This Country isn't just carbon neutral, it's carbon negative. - Tshering Tobgay
In this illuminating talk, Bhutan's Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay shares his country's mission to put happiness before economic growth and set a world standard for environmental preservation.
"So our economy is small, but here is where it gets interesting. Education is completely free. All citizens are guaranteed free school education, and those that work hard are given free college education. Healthcare is also completely free. Medical consultation, medical treatment, medicines: they are all provided by the state. We manage this because we use our limited resources very carefully, and because we stay faithful to the core mission of GNH, which is development with values. Our economy is small, and we must strengthen it. Economic growth is important, but that economic growth must not come from undermining our unique culture or our pristine environment."
From what we've gathered - The nation of Bhutan is often overlooked by the international community. This small giant of country who lies deep within the Himalayas between two of the most populated countries on the planet China and India, is setting a very impressive environmental benchmark. Bhutan is not merely carbon neutral, it’s also a carbon sink—making it one of the few countries in the world to have negative carbon emissions. It's not the size that matters, be change you want to be!
The History of Our World in 18 Minutes. - David Christian
Historian David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.
"Now, we, as extremely complex creatures, desperately need to know this story of how the universe creates complexity despite the second law, and why complexity means vulnerability and fragility. And that's the story that we tell in big history. But to do it, you have do something that may, at first sight, seem completely impossible. You have to survey the whole history of the universe. So let's do it."
From what we've gathered - Watching David's presentation is kind of like reading the book Short History of Nearly Everything (which we yet to finish, and book is now somewhere buried amongst other book friends of ours). How old is the earth? How old is the universe? if these are the sorts of questions you've been itching to know (shouldn't we all?) save yourself some time and go over this quick run down on how the world became all in 18 minutes. A great conversational starter at dinner parties, really.
5 Ways to Kill or Not to Kill Your Dreams. - Bel Pesce
A helpful reminder not only that we need dreamers more than ever, but that there are some sure-fire ways to kill, or keep alive, our dreams. Much of this short talk is not new, reminding us that there is no substitute for hard work and of the absolute necessity to take responsibility for our dreams.
"Your journey is simple -- it's made of steps. Some steps will be right on. Sometimes you will trip. If it's right on, celebrate, because some people wait a lot to celebrate. And if you tripped, turn that into something to learn. If every step becomes something to learn or something to celebrate, you will for sure enjoy the journey."
From what we've gathered - Ways to destroy your dreams; Believe in overnight success. Believe that someone else has the answers for you. Believing the fault is someone else's.
Listening to Shame. - Brene Brown
How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?
"If we're going to find our way back to each other, vulnerability is going to be that path. And I know it's seductive to stand outside the arena, because I think I did it my whole life, and think to myself, I'm going to go in there and kick some ass when I'm bulletproof and when I'm perfect. And that is seductive. But the truth is, that never happens. And even if you got as perfect as you could and as bulletproof as you could possibly muster when you got in there, that's not what we want to see. We want you to go in. We want to be with you and across from you. And we just want, for ourselves and the people we care about and the people we work with, to dare greatly."
From what we've gathered - professor Brené Brown reveals how shame can stand in the way of engaging in healthy, nurturing relationships. She engages humor and storytelling to help you understand the freedom that can be yours if you learn to release yourself from the shame that binds you.
The Happy Secret to Better Work. - Shawn Actor
"Every time your brain has a success, you just changed the goalpost of what success looked like. You got good grades, now you have to get better grades, you got into a good school and after you get into a better one, you got a good job, now you have to get a better job, you hit your sales target, we're going to change it. And if happiness is on the opposite side of success, your brain never gets there. We've pushed happiness over the cognitive horizon, as a society. And that's because we think we have to be successful, then we'll be happier.
But our brains work in the opposite order. If you can raise somebody's level of positivity in the present, then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage, which is your brain at positive performs significantly better than at negative, neutral or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise. In fact, we've found that every single business outcome improves. Your brain at positive is 31% more productive than your brain at negative, neutral or stressed. You're 37% better at sales. Doctors are 19 percent faster, more accurate at coming up with the correct diagnosis when positive instead of negative, neutral or stressed."
From what we've gathered
We've found there are ways that you can train your brain to be able to become more positive. In just a two-minute span of time done for 21 days in a row, we can actually rewire your brain, allowing your brain to actually work more optimistically and more successfully. We've done these things in research now in every company that I've worked with, getting them to write down three new things that they're grateful for for 21 days in a row, three new things each day. And at the end of that, their brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.
Journaling about one positive experience you've had over the past 24 hours allows your brain to relive it. Exercise teaches your brain that your behavior matters. We find that meditation allows your brain to get over the cultural ADHD that we've been creating by trying to do multiple tasks at once and allows our brains to focus on the task at hand. And finally, random acts of kindness are conscious acts of kindness. We get people, when they open up their inbox, to write one positive email praising or thanking somebody in their support network.
Teach Every Child About Food - Jamie Olivers
"Now, the reality is, the food that your kids get every day is fast food, it's highly processed, there's not enough fresh food in there at all. You know, the amount of additives, E numbers, ingredients you wouldn't believe -- there's not enough veggies at all. French fries are considered a vegetable. Pizza for breakfast. They don't even get crockery. Knives and forks? No, they're too dangerous. They have scissors in the classroom, but knives and forks? No. And the way I look at it is: If you don't have knives and forks in your school, you're purely endorsing, from a state level, fast food, because it's handheld. And yes, by the way, it is fast food: It's sloppy Joes, it's burgers, it's wieners, it's pizzas, it's all of that stuff."
From what we've gathered - We as humans are consuming more than ever, yet we're also more distant to our food. It has become a norm to have meal come in prepackaged plastic made made from factories with a business model on making food as fast a possible with the cheapest raw ingredients with synthetics to substitute. This is straining the world with health problems. In a world where instant processed everything is encouraged as the best solution. It's best we start instilling good habits from young, cooking shouldn't be looked as an obstacle and should be looked at an enjoyable activity.