The Minature Earth

We just need to keep sharing this video with as many people as possible.

by Brendan Barrett on September 12, 2010 - Comments (01)  

Apply for two short courses at the UNU

UNU Short CoursesTwo courses on (1) Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (DMHA) and (2) Climate Change, Energy and Food Security (CEFS) will be offered by the United Nations University in the 2010 Fall Semester.  These are electives to the Masters in Sustainability Science, Peace and Development and can be taken by non-degree students (i.e. students not enrolled in the masters programme). The courses are taught in English, and bring together teaching faculty from a network of universities in the Asia Pacific region via video-conference and online learning.

The DMHA classes will commence on 21 September 2010 and will continue every Tuesday until 28 December 2010 for 15 sessions. The CEFS classes will begin on 1 October 2010 and continue every Friday for 15 sessions.

Each session is one and a half hours in length from 13:00-14.30. In the Tokyo, the classes are hosted in the UNU Media Studio located on the ground floor of the United Nations University.

How to apply: The deadline for applications is 17 September 2010. Please send your CV (maximum 3-4 pages), one-page write-up justifying your interest in the courses and their relevance in your future endeavor, and one relevant publication (if any). Please indicate which course you would like to apply for as either DMHA or CEFS (or both).

Please note that we receive high number of applications from highly qualified candidates every year. The review and selection process may involve short telephone interview (please provide a direct telephone and/or mobile number on the cover letter).  Following this, only the selected candidates will be informed individually.

For further information about the courses, please write to Dr. Akhilesh Surjan (DMHA Course Coordinator) or Dr. Brendan Barrett (CEFS Course Coordinator) at:

by Brendan Barrett on August 30, 2010 - Comments (01)  

Our World 2.0 Trailer in Akihabara

For the month of August, our catchy new video trailer is up on the big Yodobashi Camera screen in Akihabara – the Tokyo electronics district. It runs through August every few minutes during the morning commute: 7:30-8:30am.

This is our second run on the big outdoor screen. Our very first video brief also ran on this same screen every morning for a few months back in late 2008.


by Jason Hall on August 20, 2010 - Comments (00)  

OurWorld 2.0 at Global Media Forum in Bonn 2010

Find out about the insightful trip of OurWorld 2.0 to Bonn attend the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum. Here is the slide presentation we delivered to the session on the influence of social media which focused on how to present solutions rather than problems when it comes to report climate change issues.

Listen to the full workshop session and get to know more about Ideas for a cooler World from Deutsche Welle as well as the German Ministry of Environment.

by Stephan Schmidt on July 9, 2010 - Comments (03)  

Coalition Of The Willing – MUST SEE

A must watch for all leaders of the future! A very well articulated vision for change.
Well done to the Knife Party and the 24 artists from around the world who came together on this one. Please share widely!

by Citt Williams on June 29, 2010 - Comments (00)  

Our World 2.0 trailer

At the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum on Wednesday, we will be screening this 1 minute Our World 2.0 trailer, together with some stories from Our World 2.0. This year’s forum is focusing on the role of the media towards climate change issues.

by Citt Williams on June 19, 2010 - Comments (01)  

“Ideas For A Cooler World” – Covering climate protection and possible solutions

Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

Melting ice caps, catastrophic hurricanes, floods and drought plunging entire regions into crisis: these are the drastic images usually conveyed by the media. What we hardly hear about is what is actually being done to halt and adapt to global warming.

Media representatives from around the world, high-profile experts of governmental and non-governmental organisations, politicians, artists, entrepreneurs and scientists will sit around the same table at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum. A simple philosophy drives this initiative: Those working on the future have to think in networks – and in global dimensions.

Deutsche Welle GLOBAL IDEAS will host a Workshop at the Global Media Forum about the best practices and solutions from around the world how to adapt with climate change. As part of the United Nation University we are very much delighted to represent the Our World 2.0 webzine in this workshop.

The Workshop will be held on 23 June 2010 – 11.00 a.m. in Room Aeltestenrat

Manuela Kasper-Claridge, head of the Business Department and responsible for the special coverage of climate issues at DW-TV, and Brendan Barrett, Head of United Nations University Media Studio will explore the challenges facing the media in covering climate protection and raise the following questions:

* Why does current media coverage focus mainly on the negative impacts of climate change rather than on ways to deal with it?
* Is it difficult to report on climate change in a pro-active manner?
* What role should the media play in the future?
* To what extent can this influence public opinion and motivate people to become involved?
* How can a global network be built to promote collaboration on the climate front?

Find more information on the site of the  Global Media Forum.

by Stephan Schmidt on June 3, 2010 - Comments (00)  

Our World 2.0 videobriefs screening in Moscow

To follow on from the previous post… an invite has been extended for 3 of the Our World 2.0 Indigenous climate films to screen in Moscow at the H20 film festival from the 27-30th May, 2010. I think our traditional knowledge films will be screening on the Friday night (28th May) around 7:30pm. For more information check out the festival’s site:

I also found a short Moscow times article listing the 4 day program. After finally finishing the Russian subtitles for these beauties, oh, how I wish we could be there to cheer everybody’s stories along! Raaaaa!!!!!

by Citt Williams on May 25, 2010 - Comments (00)  

A new documentary on biodiversity in Kanazawa city

UNU Media Studio is working on a new documentary to portray 4 seasons in Kanazawa city.  The documentary theme is biodiversity in city environement. People do not usually connect city and biodiversity, and that’s very natural.   Therefore, it’s a challenging theme for a documentary.  However, Kanazawa is a city with diverse landscape.  It has deep mountains to ocean in the small city boundary. That help the residents to enjoy diverse plants and insects, birds and animals to live around them and shows up depending on the season.

It is a Kanazawa city’s project to make this documentary to celebrate UN International year of biodiversity, especially because the closing event will be held in Kanazawa this December.

Media Studio usually use HDV cameras, which is good for documentary shoots with small crew travels all over the world.  However, for this project, we decided to use Red One camera, partly because we are working with a cinematographer who is experienced in Red shoot and owns one.

To illustrate the quality of the camera it can bring, I put together a short video.  David from Media Studio did a Quick color correction, but not too much has done yet.  I’m not sure if this is a good example of Red footage, but since there hasn’t many documentary shot on Red in Japan(I think) it might be a good example.

by Kaori Brand on May 10, 2010 - Comments (00)  

3 traditional knowledge climate films selected for Australian human rights festival

The Media Studio recently received news that three Our World 2.0 short documentaries “Land has Breath”, “The Forbidden Forest of the Dayak”, and “Fighting Carbon with Fire” have been selected to screen in 5 cities across Australia, as a part of the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival 2010.

These community collaborations which carry important Indigenous climate change perspectives, will be screening in the festival’s “Reel Change – Climate Change shorts” program.  Other films in the line-up include the resounding short film “The Water Diary” directed by Jane Campion (The Piano), which premiered at Cannes Film festival 2006.

Check festival website for full program with specific venue dates/times.

PERTH 15 MAY – 23 MAY.

by Citt Williams on April 26, 2010 - Comments (03)  

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