Thank you Johan Cruijff

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Today, one of the most legendary Dutch icons passed away. Leadership & unique talent. Any text would be way too short. Watch this video, presented by FC Barcelona and remember Johan Cruijff.


What do you think when you look at me?

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When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: a woman of faith? a scholar, a mom, a sister? or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? In this personal, powerful talk, Mogahed asks us, in this polarizing time, to fight negative perceptions of her faith in the media — and to choose empathy […]


The happy secret to better work

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We sometimes believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. Shawn Achor is the CEO of Good Think Inc., where he researches and teaches about positive psychology.


What makes a good life?

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What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares […]


How to make a profit while making a difference

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Can global capital markets become catalysts for social change? According to investment expert Audrey Choi, individuals own almost half of all global capital, giving them (us!) the power to make a difference by investing in companies that champion social values and sustainability. “We have more opportunity today than ever before to make choices,” she says. […]


Government – investor, risk-taker, innovator

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Why doesn’t the government just get out of the way and let the private sector — the “real revolutionaries” — innovate? It’s rhetoric you hear everywhere, and Mariana Mazzucato wants to dispel it. In an energetic talk, she shows how the state — which many see as a slow, hunkering behemoth — is really one […]


Your body language shapes who you are

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Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our […]


5 ways to kill your dreams

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All of us want to invent that game-changing product, launch that successful company, write that best-selling book. And yet so few of us actually do it. Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce breaks down five easy-to-believe myths that ensure your dream projects will never come to fruition.


The mathematics of love

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Finding the right mate is no cakewalk — but is it even mathematically likely? In a charming talk, mathematician Hannah Fry shows patterns in how we look for love, and gives her top three tips (verified by math!) for finding that special someone.


What it takes to be a great leader

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There are many leadership programs available today, from 1-day workshops to corporate training programs. But chances are, these won’t really help. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the […]


How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are

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Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he’s met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to […]


Why good leaders make you feel safe

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What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.

Louie Schwartzberg

Hidden miracles of the natural world

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We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D […]

What if money was no object

What if money was no object?

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Ask yourself. What would you do with your life if money was no object? An amazing lecture from the late Alan Watts. What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situaion would you like?

Claire Boonstra at TEDx Amsterdam Education 2012

Claire Boonstra at TEDx Amsterdam Education

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“Would you still be able to pass your high school exams? Would you still know enough to pass your first year at University?” Claire Boonstra claims that what we learn at school and university has almost no connection or relevance to what we need to be equipped with in the real world; namely, the ability to take […]

Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

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Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks– including death itself– at Stanford University’s 114th Commencement on Sunday in Stanford Stadium. As CEO of […]

David Ogilvy, We sell or else

David Ogilvy: We sell or else

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Renowned Advertising guru David Ogilvy gives a brief speech on the importance of direct marketing. After just a few months in advertising, Ogilvy took the discipline in a whole new direction. A man walked into Ogilvy’s London agency wanting to advertise the opening of his hotel. Since he had just $500 he was turned to […]