black Wave. This should give you a good overview of the corrupting effect that corporate power has on our legal system, and the trampling of lives that occurs when these powers run unchecked. Next is a clip from a popular Canadian documentary called The Corporation. It covers much of what Riki talked about this weekend: how corporations were able to steal power from US citizens. Finally is a clip from Riki, in which she explains the history of corporate power, and how we, as citizens can—and must—take back control of this country from the corporations. If you’d like to stay informed and get involved in the movement to curb corporate power, check out our Facebook group (yes, we’re organizing on Facebook) One Million Strong for the Separation of Corporation and State and UltimateCivics.com.


The Future Is Hopeless, So Give it Your All

The never-ending national election in the United States, the “surprise” pro-Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, climate change … the list goes on and on about how easy it can be to lose hope in the future.Like many of life’s frustrations, or overwhelmingly large topics, most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the […] Read More

Climate Change & the End of Stationarity

Just as predicting the rise of Donald Trump as a leading presidential candidate stumped even the best of political analysts (looking at you Nate “FiveThirtyEight” Silver), the advent of the Sixth Great Extinction due to climate change and an increasingly potent mix of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has completely upended how we predict the […] Read More

Use Simple Games to Better Understand Climate Change

How is it that emissions keep growing despite rising concern about the climate change they cause? It is possible to identify several reasons for the paradox, most of which lie outside the scope of The Climate Change Playbook. But one important reason is relevant here: people do not understand the behaviors of the climate system.And […] Read More

Author Petra Kuenkel: The Art of Leading Collectively

More than ever before, there is a focus on new, collective forms of leadership—and an urgency to get collective change processes underway, all over the world. What’s behind the recent push to move collective leadership to the fore? Whether we find ourselves in societal or organizational change, it requires collective energy and drive to bring […] Read More

Author David Stroh: First Steps to Becoming a Systems Thinker

Systems thinking is often seen as something relegated to scientific and business analysis – economics, resource depletion, and climate. However, Systems Thinking for Social Change focuses on how to use systems thinking to make breakthrough progress on intransigent social problems. We asked author David Stroh how this approach can make an impact, and how readers […] Read More
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