Why do we buy what we buy? Who created our world of rampant consumerism and how did they do it? Investigative journalist Jacques Peretti examines the trends and techniques.
Addicted To Money is THE program for anyone who wants to know how the financial crisis came about, what it means for us now, and what we can do to create a sustainable economy. Biting and punchy, this three-part series is a survival guide for the 'New Economy', presented with wit, charm and incisive appeal by David McWilliams, a young economist who talks just as candidly to the most influential and powerful players in the global economy as he does to ordinary people.
As the 2008 financial crisis loomed, frantic efforts to save the US from economic collapse happened in secret. Vice News explores the untold stories of powerful people leading the way. Alternative title The Untold Story of the Financial Crisis.
Concert promoters and rapper Ja Rule advertise a high-end festival experience that fails spectacularly when they don't plan for the infrastructure to support the venue, artists and guests.
In just a few years, crowdfunding has empowered a whole new generation of artists to create things in a way that's never been seen before. Over a period of three years, the film is following the endeavours of poker card designer Jackson Robinson, hippie Zach Crain, and video game veteran Brain Fargo, all of whom reach out to the crowd in order to change their lives forever.
Dan is a 35-year-old computer programmer from Pittsburgh who lives a busy life. Along with balancing work, his marriage, and raising his three boys, Dan spends much of his time actively involved in all things Bitcoin. After discovering Bitcoin in 2011, his love and obsession for the cryptocurrency was born, revealing an uncharted world of new possibilities for him to explore.
Creel Price's radical business venture to take six Australians representing groups who fall through the employment cracks is reaching a crucial phase as both businesses are still finding their way. There is less than four weeks until both teams will pitch to a roomful of investors for some start-up capital.
After putting 12 diverse Australians who have all struggled with employment through their paces at boot camp, Creel Price will announce the final six who will continue for the next seven weeks. He will choose just two ideas to develop into a business worthy of pitching to a room full of investors. Each of the six will have to prove to him why their idea should be chosen.
David Koch lends a helping hand to owners of small and medium-sized businesses.
Feeling that the Western hipster has become a parody of itself, Sam travels to a place where the word "hipster" is just beginning to gain traction: China. Sam learns that the idea of the hipster doesn't really exist in China - instead there is a movement known as the "cultured youth".
Keen to further explore the hipsters' love of things of the past, Sam travels to Tokyo and meets some key players in Tokyo's vintage underground and discovers that in Japan, hipness is not about borrowing the best bits of past subcultures - it's defined by all-out commitment to your chosen style.
Beer labels, cafe menus, pickle jars... most products targeting hipsters look like they were hand crafted by rural artisans deep in a mountain commune. Keen to understand the reasons behind the prevalence of rustic, old-world branding in the hipster world, Sam seeks guidance from Roberta Ronsivale of renowned New York branding and design consultancy MUCCA.
Selling everything from bespoke burritos to artisanal soap, businesses operated by and for hipsters are now everywhere - and they're often owned by smart, young "hipsterpreneurs". Sam wants to discover if this term means "savvy exploiter of trends" or "cool kid who got lucky".
Samuel Johnson pedals deep into the hipster world with an investigation of their ride of choice - the now ubiquitous fixed gear bike. What's the appeal of a bike with no gears or brakes? Sam will need nerves (and thighs) of steel to find out. Sam tries to catch his breath with a relaxing sandwich but can't find a cafe that isn't plastered with intimidating words like "artisanal"; "foraged" or "locavore".
How did fixed gear bikes, artisanal cheese, craft beer and long beards evolve from being niche trends to cliches and commodities? Was hipster even a subculture at all? And why will no hipster ever admit to being one? The charming but not particularly hip Samuel Johnson digs into the past to find the origins of the cultural stereotype. Acknowledging that the word has now taken on a distinctively negative connotation and that the peak of the contemporary hipster is actually behind us, the new six- part series Hipsters is a light hearted look back at the cultural phenomenon that was.
In this final episode, the entrepreneurs prepare to head home after three weeks of hard work. To the last, they are still trying to find ways to help the villagers make money. Two of the group, Pepita Diamand and Yvonne Thompson hit on another big idea to help local women turn their hobby into a business.
Multi-millionaire building boss Steve Morgan is working virtually single-handed on a project to provide local schoolchildren with clean drinking water. But just as the water tanks are delivered, he drops the bombshell that he is heading home early.
Led by entrepreneurs Seb Bishop and Deirdre Bounds, work gets under way on an innovative hotel that could prove to be a real money-spinner for the villagers. But another big idea nearly ends in disaster when a misunderstanding leads to a confrontation with local farmers. Work grinds to a halt and the entrepreneurs find themselves in very hot water.
Eight successful British business leaders have been challenged by leading development agency World Vision to improve the living standards of a remote Ugandan farming community. With a combined fortune of more than $1,301,102 billion (600 million pounds) and expertise ranging from construction to marketing, they will need to use their business skills to tackle the seemingly intractable issue of poverty.
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