VPRO Backlight

Politics of belonging

VPRO Backlight

Politics of belonging

How can we overcome the ever-increasing alienation, loneliness and ecological catastrophe? A new story is needed to free the population from the overpowering efficient thinking. The influential British thinker George Monbiot has the answers to tell us how to get out of this chaos. We must reinvent our relationship to nature, our fellow human beings, society, politics and especially to ourselves.

A good discussion about the power of compassion with George Monbiot while he is pruning his orchard. In search of examples that can show us all the way out of the crisis: the mayor of an Italian mountain village who has found and unorthodox manner to handle immigrants, a young internet entrepreneur in Iceland who has developed a digital platform for direct democracy and a Swiss neurologist who proves we can indeed influence our compassion.