My attention has just been drawn to a short talk by the radical sociologist David Harvey. It’s a broadly marxist explanation of the current economic crisis called The Crises of Capitalism and can be viewed on YouTube here.
Now, don’t all rush for the exits at once. The reason I mention this is not just for the lucidity of its content but also for the technique — called ‘scribing’ — used to convey it. Imagine having your talk translated into incisive, funny, elegant cartoons and graphics as you speak… Well, that’s what happens. It’s one of those brilliantly simple ideas that takes longer to explain than it does to watch.
The technique, as far as it’s possible to tell — neither the short film itself not the RSA website which hosts that one and other examples credits the producers — is developed by a company called Cognitive Media.
I guarantee it is impossible to watch it and remain unimpressed.
Who will be first to use it in Birmingham?