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By the time Chris Abani became a teenager, he had experienced humanity in different ways: from running around with an inflatable sheep, killing his first goat, translating for his mother as she was educating Igbo women about menstruation, to watching her cry at the kindness of strangers. Humanity is the ability and willingness to connect to others around us, shared through the powerful medium of experience conveyed via stories.Click here to learn more.
Challenging the way conventional stories are told, Chris Abani differentiates the way an audience receives a story versus a narrative, and how an audience members imagination plays a critical role in educating him/herself about a foreign culture.Click here to learn more.
Visiting the slums of the world often educates the rich about poverty as a far-removed concept, or does it? Kennedy Odde highlights the social and economic costs of slum tourism where poverty can become a perverse spectacle for the rich observing the poor.Click here to learn more.
For most of us, being daring means trying a new food, or going for a long hike. But what about quitting your job—forever? In this fascinating talk, couple Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll talk about what it was like to make their “what if?” statement—on quitting their jobs and starting up a travel blog—a reality. A great watch for those wanting to step out of their comfort zones a little.Click here to learn more.
India is known by many as a bustling, chaotic place. But stereotypes, by their own definition, do not always hold up to reality. In this passionate talk, Devdutt Pattanaik speaks to outsiders’ views of India, defending his country’s “chaos” as simply a manifestation of diversity. His talk highlights the importance of looking past appearances to the often more complex realities beneath.Click here to learn more.
Ever wondered why we often fail despite striving for the causes that matter most to us? Join Khalida Brohi as she re-discovered her personal motivations to protect women from honour killings* and the different strategies she used once she started paying attention to all the stake-holders in her community.
*Honour killing is a custom in which one member of the family, who is suspected to have relationships before or during marriage, is killed by their family for it.Click here to learn more.
“Confidence matters,” say Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, two authors of the book Womenomics. The “confidence gap” is, they believe, the tendency for some women to underemphasise their qualifications and skills—a significant problem for those in the workforce. Kay and Shipman’s research suggests that improving how women portray their competences may just be the key for closing this so-called “gap,” finally creating a level playing field for both genders.Click here to learn more.
Some conversations are difficult to approach because of the fear of how the other party might receive what is being said. Here are some strategies on how to make such conversations easier.Click here to learn more.