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

12 episodes

Studio: Rebel Media Productions

HD

Citizenship in a Networked Age

Citizenship in a Networked Age

This show focuses on some big and timely questions: How is democracy working in an age of Artificial Intelligence? How is online information impacting our decision making in what some call a post-truth/fact world? What is happening to community, neighborliness and our understanding of morality? You will watch the visions and points of views from luminaries including one of the "fathers" of the Internet, a former White House faith-based leader, and the CEO of a major Washington DC think tank.

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Democracy, Capitalism and Poverty

Democracy, Capitalism and Poverty

This show focuses on a compelling conversation with American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks and the Program on Human Flourishing. He explores whether Capitalism is broken and if poverty can really ever be alleviated or if democracy is irrevocably stressed to the breaking point in the USA.

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The Search for Genius: The Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative

The Search for Genius: The Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative

Ramanujan was a very poor Indian who won a coveted spot at Cambridge University in the 1920's. The Ramanujan Math Award is in his honor and finds young talent around the globe in order to encourage them to pursue a career in mathematics. This show focuses on the journeys of two young math geniuses and high school stars from Atlanta and Baltimore.

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Humpback Whale Communication and the Search For Alien Intelligence

Humpback Whale Communication and the Search For Alien Intelligence

This show features the never before reported SETI project meets Whales. An in-depth story explaining how researchers are trying to understand Humpback Whale communications and whether that might help academics in the search for alien intelligence while deciphering potential signals from extraterrestrial. The episode is a mind-bending yarn.

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Designing Artificial Intelligence to Aid Human Morality

Designing Artificial Intelligence to Aid Human Morality

Can artificial intelligence help us be more moral? This story focuses on whether you can imbed computers with a sense of morality using artificial intelligence. What will our future look like with a world integrated by such updated systems, and especially what the implications are for decision making in hospital settings!

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Putting Our Heads Together: Creating a Global Community to Study Animal Cognition

Putting Our Heads Together: Creating a Global Community to Study Animal Cognition

This never before reported on topic focuses on the cognitive evolution and intelligence within animals and features Duke University Evolutionary Anthropologist Brian Hare. Brian is well known for his Dognition research, yet this story covers a much more elaborate study executed by a global community of researchers who put their heads together on animal cognition.

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The Genesis of Human Altruism in Children

The Genesis of Human Altruism in Children

How does altruism begin. Is it biological? Is it taught? This show features a fascinating investigation of the genesis of altruism. A leading developmental psychologist at the University of Seattle is doing ground breaking DNA research, supported by Templeton, on the biological roots of altruism in toddlers. Never been reported before. It's a very compelling story.

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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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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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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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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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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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