Stories of Impact: Templeton World Charity Foundation

The goal of this unique video project is to highlight the human stories and critical perspectives that bring to life the main mission of the Templeton World Charity Foundation’s funding of breakthroughs concerning the “Big Questions” of life. These stories exemplify one of Sir John Templeton’s core values: to positively impact individual lives around the world. They also communicate a grander view of flourishing -- where meaning, purpose, and truth are central tenets, not peripheral, to human progress. In addition, these stories portray both individual and societal impact -- driven by rigorous and innovative research. By sharing these personal narratives and observations, Templeton seeks to illuminate Sir John’s profound sense of optimism and hope that ‘spiritual progress is possible.’

About the show

5 episodes

Studio: Rebel Media Productions

South Africa: Youth Radio Dialogues on Ubuntu, South Africa

South Africa: Youth Radio Dialogues on Ubuntu, South Africa

This two-year project, based in Cape Town and managed by the Children’s Radio Foundation, was aimed at training a new generation of youth radio reporters throughout the country. The reporters focused on an African spiritual and philosophical concept known as “Ubuntu” and how it impacted their community. Ubuntu generally means, "I exist because of you." Explore this universal concept through the eyes of young radio reporters and their mentor – what they learned and the impact it had.

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The Science of Human Flourishing: Religion Among Scientists in International Contexts

The Science of Human Flourishing: Religion Among Scientists in International Contexts

A Rice University project explores the attitudes and boundaries between science and religion among scientists in eight national contexts. A global survey asks key questions about the relationship between science and faith – for example, whether it is a relationship of conflict or compatibility? How do various cultures around the world reflect on this relationship? Can beauty find a place in scientific reasoning and work? Take a deep dive among three scientists and the project leader who discuss their attitudes and findings about science and religion.

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Being Human: Discovering and Advancing School Students’ Perceptions of the Relationships between Science and Religion At Canterbury Christ Church University

Being Human: Discovering and Advancing School Students’ Perceptions of the Relationships between Science and Religion At Canterbury Christ Church University

The project explores the intersection of science and religion and how students think about both. What are the Big Questions that each discipline can answer best and why? What are the factors which students feel influence their views on each subject? How does a multidisciplinary approach to pedagogy improve both teaching and learning? Follow a daylong workshop to see students participating in a forum on these critical issues.

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Managing Extreme Technological Risk

Managing Extreme Technological Risk

The Centre for Existential Risk, based at the University of Cambridge, was founded to explore critical threats that could end life on earth, as we know it. Lord Martin Rees, one of the Centre’s founders says, “Of the 45 million centuries of the Earth’s history, this one is very special. It is the first century that one species – us – holds the future of the planet in our hands.” So take a fast-paced tour through the Centre’s work and thinking on biological risks, environmental risks, as well as the risks and potential of artificial intelligence.

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The Theology of Suffering: Natural Catastrophes and Hurricane Katrina

The Theology of Suffering: Natural Catastrophes and Hurricane Katrina

More than a decade after one of the most devastating natural catastrophes to hit the US mainland, explore the complex relationship between a community and its faith. Witness a very moving examination of how faith can enable people to survive such horror and loss, and yet still remain resilient enough to rebuild a community torn asunder.

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