People aren’t only active members of the global economy – they are part of the world that is governed by its structures, benefits and drawbacks. We The Economy focuses on people as they adjust to different economic conditions and develop different forms of participation, whether its crypto-currency or free Internet.
Under Pressure – Education In South Korea
1. Under Pressure – Education In South Korea
6 mins
Pupils in South Korea often experience a lot of pressure. Many of them spend hours each evening studying. This leaves little time for hobbies and friends. A startup has developed a 3D educational tool designed to help.
Starlink – High Speed Internet From Space
2. Starlink – High Speed Internet From Space
6 mins
Elon Musk’s project Starlink promises high-speed internet for all. Could this be the solution for communities in Africa, for example, which have previously had only very restricted access? We visited eastern Congo where every upload is a challenge.
Germany – Being Poor in One of the World's Richest Countries
3. Germany – Being Poor in One of the World's Richest Countries
6 mins
Germany is considered one of the world's richest countries, but over 5.6 million people suffer from poverty in old age. Many of them have worked for decades, yet their pensions are not enough. How do they survive?
Cryptocurrencies And Social Change
4. Cryptocurrencies And Social Change
6 mins
Many Filipinos are unable to set up bank accounts, which causes them all kinds of financial problems. Young start-up founders see cryptocurrencies as a way to help people without sufficient access to banking services.
The Disabled And China's Labor Market
5. The Disabled And China's Labor Market
6 mins
We visit the Inclusion Factory near Shanghai, whose goal is to facilitate the inclusion of people with disabilities into society through meaningful employment, high quality vocational training and personal development programs.
A French Revolution
6. A French Revolution
6 mins
When the Fralib tea factory was closed by its multinational owner, the workers occupied the plant for three years. Today they own it, although the business is still making a loss. We went to France to find out if the revolutionary spirit is still alive and well.
Thinking Big And Pushing Boundaries
7. Thinking Big And Pushing Boundaries
6 mins
Most companies are still founded by men. This is often because women have a far harder time convincing investors than men – who have better networks. We present female founders from Germany and India facing different and also similar problems.
Who Counts As “Middle” Class In Different Countries?
8. Who Counts As “Middle” Class In Different Countries?
6 mins
Who is “middle class”? In Rwanda it’s a very small group of people, while in Russia it comprises 20 % and in Germany almost half of the population. Three people from three countries: their social progress, their lifestyles and their dreams
Women In Charge In Sumatra
9. Women In Charge In Sumatra
6 mins
Among Sumatra's Minangkabau ethnic group, it is the women who own and inherit property. Theirs is the largest matrilineal society in the world.
Shareholder Or Stakeholder – Who’s Calling The Shots?
10. Shareholder Or Stakeholder – Who’s Calling The Shots?
6 mins
Critics of capitalism and some industry representatives agree: Maximizing shareholder value should no longer be the primary focus of business. It’s a view that continues to gain traction. Could this approach result in an eco-friendlier economy?
Climate Crises – Three Stories
11. Climate Crises – Three Stories
6 mins
Fishers in Mozambique can no longer fish, farmers in India can no longer live from their harvest and women in Guatemala are sinking into poverty. What does climate change mean for people in affected regions?
Africa – Neglected By The Tech Industry?
12. Africa – Neglected By The Tech Industry?
6 mins
Digital systems are increasingly voice-operated. Two-thirds of people in Africa are at a digital disadvantage because they don’t speak a global language. The big tech companies focus on clients in Europe and the US – but why not Africa?
Tough Climate For Female Entrepreneurs In India
13. Tough Climate For Female Entrepreneurs In India
6 mins
Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley. The metropolis attracts large tech companies, startups and entrepreneurs. But this isn’t easy terrain for women, in a sector that’s still largely defined by traditional gender roles.
How Are Ukrainians Finding Work In Germany?
14. How Are Ukrainians Finding Work In Germany?
6 mins
More than four million people have fled Ukraine. At least 600,000 came to Germany. The have good prospects on the German jobs market, and they’re welcome – but there are obstacles.
Sustainably Produced Clothing From Bangladesh?
15. Sustainably Produced Clothing From Bangladesh?
6 mins
Bangladesh nine years after the Rana Plaza disaster: the nation is adopting more sustainable production methods and working to improve conditions in the textile industry.
Spain – Salvaging Crop Waste
16. Spain – Salvaging Crop Waste
6 mins
Too big, too small, too wonky: food waste often starts on the farm. In Spain, an NGO salvages rejected produce and distributes it to the needy.
Migrants’ Children – The Rocky Path To Success
17. Migrants’ Children – The Rocky Path To Success
6 mins
Integration into the German labor market: the experience of past migrants’ children illustrates the problems they faced. Is economic advancement easier today?