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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.
“People matter,” says leadership speaker Bill Strickland in a recent keynote. “People are assets, not liabilities…[and] it is all in the way that you treat people that drives performance and drives behavior.”
Siddhartha Deb’s The Beautiful and the Damned: Life in the New India is an eye-opening look at 21st century India. In this talk he recently delivered in Pakistan, Deb shares his experiences researching the book, and explores the transformative power of participatory journalism.
As human rights speaker Kenji Yoshino argues in this moving keynote, minority groups living in the United States are being forced to “cover” a specific part of their personality in order to fit in and get ahead.
“When people say, ‘I don’t get art. I don’t get it all,’ that means art is working,” says John Maeda, design speaker and President of the Rhode Island School of Design in his latest TED Talk. “Art is supposed to be enigmatic…art is about asking questions — questions that might not be answerable.”
Here’s Kal Penn, the actor-turned-White-House-staffer, delivering his opening talk at the Democratic National Convention. Combining his trademark humor with infectious optimism, Penn’s main message was simple—that everyone, regardless of political alignment, needs to get out and vote.