Portal to a brave new world
Back in 2011, Dr. Monk's Ama joined a group of creative minds in Accra - representing ACCRA[dot]ALT, FCA, IUB and others - to imagine the Chale Wote Street Art Festival. The need was to give a stage to creativity and reclaim public space - for the public.
Now, five years later, large crowds once again thronged the streets of Jamestown, Accra, for the sixth edition of the festival. Bigger than ever, this year's edition was themed Spirit Robot and brought artists from all over the world to the seaside neighborhood, for a display of visual and performance art. How proud we are of our partners for creating a magnetic hit!
The roaring fire we gathered around at the beginning set the mood for the rest of the night: a warm search for honest answers to our climate problem. With non-stop conversation and debate, ideas were exchanged and plans were set in motion for anti-plastic campaigns, as well as tackling the big and small climate issues in our daily lives.
We love a good challenge. This time, it emerged while watching the ground-breaking environmental documentary Cowspiracy, with insights that dropped on us like a bomb. The film takes on one of the most destructive industries today: animal agriculture. And how it impacts our land, oceans, climate. The livestock industry as a whole accounts for 51% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions: more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport combined. And that is when five of us decided to stop eating animal products all together, for three months. Here is how it went down.
What can we learn from how people in different parts of the world deal with mental health? Documentary maker Sunny Bergman explores this question in the beautiful and brand new set of VPRO documentaries titled 'Sunny Side of Spirit'. Dr. Monk is involved and was asked to produced the documentary in Ghana. It aired on national television and is found online here! See the trailer below, find out more about the documentary and our involvement on our projects page, and let us know what you think of the documentary on Facebook!
In the past months, Dr. Monk and Philips have been working hard on a project around breastfeeding on the African continent. What challenges do working mothers face in breastfeeding? How is this linked to infant mortality? And what innovations can we create to empower these mothers to breastfeed more? We will now share our findings in a webinar that everyone can join!