Become a
Friend of Aeon

Ideas can change the world

Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview.
But we can’t do it without you.

Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview. Our mission is to create a sanctuary online for serious thinking.

No ads, no paywall, no clickbait – just thought-provoking ideas from the world’s leading thinkers, free to all. But we can’t do it without you.

Become a Friend for $5 a month or make a one-off donation

The painter of Jalouzi

6 minutes

How a massive painting project is transforming a Haitian slum through colour

Once a collection of gray cinderblocks clinging to a mountainside, Jalousie (also spelled Jalouzi), a hillside slum of about 45,000 inhabitants in the city of Port-au-Prince on Haiti is being transformed into a bright and variegated zone. Launched in 2013, the $1.4 million project ‘Beauty versus Poverty: Jalousie in Colours’ began as response to Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 230,000 people. When government funding for the project dried up, the local painter Duval Pierre made it his own, training and recruiting local children to help finish the job.

Director: David Darg, Bryn Mooser

Website: RYOT

Video/History

An African-American revolutionary and fugitive reflects on decades of exile in Cuba

13 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/History of Ideas

Can the problem of induction save Anthony’s dismal dating life?

6 minutes

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

Essay/Rituals & Celebrations

Mrs Myself

Self-marriage promises love and fulfilment – but is it a radical act or a depressing concession to self-absorption?

Polina Aronson

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Idea/Race

How ‘white people’ were invented by a playwright in 1613

Ed Simon

Essay/History

Les Anglo-Saxons

Not just American or British, the Anglo-Saxon is a mirror to Frenchness: the country’s alter-ego and most feared enemy

Emile Chabal

Video/Law & Justice

What is Mother’s Day to a child whose mother is in prison?

8 minutes

Idea/Cities

This striking feature of Manila makes it an emblematic global city

Nancy Kwak