The world’s most consumed fruit has an untold story. The industrialization of the humble tomato preceded the globalized economy that was to follow. It is now as much of a commodity as wheat, rice, or petrol. The tomato’s ability to create strongly identifiable products, such as ketchup, pizza sauce, soups, sauces, drinks or frozen dishes is unbeatable. As early as 1897, ten years before Ford started to mass produce cars, Heinz was already converting tomatoes into standardized cans of puree.
"They took us to a small house. There they tore off our clothes and raped my friend and me. I was only 17 years old and still a virgin”, says Joari. The shocking thing: Joari and her friend were allegedly raped by the people who were meant to protect her: UN peacekeepers. 20,000 UN peacekeeping troops were sent to bring stability to the Eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a war is raging between rebels and government forces.
Marvel are the superheroes of the entertainment world, but just three decades ago the company was on the brink of collapse, forced into an all out war to survive. Former insiders give a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the Marvel Universe and how the company fought its way back to the top.
Olympus made its mark in the world of photography in the 1970s. The company continued innovating with breakthrough products right till the 2000s. But then, an auditing scandal came to light, causing an internal crisis. Inside the Storm: Back from the Brink reveals how Olympus overcame the odds.
Nissan, was propelled as a global brand when it won races against big names like Porsche. But in 1999, the iconic Japanese car maker was on the verge of bankruptcy, with billions in debt and outdated cars. Behind the scenes insight reveals how one man drove Nissan's dramatic turnaround.
Following the global economic crisis, more and more people are questioning the way global markets function. Some are turning to decentralised payment systems like bitcoin in an attempt to regain control of the economy. But what is bitcoin? How will it impact the way we do business and can bitcoin really challenge the banks’ monopoly and democratise society?
For humans, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of wellbeing, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions. Sustainability economics involves ecological economics where social, cultural, and financial aspects are integrated. In this episode we look at how business and industry are tackling the problem to lower carbon, the increasing value of bio-fuels, innovative methods and practices in India and Chile and the role solar energy is playing in China.
Karl Marx was many things: philosopher, journalist, economist and historian. In many ways he was a modern renaissance man. His revolutionary ideas, though, are his legacy. They have literally changed the world. His far-reaching analyses and theories have inspired millions of people to become politically active. 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of his birthday. After the collapse of many socialist regimes Marx seemingly became less popular.
From Super Mario to Donkey Kong, Nintendo was a gamechanger. But with the industry's dramatic advancements, this iconic juggernaut was hit with a series of flops. Inside The Storm: Back from the Brink interviews ex-employees and game experts, revealing the secret to Nintendo's survival.
The life and death battles of global businesses. The risks taken and the mistakes made. This series explores the struggles of four major global companies - LEGO, Garuda Airlines, Fujifilm and Nintendo - and how they were saved from the brink of collapse.
Politicians, economists and the media are obsessed with economic growth. But why do we still cling to this concept? Clearly it is impossible to have infinite growth on a finite planet. In SYSTEM ERROR award-winning director Florian Opitz (“Speed, In Search of Lost Time” and “The Big Sellout”) examines the fundamentals of capitalism. He reveals unexpected correlations and lays bare the pathological nature of the current system.
For generations, we have believed that man is driven by ruthless self-interest. But over the past decade, this idea has been increasingly challenged. New research from fields as diverse as political science, psychology, sociology and experimental economics is forcing us to rethink human actions and motivation.
It was a household brand with profits in the millions, but in 2005 Kodak filed for bankruptcy. So what went so horribly wrong ? Inside The Storm: Lessons from the Boardroom interviews the people directly involved, uncovering the decisions and the mistakes that led to the collapse of the iconic company.
Nearly 100 years after its creation, the power of the U.S. Federal Reserve has never been greater. Markets and governments around the world hold their breath in anticipation of the Fed Chairman’s every word. Yet the average person knows very little about the most powerful - and least understood - financial institution on earth.
Britain's oldest bank, Barings Brothers had a reputation for security - but in 1995, it became an emblem of scandal. Inside The Storm: Lessons from the Boardroom gets the inside story from Nick Leeson, the man who lost over a billion dollars and sent shockwaves through the world of banking.
In 2008, the collapse of Lehman Brothers was the biggest bankruptcy in history, sending shockwaves throughout the global financial market. This final episode tells the story of what went wrong within America's oldest investment bank, and how it devastated even the common man in Asia.
When money drives almost all activity on the planet, it’s essential that we understand it. Yet simple questions often get overlooked – questions like: Where does money come from? Who creates it? Who decides how it gets used? And what does that mean for the millions of ordinary people who suffer when money and finance breaks down?97% Owned is a new documentary that reveals how the creation of credit and the mystery that surrounds it, is at the root of our current social and economic crisis.
It’s a global empire run by the world’s richest man. Amazon, the world’s top online retailer, has revolutionised the global economy and the flow of goods. How does this hidden empire work? Who is Jeff Bezos, its iconoclastic boss? What is the essence of this company as it prepares to completely transform capitalism in the twenty-first century? We speak to Amazon employees, from workers to executives, who describe a model that they have experienced from the inside.
Crowdfunding is perhaps the most significant social development of the past decades. It democratizes culture, innovation, and the way we do business. With insights from renowned crowdfunding experts – like designer Scott Thomas (Design Director Pres. Obama) and best selling author Seth Godin (The Icarus Deception) – CAPITAL C is the first documentary on the crowdfunding revolution. The film follows the endeavours of three independent artists, who reach out to the crowd.