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November 12, 2015

How to Empower Communities with David Gershon

David Gershon, co-founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on behavior-change, community empowerment and large-system transformation, and applies this expertise to issues requiring community, organizational, and societal change. David joins Pedram on this episode of The Urban Monk Podcast to talk about the process of empowering communities.

In this episode, he also discusses the projects he’s been working on, which includes the Cool City Challenge that aims to reduce CO2 emissions. The Cool City Challenge will prototype the Cool Block Program in three Northern California cities and then take it to scale statewide, [...]

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October 12, 2015

HIV-Positive Man Stands In a Park and Asks Strangers to Touch Him

Human touch can be an incredibly powerful thing especially when it comes to the stigma surrounding people with HIV that still exists today. With this in mind a man in Finland, Janne Antin decided to do a little social experiment and record it. Antin went to a public park, placed signs on the ground that read, “I Am HIV-Positive. Touch Me!”, and closed his eyes. He would not have to wait long before people started responding to his request.

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October 6, 2015

Watch How Men React to Seeing Their Girlfriends Get Catcalled

For women, walking down the street can be like running the gauntlet through stares and obnoxious catcalls. This video from Cosmopolitan, filmed on the streets of New York wanted to not only capture some of the terrible behavior women endure, but also record their boyfriends’ reactions to seeing the catcalling. Walking down the street shouldn’t be this bad.

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September 29, 2015

Spectacular Whale Breach Caught on Video

Whale watchers in the Bay of Fundy off Novia Scotia were given quite a surprise by a humpback whale. The whale almost leapt completely out of the water in full view of all the onlookers. The amazing breach was caught on video by Sandy Seliga, who was on vacation and had “whale watching on her bucket list.” 

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