Inspirational Talks

What I learned from 100 days of rejection |Jia Jiang|

The power of vulnerability |Brene Brown|

The art of asking |Amanda Palmer|

Jia Jiang adventures boldly into a territory so many of us fear: rejection. By seeking out rejection for 100 days — from asking a stranger to borrow $100 to requesting a “burger refill” at a restaurant — Jiang desensitized himself to the pain and shame that rejection often brings and, in the process, discovered that simply asking for what you want can open up possibilities where you expect to find dead ends.

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

Don’t make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.

Motivate yourself with visions, goals and willpower |Hugo Kehr|

The magic of not giving a f*** |Sarah Knight|

The happy secret to better work |Shawn Achor|

Why do we sometimes have a hard time reaching our goals? What to do when we’re about to give in to temptation? How can we achieve what we set out to do without feeling like we have to convince ourselves to get to work? The key is motivation: with his straightforward 3-component model, Hugo Kehr teaches us how to check what drives us to pursue a particular goal, and how to find appropriate support to reach it while feeling happy.

Warning: Strong Language

The bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together, Sarah Knight, outlines her “NotSorry Method” to stop spending time you don’t have doing things you don’t want to do in her humorous talk.

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.

Night Guy, Morning Guy, Day Guy |Seinfeld|

Life Is Easy. Why So We Make It So Hard? |Jon Jandai|

They told me to change my clothes. I changed the law instead |Gina Martin|

Listen to Jerry Seinfeld’s funny skit about how “Night Guy” doesn’t care about “Morning Guy”, explaining why sometimes our current choices don’t support our future success.

Jon is a farmer from northeastern Thailand. He founded the Pun Pun Center for Self-reliance, an organic farm outside Chiang Mai, with his wife Peggy Reents in 2003. Pun Pun doubles as a center for sustainable living and seed production, aiming to bring indigenous and rare seeds back into use. It regularly hosts training on simple techniques to live more sustainably. Outside of Pun Pun, Jon is a leader in bringing the natural building movement to Thailand, appearing as a spokesperson on dozens of publications and TV programs for the past 10 years. He continually strives to find easier ways for people to fulfill their basic needs. For more information visit http://www.punpunthailand.org

At the British Summer Time Festival in 2017, a man placed a phone between Gina Martin’s legs, took photos just inches away from her crotch and proceeded to share these images with his friends. Angered by a lack of response from the authorities, Gina took to social media to document her experience creating viral posts and an online petition receiving 50,000 signatures with cross-party support. As a political novice from a working-class background, it took years of juggling politics and activism, before Gina was finally successful in adding upskirting to the Sexual Offences Act 2003.