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After Capitalism

September 17th, 2012 by Dave · No Comments

After Capitalism is a series of short animated videos available from The Guardian. Each video features a student animation of an impression of post-capitalist society. I was particularly struck by this one. The text of each animation comes from various authors and economists, including one of my favorite journalists, George Monbiot. The videos are short (3 to 5 minutes) and deal with a wide range of issues including the environment, politics, gender, class and language. Some, like this one, feature significant text, making them easier for language learners to follow. One of these videos would serve as a great starting point for a unit on global issues or current events. They would also work well in a business-themed class.

Many people take capitalism as a given. Encouraging students to imagine alternatives is a powerful activity.

Tags: blog · consumerism · cultural issues · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · happiness · health · human rights · imagined future · listening · politics · poverty & wealth · racism · the environment · video · visual prompts

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