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‘What Are We Grateful For?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 16th January

This Saturday 16th January 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘What Are We Grateful For?’

This week on It’s A Question Of Balance we are featuring Out And About - thought-provoking conversations on the street. In Out And About we consider topics with local relevance and global significance. The idea is to get us thinking about the questions that affect us all - to stimulate new thinking, or clarify what we already feel. To hear how other people’s opinions may differ from or be similar to our own.

As the year begins and we are looking ahead perhaps to challenges and goals we are trying to achieve, I thought it might be nice to take a moment to think about what we are grateful for. To start the year with a sense of what we already have, as we move forward to attain new things, to give us a sense of our base. So this week we are considering ‘What have we got to be grateful for?’

What do you think? Ruth Copland gets the views of people on the street for our Out and About feature. Join us on Saturday 8-9 PM! For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

It’s A Question of Balance tries to explore whether we have more in common than divides us, balancing the intellectual with the creative. We do this by featuring thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts.

Season’s Greetings From It’s A Question Of Balance and A Happy New Year!

Ruth Copland and It’s A Question Of Balance thank you for listening in 2015 and we look forward to bringing you more great arts’ guests and stimulating discussion topics in the new year. Thanks also to all the interviewees who took part in the Out and About feature. If you have any comments or suggestions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At this time of giving, the words of George Pepperdine (1886- 1962), founder of Pepperdine University, seem apt “…A great gift has been made to each and every one of us—the privilege of living in the world for a short span of years and the opportunity of doing our part to help the less fortunate; to improve civilization; to advance knowledge, both the scientific knowledge of men and the wisdom which is from above. The gift of human life and the opportunity which is ours to serve others…should be regarded as a sacred trust.” It’s A Question of Balance returns in the new year. In the meantime, why not check out podcasts of past shows at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com where you can also see guest photos and info. Revisit favorite shows or listen to ones you may have missed.

Ruth Copland and It’s A Question Of Balance send you season’s greetings and wish you all the very best for 2016!

Niko Von Glasow Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 19th December 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing internationally renowned, award-winning filmmaker Niko von Glasow. Born in Cologne, Niko studied film at New York University and The Film Academy in Lodz, Poland where he made his first feature film Wedding Guests. Written and directed by Niko, the film won numerous awards, including the German Critics’ Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Niko’s next projects, including Marie’s Song, Wintersleepers, and Edelweiss Pirates, were shown at festivals around the world and won multiple awards. For his next film, Nobody’s Perfect, Niko convinced 11 fellow victims of Thalidomide to pose for a nude calendar and documented the whole process. The film’s worldwide success gave Niko an opportunity to meet with politicians and journalists; this campaign resulted in the German government increasing compensation to surviving victims of Thalidomide in Germany. Niko’s other films include Lazy Lama about a Tibetan Buddhist teacher who teaches all around the world, My Way to Olympia about the 2012 London Paralympics, the award-winning Everything Will Be Alright which documents the making of a unique live theatre production which includes mentally and physically disabled actors, and Shoot Me, Kiss me, Cut! Niko is member of BAFTA as well as the European and German Film Academy. He founded the Tibetan Film School and holds talks and workshops in Script Writing and Directing internationally. He is also a highly regarded motivational speaker.
Niko’s film career is complemented by his artistic photographic work. Niko is currently working on several photographic projects including with blind, deaf-dumb children, prostitutes and juvenile prisoners in the Philippines. He is also developing several film projects through the international production company he founded, Palladio Film.

Tune in Saturday 9-10 PM to find out more about the life and art of Niko von Glasow. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

‘What Is The Nature Of A True Gift?’ (2015) It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 19th December

This Saturday 19th December 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘What is the nature of a true gift?’ As the holidays approach our minds turn to gifts. British essayist, novelist and poet Robert Louis Stevenson observed “To be rich in admiration and free from envy, to rejoice greatly in the good of others, to love with such generosity of heart that your love is still a dear possession in absence or unkindness - these are the gifts which money cannot buy.” Do we still think of things like this as gifts? Or has the march of consumerism made us view gifts as predominantly material items? Giving gifts can be as much a joy for the giver as for the receiver but has gift-giving become a barter exchange where we try to give gifts of equal value to what we will receive? Or do we still gifts to engender joy with no expectation of a return? Maybe a good maxim is the Arabic proverb “If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.” In tribal cultures, a gift is given in the knowledge that it will keep being given and never be stagnant. Why do YOU give gifts and what is a true gift to you?

What do you think? Ruth Copland gets the views of people on the street for our Out and About feature. Join us on Saturday 8-9 PM! For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com 

Ehab Shanti Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 12th December 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Ehab Shanti, co-founder and CEO of Alhoush.com a physical and virtual expo of Arab art and design. Ehab has been referred to by Al-Quds Newspaper as “the dynamite of the artistic movement”. Passionate about art and design and their potential to play a profound role in overcoming life’s challenges, Ehab (and co-founder Rashid Abdelhamid) created Alhoush.com to empower the art and design community in the Arab world; to serve as a catalyst for creating an economy; and also to shed light on the innovation and tremendous achievements of Arab artists. A Canadian of Arab origin, Ehab is a communications expert with over 15 years of experience. He was the head of communications for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jerusalem and he says it was then that he saw “firsthand the power of art”. He helped to set up the UNDP Annual Art Auction and has gone on to organise numerous successful artistic and cultural events that have attracted international attention including This Is Also Gaza, featuring 40 Gazan painters, photographers, filmmakers and video artists; two shows called Colours of the Future, held in Amman and in Abu Dhabi, for Jordanian and Emirati artists respectively; and This Is Palestine, an ambitious project with 200 relatively unknown artists, emphasising cultural development and the power of art to transcend reality and create beauty even in situations of conflict and distress. Ehab completed most of his education in Canada and holds a Masters of Public Administration from Dalhousie University and several BA’s from Carleton University in Art History, Political Science, and Interdisciplinary Studies. He has extensive experience in communications and campaign organization and is the President and Founder of Amandla Group, which is a strategic communications consulting firm based in Amman and covering the Middle East and North Africa region. Ehab states “The role of art…is to create a different reality and that can change things and that is the philosophy behind what we are doing.”

Tune in Saturday 9-10 PM to find out more about the life and art of Ehab Shanti. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

‘Is Time Speeding Up?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 12th December

This Saturday 12th December 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Is Time Speeding Up?’ Many people, across all age groups, have a sense that time is passing by more quickly, that they can’t get as much done in the same amount of time any more. Why is this? The reasons given for time speeding up are usually perceptual. In an article for Quartz, Tony Crabbe comments “We haven’t always been obsessed with time. In fact, as the historian E.P. Thompson highlighted half a century ago, before the Industrial Revolution clocks were largely irrelevant. Instead of a time orientation, people had a task orientation. They had jobs to do, and so they did them in the natural order, at the natural time.” Factories needed to co-ordinate people more accurately, however, and so clock time was imposed on the workforce with leaders such as Benjamin Franklin reinforcing the new inextricable linking of time and money. Do we feel that time is speeding up because the link between time and money has become more pressured? Time is broken into tiny increments these days - research from Google observes that people visit websites less often if they are more than 250 milliseconds slower than a competitor. Could it be that the way we measure and monitor time makes it seem more fleeting? The digital age is putting more and more information our way. Could it feel as if time is speeding up because it is a finite resource with a seemingly infinite number of tasks trying to fit into it? Or is time actually speeding up? This has been speculated on by various alternative thinkers and also a few scientists open to considering that the speed of light may not be fixed. Clearly if we look at the history of science things that were once considered impossible later have been shown to be true. Is time speeding up?

What do you think? Ruth Copland gets the views of people on the street for our Out and About feature. Join us on Saturday 8-9 PM! For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com