1. Candy Chang – Before I Die I want to…
Following the death of someone close to her, Candy Chang took the side of an abandoned building in New Orleans and created an interactive wall, posing the same fill in the blank sentence. “Before I Die______” is now a global project, revealing what really matters to us, exploring shared spaces, time and the relationships with other people, “In our age of increasing distractions it’s more important than ever to find ways to maintain perspectives and remember that life is brief and tender”.
2. Brené Brown – Listening to Shame
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown delivers a funny and honest portrayal of confronting shame head on. Vulnerability is not weakness, but an accurate measurement of courage, of being seen, of being honest, “vulnerability is the birth place of creativity, innovation and change”.
3. Christiaan Triebert – The Beauty of Random Acts of Kindness
Christiaan Triebert is a student in International Relations. Studying war and conflict, reading out it, and seeing it on TV, he says it’s not hard to become pessimistic about the state of the world. But, he says that recklessly surrendering himself to the kindness of man when hitch hiking the world has taught him how to be in the world, “how can I judge a person when I don’t listen. Everyone has a story worth sharing and listening to. And I realised with anyone a connection and communication from heart to heart is possible”.
4. Adi Jaffe – Rebranding our Shame
Adi Jaffe is not who you think, but so much more. His talk is one that guides you through shaking off the addiction and mental health labels, the great bastions of shame, and how labels are not about people but concepts, “I’m not trying to say we should completely eliminate labels, no. We need labels to help us understand the world but we have to start getting comfortable with a much more nuanced and complex version of these labels. It is up to us to introduce the people who have been labelled and stop considering them dysfunctional”.
5. Chimanda Ngozi Adichie – The Danger of the Single Story
Slightly different video, but here novelist Chimanda Adichie talks about our lives and our cultures are composed of many overlapping stories. She tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice – and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.