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In WASTE LAND by Lucy Walker, Vik Muniz travels to one of the most impoverished areas in the world… Brazil’s Jardim Gramacho garbage dump, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.  Through art, world-wide attention, and demonstrating the beauty of

In WASTE LAND by Lucy Walker, Vik Muniz travels to one of the most impoverished areas in the world… Brazil’s Jardim Gramacho garbage dump, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Through art, world-wide attention, and demonstrating the beauty of

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Nathan commented on WASTE LAND by Lucy Walker

Hi Patrick. That must have been a wonderful and inspiring experience, meeting Vik. The reason Wasteland adds something to the conversation is because it is a great example of the Bright-spot approach to poverty, which I heard about in "Everything Is Obvious: Once You Know the Answer." Initially, I jumped to solutions that involve street lighting etc, but then I wondered more about the root cause of the violence. If we are trying to solve the root problem, should solutions focus on educating/help the women (victims), the men (perpetrators), or maybe both? I'm not sure, but in Wasteland, I cannot imagine a more powerful way that those people could be helped. They became inspired and changed from within, with just a little help. I'd love to see an approach that incorporates bright-spots.