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Gearing up for our 10 Year Campaign!

By Katherine Dodds On April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

IF WE CAN CHANGE THE CORPORATION WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!
THE CORPORATION
has been stunning audiences with its revelations of an out of control business model that mandates the pursuit of profit without regard for anything, or anyone, else.

A decade since the film first launched - its' message is more relevant than ever. Join HelloCoolWorld and the makers of The Corporation as we prepare for a 10th Anniversary year of organizing, action and dialogue.

A decade ago we had a grassroots hit on our hands, and thousands of people from hundreds of organizations and citizens groups rallied to help us spread the word– but now, in a post 2008, and even post-Occupy world, with Bakan at work on a second book wondering if we are all psychopath’s now – it’s time to gear up again – because we’re not done yet!  We need to re-write corporate charters, revive democracy, and revolt against the profit motive at any cost. Our planet is at stake.

We’re calling on activists to join us in a year of organizing, dialogue and actions. In May we are launching a crowd-funding campaign to rebuild our Corporation web-site in a media-rich magazine format with outreach tools to engage with our allies in the fight against corporate power.

We need you to help us fundraise and to spread the word.

We are preparing to launch a Crowdfunding campaign mid-May 2014 to rebuld this site as a media-rich magazine format portal to projets we and our allies launch, as well as to build outreach tools for activists to use. You can donate now.

And if your are in Vancouver May 26 - SAVE THE DATE! Tickets available now on Eventbrite.

VANCOUVER SCREENING!

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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.

Ten Years - Why It Still Matters

By David Ng On January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Corporation film is officially 10 years old! What a great decade it has been, and it has been especially fun connecting with people all over the world who are interested in transforming the role of corporations in the world.

On January 16th, 2014 - on the 10th birthday of the theatrical premiere and release of the film - we had a small party in Vancouver with some Corporation Film friends and fans to start a dialogue about how we might be able connect with movements around the world who are interested in collaborating to do some work together. We'll be cutting more 'micro-docs' from the interviews we did, including more about Corporation co-creator and author Joel Bakan's new project! Stay tuned...

We are interested in connecting with all Corporation fans who want to join in on our year of organizing, dialogue, and actions!  Check out our vlog about why the film is still relevant, and send in your own comments or videos!

Sign up to volunteer, and we will be in touch with you about how you can help.  We can also help you organize a screening in your community - send us an email (info@hellocoolworld.com)!

We're not done yet, but we need your help to make this anniversary year a game-changer.

Join us!

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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

Website Revamped & New e'Zine Released!

By Sandy Haksi On May 04, 2012 | 1 Comments

We recently overhauled this website to incorporate a Twitterfeed and show off the tweets of our "on-the-ground" reporter at #OWS NYC. May Day saw lots of action and it was great to be kept in the loop and feel like we were part of it, even here in far away Vancouver, Canada.

We've also just released our latest News of the Cool e'Zine with a cover piece on Documentary Storytelling & Social Change. It discusses how docs like The Corporation and 65_RedRoses can be catalysts for change, but there need to be ways to feed the movement long after the film is released. We're trying to do this through sales of campaign materials and/or contributions, along with the help of volunteers and other supporters. Unfortunately, reining in the corporate psychopath is not going to happen overnight, and the film continues to be an amazing tool that awakens audiences to how much corporate power has grown over the last century.

On the good news front, we're seeing more and more pushback to the economic and political dogma that has enabled corporations to gain the rights of people, and allowed wealth to pool at the very top (Vermont recently called for an amendment to abolish "Corporate Personhood").

Not only are people now questioning the validity of "trickle-down" economic models, they are also wondering if getting a mere trickle was ever good enough in the first place.

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Sandy is part of The Corporation's grassroots team and has been working on the film's outreach efforts since 2003.

OWS & ACT UP Demand Wall Street Ante Up

By Jennifer Slattery On April 16, 2012 | 1 Comments

One of our volunteers, Jennifer Slattery, is heading back to the Occupy Wall Street site in New York and will be reporting live via twitter. Check back frequently to see what is going on at #OWS! There will be a LIVE "Occupy Your Future" twitter feed where you will be able to see what is happening on the ground at #OWS.

ACT UP X OCCUPYAfter a long winter, it's time to go back to Wall St. for this activist. And I am very excited about the first action I will be attending this Spring: 

To commemorate its 25th anniversary, ACT UP (the activist group that took on AIDS issues in the 80's) will team up with Occupy Wall Street to hold a massive demonstration and march on Wall Street. Why Wall Street? Because the corruption of the corporate class has a ripple effect throughout our society that goes far beyond jobs, and debt. The crisis they cause leads to human suffering. On Wednesday, April 25 we will gather at City Hall and march on Wall Street. Act Up, in many ways, served as a model for the Occupy movement's leaderless, non-violent, and creative, direct action tactics. It is an honor to not only carry on their fight, but to have them stand beside us, and teach us from within our own ranks. 

When I first arrived at Liberty Square six months ago, reporters asked me what real solutions I personally wanted to be achieved by protesting. My answer, repeatedly, was the need for a Financial Transaction Tax. None of the reporters ever printed my answer, instead running the same lie over and over for months: no one at Occupy has any ideas, no solutions. That was a lie, and I know because I heard many others talking about the same thing. We never stopped talking about it, and the media may choose to ignore us, but we will only get louder. A "Financial Speculation Tax" (Fi.S.T.) on Wall Street will be our rallying cry with Act Up on the 25th.

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Jennifer Slattery is a dedicated human rights activist, former private investigator, and a member of the Occupy Movement. She lives in NY, and would be happy to answer any and all questions you might have: occupierjenvs@gmail.com

On Corporate Coups & The Totalitarian TipToe

By Jennifer Slattery On February 28, 2012 | 2 Comments


Pictured: Lloyd Blankfein, currently the CEO & Chairman of Goldman Sachs since 2006 when Hank Paulson became Secretary of the Treasury.

In our world, societal catastrophe seems to strike like lightning. A bolt from the blue blindsides us; turning conventional wisdom on its head. Often it comes in a thunderous crack: in an assassination, or an explosive attack. Sometimes it comes with a crash, as another bubble bursts and collapses under the weight of its own corruption. These events shock our view of everything we thought we knew of our past, and of a future we thought we had built on foundations unshakable. But the startled paralysis of catastrophe wears off as surely as our illusions do, and we are left with a clear choice: change or break. 

The Corporation film exposed the machinations of these artificial entities that empower the most sociopathic tendencies in human nature. It showed in stark terms how the Corporate Identity relieves the conscience of the individuals on the inside of guilt. Corporations see no limits; it's only goal is to gain more, to grow bigger, to feed endlessly and explicitly without remorse like a machine. Even when massive amounts of wealth are attained their desire for conquest turns to control of the rule of law in order to amass even more. In the 1930's major corporations went for a millitary Coup to overthrow FDR, and failed. These same entities funded the rise of fascism in Europe simultaneously, and for a time succeeded.

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