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How to keep freedom of attention in the times of digital distraction… The Royal Society of Arts commission, based on a lecture of James Williams.

Director: Olga Makarchuk
Animation: Olga Makarchuk, Kim Alexander

Voltaire’s phrase – you must cultivate your own garden – is one of the most famous statements in the world. But what did Voltaire mean by this – and what can we learn from it to help us live our lives today? Here is a recipe for how to survive our troubled times.

What can you do to build a better world? Sharing stories from her pioneering career dedicated to tackling poverty, Jacqueline Novogratz offers three principles to spark and sustain a moral revolution. Learn how you can commit (or recommit) to creating big, positive change in your lifetime — and give back more to the world than you take from it. “It is in the darkest times that we have the chance to find our deepest beauty,” Novogratz says.

“Lies are more engaging online than truth,” says former CIA analyst and diplomat Yaël Eisenstat. “As long as [social media] algorithms’ goals are to keep us engaged, they will feed us the poison that plays to our worst instincts and human weaknesses.” In this bold talk, Eisenstat explores how social media companies like Facebook incentivize inflammatory content, contributing to a culture of political polarization and mistrust — and calls on governments to hold these platforms accountable in order to protect civil discourse and democracy.

Whether or not we count as a good person depends on an unexpected but crucial ingredient. Find out more about whether you qualify by watching the film

In 1901, David Hänig published research that led to what we know today as the taste map: an illustration that divides the tongue into four separate areas. It has since been published in textbooks and newspapers. There is just one problem: the map is wrong. So how do misconceptions like this spread, and what makes a fake fact so easy to believe? Joseph Isaac dives into the world of misinformation. 

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