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“Every woman in this room is powerful and every man in this room is powerful too,” Jessica Jackley says in a keynote at the One Young World Summit 2012, “[and] we have to be careful because sometimes that power goes unused.” This is especially true, she says, if you don’t believe in yourself and don’t believe in the potential of others. As the co-founder of the micro-loaning website KIVA explains, you can have the best ideas and tools at your disposal—but none of that matters in you don’t believe that you have the potential to make a change.
Neil Pasricha can add another “awesome” thing to his Book of Awesome: having his TEDx talk ranked among the top 20 most popular of all time. His feel-good talk, called The Three A’s of Awesome, comes in at number 11 on the list with a whopping 1,455,980 views. Pasricha is in good company, with the likes Jane Fonda and popular human interactions specialist Brené Brown rounding out the list.
Using his trademark compilations of everyday things that bring extraordinary joy (like hitting a string of green lights in a row or having a blanket thrown on you before you fall asleep), Pasricha speaks to the importance of small pleasures in our often overwhelming world. We can use these happy, little events to live our lives to the fullest, says Pasricha—but only if we stop to savour them. Drawing from his massively popular blog, 1000 Awesome Things (which has been featured in media outlets such as CNN and The New Yorker) andhis international bestselling book, TheBook of Awesome, he delivers heartwarming keynotes on how to change your perspective on life. Further, he helps people in all industries and walks of life bring awesome principles to their day-to-day life, helping audiences embrace the awesome both at work and at home.
Here’s our new exclusive speaker, Arthur Fleischmann, at Lavin’s Toronto offices to discuss his national bestseller, Carly’s Voice—a memoir co-written with his daughter Carly which chronicles her exceptional experiences in living with severe non-verbal autism. The “voice” in the title refers to Carly’s ability to communicate through typing and on social media, where she has thousands of followers and friends.
Yvonne Camus may be the best—and certainly the most motivational—speaker you’ve never heard of. Here she is talking about teamwork, “heated arguments,” and why arguing takes a tremendous amount of physical energy—so why do it?