The emotionally charged story recounted at the beginning Dr. Paul Zak's film—of a terminally ill two-year-old named Ben and his father—offers a simple yet remarkable case study in how the human brain responds to effective storytelling. As part of his study, Dr. Zak, a founding pioneer in the emerging field of neuroeconomics, closely monitored the neural activity of hundreds of people who viewed Ben's story.
In this video, made for the Oslo freedom Forum 2009, Hans Rosling talks about the difficulty in measuring progress in Human Rights in the form of comparable numerical statistics. He also shows the surprisingly weak correlation between existing estimates for democracy and socio-economic progress.
Sam Berns is a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he has achieved highest honors and is currently a percussion section leader in the high school marching band. He recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Sam was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare, rapid aging disease, at the age of 2. He is featured in the documentary Life According to Sam, which will premiere on HBO on October 21, 2013.
Activist Robin Chaurasiya left home at 16 to join the US Air Force, and was kicked out the day they learnt that she was a lesbian. Robin joined the fight to repeal the US army's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, and now continues to fight everyday for equal opportunity with her NGO Kranti. At INK2013, she challenges our notions and asks -- "Are we really ready for equality?"