Mariana Atencio – What makes you special?

When journalist Mariana Atencio was seven, her father sent her from her home in Venezuela to a summer camp in Brainerd, Minnesota. Unsurprisingly, she was treated like an outsider. Over the course of many more such camps and a senior year in an American high school, she discovered that the best way to belong was to embrace the qualities that made her different. In this deeply personal talk, Atencio describes how these early lessons helped her succeed as an immigrant and as a journalist.

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Cultivate inner peace

I may or may not have posted this in the past, so my apologies if you’re watching it a second time. But it’s a very actual theme. What matters more? Society’s approval or our own approval? I am often confronted with this. My choice is easy, it’s always my own approval. I have learned I cannot be happy unless I am completely at ease with everything. So I take decisions and act the way I think it best, not the way I should to fit other people’s standards. Continue reading “Cultivate inner peace”

Simone Giertz: Why you should make useless things

In this joyful, heartfelt talk featuring demos of her wonderfully wacky creations, Simone Giertz shares her craft: making useless robots. Her inventions — designed to chop vegetables, cut hair, apply lipstick and more — rarely (if ever) succeed, and that’s the point. “The true beauty of making useless things [is] this acknowledgment that you don’t always know what the best answer is,” Giertz says. “It turns off that voice in your head that tells you that you know exactly how the world works. Maybe a toothbrush helmet isn’t the answer, but at least you’re asking the question.”

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How To Keep Moving (Even When Not Motivated)

When you’re not feeling motivated, you can still achieve your goals. Click to watch the video 😉

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Chuck Nice: A funny look at the unintended consequences of technology

Technology should work for us, but what happens when it doesn’t? Comedian Chuck Nice explores the unintended consequences of technological advancement and human interaction — with hilarious results.

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Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. He calls out the two main offenders (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make the workplace actually work.

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Why did it happen to me?

Life is never about what we think we deserve, life is about learning what we need to learn.

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Why you should stop clicking on those pesky Whatsapp & Facebook Messenger videos

Like almost anything I write, this piece is also about real people and real happenings. Lately, I am bombarded with Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger videos. On Women’s Day only I received about 20. This time last year, people still used that awkward tag thing which included you along tens of others. It wasn’t so personal, but it wasn’t so disturbing either. Now they feel the imperative need to get more personal, and send generic videos or pics to all of their contacts. It’s the same impersonal thing, just dressed up another way.

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Musimbi Kanyoro: To solve the world’s biggest problems, invest in women and girls

As CEO of the Global Fund for Women, Musimbi Kanyoro works to support women and their ideas so they can expand and grow. She introduces us to the Maragoli concept of “isirika” — a pragmatic way of life that embraces the mutual responsibility to care for one another — something she sees women practicing all over the world. And she calls for those who have more to give more to people working to improve their communities. “Imagine what it would look like if you embraced isirika and made it your default,” Kanyoro says. “What could we achieve for each other? For humanity?” Let’s find out – together.

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How to have less stress

Training is a matter of repetition, of practice. We train ourselves to be better at something – whether it’s communication or love or anger stress – because ultimately, it’s not about the external circumstances being ideal but about our skills of managing something when it’s not ideal.

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