The Toolbox: Video, Movies, & TV
This page contains all of the Resources tagged as "video / movies / tv." If you prefer to use search buttons to aid in your quest, go to the Resource Collection page and use the tag topic buttons. Links are resources not endorsements.
There is a whole variety of stuff here, but it is all meant to serve as a counterfear tool in some capacity or other. There are a few music videos, but only if the video content appears relevant to the mission here. You will also find talks, inspiration, big speeches, other neat stuff, and science. A longer movie reference list is coming in 2018.
There is always something viral and hilarious on the YouTube, so I trust that you will know that that's always a great counterfear tool. If you need a laugh and you're new to, like, The Internet, try combining the technical search terms "hilarious" + "cat." It is important to get comfortable prior to any YouTube-ing; it can lead to hours of distraction. It may be just the thing you need, though.
TED Talks are another great source for video inspiration. This site highlights a few TED talks, but will not re-post the ton of fabulous material that's already out there. Check out TED.com or a smaller, local TEDx near you for more.
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"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The parent website at the link has a number of video and other resources as well. The site linked above says, "Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential." For this reason, items tagged "half the sky" on http://counterfear.com/ reference women, girls, and related topics. #HalfTheSky
Check out this book by Eben Alexander, M.D., "Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife." Videos also available on the author's website.
From author Chris McGoff in Part 1 of the book: "How do some people, organizations, and coalitions thrive in uncertain times? What enables them to appear so certain and take decisive action amid ambiguity about the future?" The PRIMES website says "The PRIMES are universal patterns of group behavior that outfit you to work with any group to solve any problem - especially the big ones." The PRIMES book notes "... Here's the deal. Almost all the tame problems have been solved. We get to solve the wicked problems. Wicked problems affect a lot of peple and it takes a lot of people, all with their own agendas, to collaborate and solve them. ... The people who, amid uncertainty, successfully lead large problem-solving groups share these characteristics. First, they are clear about what they are up to and how they spend their precious time. Second, they are intentional and willing to go first. Finally, they have mastered the art of enrolling others to join them." The PRIMES website also has short videos and info about each of The PRIMES. Another core counterfear resource is Chris McGoff's TEDx Rock Creek talk on "Quad4: Realm of Your Highest Impact and Highest Risk." The author's company The Clearing has done significant work on wicked problems in many counterfear focus areas.
What can be said? The Star Wars movie series may be the primary myth of our time. Episodes IV, V, and VI - the original series - are a foundation for finding the ways of The Force. Excellent Jedi wisdom and training from Yoda in Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI, Return of the Jedi. Episodes I, II, and III are primarily useful as back story for the more deeply curious. Star Wars for a new generation came in with Episode VII, The Force Awakens. No spoilers here, but The Force Awakens truly is a myth for our time. It brings tools we need for the world we have in front of us. The myth and the metaphor are more powerful than we think. The newest Star Wars movie to be released is as fitting a myth for our time as The Force Awakens. Rogue One is powerful and unexpected. Myths and story bring to our consience the possible and the inspiration.
Some roots go so deep that they're unexplainable. Ties that bind. This song is posted in honor of those - they are our anchors.
Quality programming from CBS' Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. 2:08 min.
Craig and company sync to "I Will Melt With You," by Modern English, on CBS' Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Theme song from The Lego Movie. Intro lyrics from Google Play: "Everything is awesome / Everything is cool when you're part of a team / Everything is awesome when we're living our dream / Everything is better when we stick together / Side by side, you and I gonna win forever, let's party forever / We're the same, I'm like you, you're like me, we're all working in harmony..."
Video of "Feel Good Inc.," by Gorillaz. Not censored.
"Feel so close" - Calvin Harris. "I feel so close to you right now." If you are looking for a video of community and neighbors and fun and people taking care of each other, this is hard to beat. Fantastic. I learned of this video when I friend I was rooming with at an amazing convention woke up with the lyrics in her head from a dream. We Googled it, and this came up. We should have expected nothing less.
Gangsta's Paradise, with closed-captioning. Lyrics included on the YouTube page.
Official Lyrics Minions Version of Pharrell Williams' "Happy," from the Despicable Me 2 movie soundtrack. From the YouTube: "check out http://24hoursofhappy.com to experience the world's first 24 hour music video!"
From The Walking Dead collection. With lyrics. A good anchor for going through a tough time... like a big move, or a leg break, or a career change, or a bunch of stuff like that all at once. Here is the original scene, although it makes more sense if you've been watching the show.
Added 8/26/16. Lyrics here. "So I, I bet my life, I bet my life, I bet my life on you..."
"Tubthumping," by Chumbawamba. It's no secret that this song is about drinking, but the chorus is fantastic for thinking resilience: "I get knocked down... but I get up again... you are never gonna keep me down...."
"Changes" Lyric Video, by Longhorne Slim & The Law.
You can't beat this if you need an inspirational-leaping-or-fighter-type song... "Livin' on a Prayer," by Bon Jovi. A sparkly diamond from the world of 1986.
My gypsy road couldn't take me home either, so I finally switched roads. A little something for the GenX crowd; an homage to roots & home... and the road.
"Start livin', that's the next thing on my list..."
"Paradise City" by Guns N' Roses.
Fantastic music & community/neighbor/people video. Michael Franti & Spearhead - "Say Hey (I Love You)." Try dancing around to this one for a while. If you need an extra laugh on top of all this happiness, try "Craig Ferguson Says Hey! I Love you!" There may be puppets. Just saying.
State of Mind song, by Clint Black. Lyrics here. Excerpt: "It can make a right from a wrong, it can make you fall in love, It can get you singin' along, Chase the clouds away and make the sun shine above. A melody can bring back a memory, Take you to another place in time, Completely change your state of mind."
Thrift Shop (featuring Wanz) by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. UNCENSORED.
The "Top Gun" movie anthem, by Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens.
From the Walking Dead collection. Posted 9/11/2017. Lyrics here. "I'm going to get myself in fighting trim; Scope out every angle of unfair advantage..."
Katrina & The Waves (not the hurricane) - "Walking on Sunshine." One of the best-ever quick-pick-me-ups -
"We Are Young," by Fun, featuring Janelle Monae. Disturbing opening lyrics in what sounds like domestic violence, which is not okay. The chorus resonates: "Tonight... we are young... so let's set the world on fire... we can burn brighter... than the sun..."
This here is the version of "Wonderful Night" by Fatboy Slim, as shown on CBS' Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Hilarious. Maybe not for kiddos.
Pivot TV is a cable channel I found by accident after moving to the Midwest. After watching a few shows, I started to notice that some of their commercials appeared to be about taking some action in the world. Here's a bit of info from the Pivot TV link above: "Pivot is a network where what you watch does make a difference. With award-winning orginal programming, groundbreaking documentaries and exceptional films, you won't just be entertained – you’ll be inspired to become a part of the story. When you watch Pivot, we’ll give you the opportunity to take action on the issues raised in our content right from your screen or during the next commercial break." They appear to have some fantastic shows as well that I will now need to watch - and at least one show's website has information for building your own business. #thisisamplifying #counterfear
The AMC TV Series "The Walking Dead" may not fit the inspirational/uplifting genre of some Counterfear tools, but it is a fantastic series. It is entirely about fear, countering fear, resilience, problem-solving, connection, community... and vision. It is also very much about creating and holding space... often quite literally. Also, disaster preparedness, security itself, emergency management, devolution, and is in the dystopian/post-apocalypse genre. Well worth the watch. Well, if you have a strong stomach.
Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan lecture based on her book "Four Perfect Pebbles" - at Bradley University, Michel Student Center, Marty Theater, Peoria, IL.
"Quad4: Realm of Your Highest Impact and Highest Risk:" Chris McGoff at TEDxRockCreekPark. This is a Counterfear Anchorpoint, because it is a rare, short look at what we need to do to solve wicked problems. Also check out Chris McGoff's website and book "The PRIMES," another posted Counterfear resource. The website has videos and a summary of each of the PRIMES.
TED Talks are a great source for video inspiration, and many have gone viral. Check out TED.com or a smaller, local TEDx near you for more. From the site: "TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics - from science to business to global issues."
Video on "The Big Pivot - Whiteboard Animation," 3:12 min. Based on book by the same name, by Andrew Winston: http://www.andrewwinston.com/books/.
Excellent video summary of the book, posted 3/2011: "Author and leading security expert Stephen Flynn discusses The Edge of Disaster Rebuilding a Resilient Nation with Patricia Gras on a HoustonPBS the Connection Special. Are we vulnerable to disaster, terrorism or acts of God? Is America living on borrowed time? His book is a wake up call demanding that we shake off our denial and sense of helplessness and start preparing immediately for a safer future." See Counterfear Toolbox book resource link for book reviews.
"The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage," with Yossi Sheffi, recorded 11/2005. Sound is a little wonky partway through but improves through end. See Yossi Sheffi blog at MIT here. From the video post summary: "Yossi Sheffi fires a shot across the bow of business owners who, even after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, still have not assessed their organizations’ vulnerability to catastrophe. Sheffi piles on examples of organizations that simply did not have the appropriate mechanisms in place when disaster struck or evolved undetected." Also see book by the same name.
This TED talk by Seth Godin is one of the classics. From the video summary: In The Tribes We Lead, "Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so." Check out Seth's Godin's blog here; it's the only blog I read daily (also posted as a resource).
From the TED blurb: "Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how - if we see it in time - we can prevent it."
There is always something viral and funny on the YouTube; it is a great counterfear tool. If you need a laugh and you're new to The Internet, try searching YouTube for "hilarious" + "cat". YouTube is a great source for a million other resources - from movies to training to inspiration.