Here is a small but growing collection of videos that I hope you will take the time to watch.
Among all the wonderfully creative short videos being produced these days, the ones I’ve selected for inclusion in my site are those that beautifully and poignantly express the beliefs, dreams, and difficult realities that also underpin my own work.
I welcome your suggestions for other videos that have these same qualities.
Videos Featuring Margaret Wheatley
Resilience Through Compassion and Connection with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Meg was invited to be in a public conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Orleans on May 17, 2013. The theme was “Resilience through Compassion and Connection.” The event was sponsored by Tulane University and, because of her work in New Orleans post-Katrina, she was invited to speak about the power of community in times of difficulty.
Meg Wheatley Interview: Our National Parks Service
In this video, I summarize my seven years of work with National Parks Service, as a member of the twelve person National Advisory Board. As I tell in this video, this has been among the most rewarding consultancies of my entire career. And I am deeply connected and passionate about the work of the National Parks. This is the 100th birthday of the Parks and you’ll probably notice that there’s a lot of publicity designed to both promote parks and to create a sense of stewardship for the parks. Nothing is preserved and protected against the constant onslaught of threats to our parks except through determined citizen engagement.
Lost and Found: Finding Our Way as Leaders for This Time
In this three-part series, Margaret Wheatley gives a talk and workshops at the invitation of the Wales Arts Council in June 2014.
Video with Meg Wheatley for I-Open.org
Meg Wheatley presented “The Gift Economy” seminar November 1, 2013 at the River’s Edge Cleveland in Rocky River, Ohio. Includes transcript, slideshow, and more.
2012 Smart Start Conference
Meg Wheatley answers questions about leadership in this interview filmed at the 2012 National Smart Start Conference for early childhood educators.
Perseverance: Leadership in Turbulent Times
This October 19, 2011 presentation in Vancouver, B.C. was part of an event sponsored by Hollyhock and The Dalai Lama Center for Peace & Education.
Let Go and Lead
In this interview Margaret speaks about: the illusion of control, motivation, humility, a fundamental paradigm shift, the new paradigm, relationships, taking action, and process.
For Persevering People
This video features Margaret Wheatley discussing the topic of perseverance, and her DVD For Persevering People
Leadership and the New Science
This video, produced by FreedomLab, Netherlands, is an illustrated interview with Margaret Wheatley.
Eight Fearless Questions
This brief video is excerpted from Meg Wheatley’s DVD entitled Eight Fearless Questions. In the DVD, Dr. Wheatley explores eight questions designed to help you develop clarity about your work and the contribution you want to offer at this troubled time.
Videos by Others
Meg’s Peace Corps training experience in 1966, Hilo Hawaii
From 1966-68 I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Korea, the first group to go into this war ravaged country. Korea was still a traditional culture, foreign in all ways: food, language, alphabet, religion, culture, geography. I now realize what a privilege it was to live in a culture that had not changed its ways of being and relating for many centuries. Today Korea is the poster child for globalization, and the old culture only appears at festivals and weddings, lost to development and modernization as have most cultures the world over.
This video relates the experience of the Peace Corps Volunteers who trained in Hilo Hawaii (also before Hawaii became a tourist destination). While it doesn’t focus on my group specifically, it fully captures the experiences of training I went through as well as the idealism that propelled so many of us to serve in the Peace Corps in its first years. We were truly inspired by President John F. Kennedy and the Peace Corps was one way that I, as a young college graduate, tried to carry on his vision.
As I reflect back on my experiences in Korea, it was where I first learned to deal with a culture that was truly foreign, but to which I became very acclimated in the 2.5 years I served there. It was also where I learned that beneath our varied cultural manifestations, we are all humans with the same basic wants and values. When we left Korea, my friends and I agreed that after this, we could go anywhere and feel comfortable. And I did.
Interview with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama and Mount Madonna School
I love this interview with the Dalai Lama conducted by high school students from Mt Madonna School in California. It’s very intimate and the questions prepared by the students are also mine. So I listened with great attention to His Holiness’ answers.
Save the Americans campaign from the animals of Costa Rica
Although I’m not advertising for Costa Rica, I do believe this is the most clever marketing I’ve yet seen. And it hits a nerve as well. Periodically I watch it just to lighten up. And my younger grandchildren and I now sing along with the animals. (I just watched it again and encourage you to do so!)
The Intelligence of Ravens and Crows
The extraordinary capacities of Ravens and Crows are visible in this collection of five videos. You will be amazed!
10 Fascinating Facts About Ravens
These ten aspects of raven behavior were mostly new to me–watch the video of a raven taught to speak like a human, saying ‘never more.’
(For more raven wonders, see my newest book How Does Raven Know? )
Alive Inside: A Story Of Music & Memory
This is one of the most moving films I’ve ever seen–people reawakened from the dark, lost depths of Alzheimers by hearing the music they loved in their earlier years. A moving, inspiring tribute to the human spirit. This is the trailer, but you can also watched the full movie on YouTube.
Ursula LeGuin: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
Ursula K. Le Guin who’s written many books of fiction, mainly science fiction that is truly magical, from a deep spirituality, accepts the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014. .She identifies that the writers task is to withstand the pressures of corporate sales and marketing greed, and instead to bring their readers to a remembrance of freedom. “The name of our beautiful reward (as writers) is not profit. It’s name is freedom.” Her work can be found here: www.ursulakleguin.com
Here’s a short quote from one of her books:
Ursula Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.
It is from a collection of short stories entitled The Wind’s Twelve Quarters.
The people of Omelas know that their happiness is achieved at the expense of the immense suffering of a single child. This, they are told, is part of a greater plan and they should feel no guilt. The suffering of the child, which makes the perfect life in Omelas possible, is the “terrible justice of reality”.
There are some, however, who go to see the child and do not go home again. They keep on walking, out of the city of happiness, through the fields and away from Omelas.
I Will Be a Hummingbird
A 2 minute tale narrated by Wangari Maathai (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for the Greenbelt Movement that planted 40 million trees in east Africa. (see my article about her, What is Our Role in Creating Change? (PDF)
The Making of the Waterman
Possibly the most inspiring video here; watch it whenever you need a hearty dose of inspiration. The decades of work led by Rajendra Singh in Rajastan India to bring water back to villages using ancient ways, community spirit and sound ecology. Over 28 years, 7 entire river systems, previously dried up for 80 years, were revived. Over 10,000 Johads (small earthen dams) were built by the villagers at strategic places. Underground aquifers were recharged, rivers began to flow again and food supplies were secured helping those villages to become thriving communities again. Now the project is being replicated across India.
This is a visually beautiful film as well; the story embodies Berkana’s approach to working with the wisdom, wealth and environment of local communities. (The work described here was not part of Berkana, just an outstanding example of our core approach.)
There are several videos on this site; click on The Making of the Waterman
How Wolves Change Rivers
I know of no better example of how ecosystems work with their great chains of interdependencies. This video (a BBC production) explores the remarkable changes in Yellowstone National Park, including the return of streams, because of the reintroduction of wolves.
First Taste of Chocolate
This video is startling, as it brings into our awareness that the people who work in the cocoa bean fields in the Ivory Coast have never tasted chocolate. They are delighted by the experience; I was appalled that they had never tasted the fruits of their labors.
The Danger of a Single Story
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. I also heartily recommend her novel Americanah for the most perceptive, funny and direct exploration of what it means to be black in America (and life in current day Nigeria also).
We Need to Talk About Ted
A brilliant and brave critique of how the form of Ted talks is reducing important information to an entertaining presentation. Science, philosophy, technology and descriptions of experience are now run on the model of American Idol, entertaining yes, descriptive of the complexities, no. What’s brave about this critique is that he presents it as a TED talk.
(I understand the irony of listing this video right below a recommended TED talk.)
Look Up from Your Phone
A thoughtful and insightful plea to both notice and stop our compulsive levels of distraction, from a young British poet: “Look up from your phone, put down that display, start living your life the real way”
The Collapse of Complex Societies
Dr. Joseph Tainter, Anthropologist, Sociologist. Dr. Tainter has done the seminal research on the pattern of collapse in complex civilizations. The pattern of their rise and fall is the same throughout human history independent of culture or place. I have the greatest respect for his scholarship and personally have found it a relief to see the pattern laid out so clearly. If you are intrigued to understand this pattern, also read: A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright, an extraordinary book, one of my favorites.
Schooling the World
This movie accurately portrays how white colonialists, then and now, have used schooling to train children from various cultures to be like white people. It’s devastating but historically accurate; and still going on with Native American and Australian Aboriginal children. A phrase that was used is: “Kill the Indian. Save the Child.”
The Most Astounding Fact (Neil deGrasse Tyson)
Just to keep things in perspective.
strophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer.
Learning Journey to Detroit
Enjoy these two excellent videos by Filiz Telek, which emerged from the October 2012 Detroit Learning Journey.
Tree of Life
A powerful short video on the Tree of Life — a social healing process in Zimbabwe for victims of torture and tragedy using circle practice.
Warriors Without Weapons
This moving video is about “Warriors Without Weapons,” an initiative begun in Brazil that has now travelled to other countries. The Berkana Institute has partnered with its creators, and participated in the event filmed here. We continue to explore the places and people who would benefit from this playful, purposeful approach to creating physical changes in communities devastated by poverty and neglect. Go to http://walkoutwalkon.net/brazil/ for more info.
Blood Into Gold
Musician Peter Buffett, perfoming “Blood into Gold” with Akon. A powerful lyric and video about human trafficking, one of the three largest businesses in the world these days (the other two are drugs and armaments). Peter is the son of Warren Buffett. He also performed this song live with Akon at the United Nations in May: http://www.peterbuffett.com/video/vlog.html.
Embracing Pain: A brief interview with Joanna Macy, writer and teacher of eco-spirituality
Joanna Macy is one of the world’s great workers and thinkers–I hope you know of her work, which spans many decades, many peoples and many causes. This brief video offers her wisdom as a Buddhist, gleaned from her years of working steadfastly on some of the world’s most troubling issues.
Kseniya Simonova – Sand Animation
A Ukranian sand artist retells their history through her art in sand
Gaon Chodab Nahin
An Indian (India) song set to images about their rebellion against destructive development in tribal lands and forests