Mikhail Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama and Deepak Chopra are just some of the names that Danish documentary maker, Peter Engberg, has collaborated with on his films. He shares the secret of his filmmaking success and it may not be what you expect! And Vanessa Hill brings us an update of good news from around the globe.
Satish Kumar has been a pilgrim of positive change for over 50 years. He’s best known for his 8,000 mile ‘peace walk’ in the 1960’s, from India to the four nuclear capitals of the world. He shares his experience helps us know the difference between a desire of the mind and a true calling. And this year marks the 10th Anniversary of Earth Hour, a grassroots campaign which began in Sydney and is now a global phenomenon. We hear from Australian Earth Hour Ambassador, Zoe Gameau.
The Whanganui River now has legal rights the same as a person. For 140 years the Māori Whanganui iwi (tribe) has been negotiating for the Whanganui River to be recognised as their ancestor. In what’s thought to be a world first, the New Zealand Parliament has finally agreed that the Whanganui is a ‘living entity’. Local iwi spokesperson, Gerrard Albert, explains the significance of the decision. We also hear from Whaia Shelley Emia, a Māori woman of Ngati Kahungunu descent, as she explains the Māori connection to water and offers non-indigenous people advice for reconnecting with culture and the elements.
Chief Phil Lane Jr. of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations shares a powerful World Water Day message about our relationship with water, and how the very attributes of this precious living resource have much to teach us about living more harmoniously on the planet. And UPLIFT’s Vanessa Hill brings hope with positive news about water from around the globe.
Dr Gerald Pollack says that water is not a liquid. The Professor of Bioengineering will challenge everything you thought you knew about water. And meet the self appointed Sea Janitor Kate Wilkins. She’s decided to devote her weekends to cleaning up the ocean.
Happy people have traits in common. Psychologist Dr Lauren Tober reveals those traits and recommends methods for tapping into our innate sense of happiness . And some good news to help you on the road to happiness from UPLIFT correspondent Vanessa Hill who reports on positive initiatives from around the globe that you might have missed.
Deva Premal and Miten are world-renowned exponents of sacred chants and devotees of the 5,000 year old tradition. They share their love of the connection that music can create, as well as a special song recorded with respected Indigenous Australian elder, the late Uncle Bob Randall.
Layla Martin is a tantric therapist and director of the film Your Vagina is More Beautiful Than You Think. It provoked some unexpected responses from UPLIFT readers when we featured it online. We ask Layla why she made the film. We also explore the evolving distinction between feminism and ‘the sisterhood’. Don’t they share the same goals? Comedian Mandy Nolan, author Zenith Virago and UPLIFT writer Azriel Re’Shel tease out the issues with host Chip Richards. And Lauren Walsh, co-director of Unity Global Sisterhood, shares all the details you need, to take part in Global Sister Circles this International Women’s Day.
Jamaica Stevens, author of ReInhabiting The Village, discusses strategies to connect with your community and help make it thrive. Wellness Practitioner, Dr Oscar Serrallach, explains why community involvement is good for your health. And from the local village to the global one, we speak with Mats Andersson from Sweden’s Global Challenges Foundation, which is offering a $5 million dollar reward for solutions to global conflict.
There’s a huge difference between good stress and bad stress. Dr Mithu Storoni explains how to tell the two apart, and how bad stress impacts our bodies, minds and personalities. Wellness Practitioner Dr Oscar Serrallach shares his top five hacks for reducing stress and Michael Platow encourages us all to take part in the Global Prejudice Census.