Ten years ago, on January 16, 2004 was a busy day for us all. That evening, The Corporation launched in Canadian theatres, was screening at Sundance, and was ALSO playing at the World Social Forum in Mumbai.
Ten years later, we are reflecting back on the film, the launches and how exciting it was to connect with so many amazing people across the world. Most importantly we're looking forward to what we can do to create a legacy for the film's message, and the work that still needs to be done. Because frankly, we've never needed to fight back against corporate omnipresence more than we do now. We're not done yet!
Our plan is to spend the next year celebrating The Corporation's successes, while engaging with even more people to reduce corporate harm, to connect the causes we care about, and to take action for people over profits.
Tonight in Vancouver we are having as small think tank gathering to brainstorm how we can mark this 10th year. We'll be updating this blog with ideas and content from this event.
Katherine Dodds AKA "Kat" is the founder of HelloCoolWorld.com, the grassroots team behind The Corporation, and is featured in a "Grassroots Marketing" segment on The Corporation DVD set. She is dedicated to harnessing the power of the film to rein in corporate abuse through the development of the Campaign 4 Corporate Harm Reduction. |
As we near the 10 year anniversary of the blockbuster hit film, the issues surrounding corporate power loom even larger. The Corporation Special Edition 2 Disc DVD set is still a top seller on our store and features an additional 8 hours of interviews with Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and many, many others.
We also sell books, campaign materials, and other hard-hitting and inspiring documentaries like The Inside Job.
While you're there, check out the short video excerpt of The Corporation's co-creator & author, Joel Bakan, on being a citizen and the virtues of the Occupy movement. You can buy his latest book, Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children.
Use the coupon code - BEACITIZEN - at checkout for 25% off all products in The Corporation Store.
Sandy is part of The Corporation's grassroots team and has been working on the film's outreach efforts since 2003.|
At a recent conference in Vancouver, I met a Corporation fan and we got into a very interesting discussion about mining in Canada, and "the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID)" that has recently been formed at the University of British Columbia.
|David Ng is a Hello Cool World veteran with experience going back a decade. David first worked with us when he was just 14 years old as a participant in the youth advisory group for the sexual health education program Condomania. Now an accomplished videographer passionate about the issues of gender and power, he is currently on sabbatical in South Africa while he pursues a Masters in Gender Studies with a focus on international developme|
Photo credit: Ossie Michelin, APTN reporter
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Photo from Corporate Accountability International
Corporate Accountability International has launched a petition for US citizens to ask their senators to demand a copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership text. The public has been shut out of the negotiations of this gargantuan "free trade" agreement (though corporations and industry groups are giving their input), and leaked text has shown disturbing threats to our health, environment, jobs, and an open internet. The international Fair Deal campaign has recently launched to take on the latter and prevent changes to copyright laws.
Japan is the latest country to join the TPP talks, now wrapping up its 17th round in Lima, Peru. According to Reuters, Japan's inclusion "would cover nearly 40% of global economic output and one-third of all world trade."