Surviving Progress

  • February 1, 2014 · 1:30 PM
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'Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up'

Documentary telling the double-edged story of the grave risks we pose to our own survival in the name of progress. With rich imagery the film connects financial collapse, growing inequality and global oligarchy with the sustainability of mankind itself. The film explores how we are repeatedly destroyed by 'progress traps' - alluring technologies which serve immediate need but rob us of our long term future. Featuring contributions from those at the forefront of evolutionary thinking such as Stephen Hawking and economic historian Michael Hudson. With Martin Scorsese as executive producer, the film leaves us with a challenge - to prove that civilization and survival is not the biggest progress trap of them all.

Directors: Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks
Runtime: 86 min
Based on 'A Short History of Progress', by Ronald Wright


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DuampumYoc

This event is free. A discussion will follow after the screening.

If you want to get this film now you can buy DVD here.


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  • Lisa

    Wonderful movie, terrific discussion with friendly and thoughtful people, and a delicious reasonably-priced meal. Pretty much the definition of a five-star meetup in my book.

    1 · February 1, 2014

    • Mizan

      Thanks for brining your friend, Lisa. It was great to hear his experience living in arctic Canada. Pls convey my thanks to him again.

      February 2, 2014

  • Mizan

    It was great, as always, to enjoy the film and some stimulating conversation with so many interesting people. Thanks all for coming. Hope to see you again in our next event. Don't forget to think about the issue and keep the conversation going. Here are few related docs you may find interesting: Collapse, No Impact Man, Playing God, Meet the Climate Skeptics, Earth, The Climate Wars, Planet Earth, Neanderthal, Extreme Weather, The Ascent of Man, The Incredible Human Journey, Human Planet, The Story of Science, Ethos: A Time for Change etc... You may name some more... :)

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • Susan

    Interesting movie and discussion and enjoyable dinner afterwards

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • maggie

    I am trying to give the highest score which I believe is 5 , thank you that was really great, always great to have wonderful discussion with beautiful people.great organizer

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • maggie

    I am trying to give the highest score which I believe is 5 , thank you that was really great, always great to have wonderful discussion with beautiful people.great organizer

    February 1, 2014

  • Rob M.

    Very interesting discussion. Thank you for organizing and moderating Mizan!

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • maggie

    Interesting

    February 1, 2014

  • Richard

    wow, never knew this Meetup group existed… Right up my alley!

    January 30, 2014

  • Mizan

    A 14 weeks online course on The Age of Sustainable Development has started from Jan 21, 2014. It is offered by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University. Free with registration.
    Thought, some of you may be interested in. Link here: https://www.coursera.org/course/susdev

    2 · January 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Every change - is a progress, because we are a part of a much Bigger Body which sees a bigger picture (think fractals?). Yes, most of the process is two steps forward, and one step back. The question is how to balance the yin and the yang of a progress: the 'masculine', outward progress with the inner, 'feminine' one. How to balance intuition with reasoning.. Neither domination will give us a ticket to the next dimension, only a marriage of both. Like, sometimes the outer progress must be slowed down (tribulations), to allow the wisdom to catch up, lol.

    1 · January 12, 2014

    • Mizan

      Balanced progress and wise change. Agree with you. How can we do that is the Question? Hum...how!

      January 13, 2014

  • Yen

    Interesting trailer and questions! How can we distinguish between "Progress" and just "change"...and worse unwise change with harmful unintended consequences?

    1 · January 11, 2014

    • Mizan

      One simple way to distinguish may be to say that all progress are change, not all changes are progress. ...The question is when our invented game of progess declares 'checkmate' on us then should/could we change the rule of game? ... Not all games can be played over. 'Foolish' dinosaur can not play their game again even though they were innocent victim of disaster. 'Intelligent' we may not be that lucky!

      1 · January 12, 2014

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