Jacques Cousteau lived underwater for 30 days in a labratory on the floor of the red sea in 1963. This summer his grandson, Fabien Cousteau broke Jacques’ record and did 31 days in an underwater research lab nine miles off Florida. Fabien shares his research into how climate change and pollution are affecting the oceans, and speaks about his underwater adventure.
Why is exercise harder for some people? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis tells us that it’s all about our vision – and has the research to back it up. When it comes to fitness, Emily tells us how people see the world differently and presents a solution to overcome it.
Bertrand Piccard offers us the challenge of finding motivation in what seems impossible. He shares his plans and goal to fly around the world (day and night) in a solar powered aircraft.
The legendary Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii – a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and then a full-length marathon on hot, dry ground — with no breaks in between has become a bucket list goal for champion athletes. When Minda Dentler decided to take it on, she had bigger aspirations than just another medal around her neck. She tells the story of how she took on the race, and what it inspired her to do next.
Meet Ann Morgan, who set herself the challenge of reading a book from every single country in the world over the course of a year. After realising that the majority of her books were by English and American authors, she decided to explore beyond the English speaking world, reading translated works and uncovering foreign literary gems. Check out interactive maps of her reading journey here.
For Lewis Pugh, swimming the North Pole wasn’t enough. After vowing he would never take on another cold water dip, he found out about Lake Pumori, a lake at 5300m on Everest, and Lake Imja, a lake created by glacial melting. Lewis began a new radical journey to take them on, encompassing a new approach to swimming and climate change.
Meet Richard Browning, the guy who has made a flying suit that merges the body, the mind and technology. It brings all our science fiction and flying dreams to life! Learn about his invention, the creation process and watch Browning demo the suit.
We are big believers in lifelong learning its the best way to keep the brain active! But sometimes its a bit of a slog so how do you stay engaged to learn more? It turns out that there are some very simple tricks that we can use to keep us from burning out and keep us fresh for our next challenge.
Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning
Ramsey Musallam is a chemistry teacher from San Francisco. After a life-threatening illness changed his whole perspective he decided that there must be a better way to teach than just regurgitating facts. So he’s come up with 3 simple rules to help keep the brain engaged. These rules help spark communication, imagination and learning. In this funny and personal talk, he simply lays out these rules so we can all take advantage and become better learners.
Yes is a powerful word it can literally change your world. From marriage proposals to going on holiday, this little word certainly packs a lot of power! Sometimes though we can get stuck in a rut telling ourselves we are too busy to do anything but work. So how do we break the habit of saying no to every new opportunity that crosses our path? Well, there’s one simple thing we can do to combat this and its to say yes to everything!
Saying yes can really change everything
That’s exactly what Shonda Rhimes has done for an entire year! She’s no stranger to pressure being a showrunner for hits shows such as How to Get Away With Murder, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. In this talk, she tells us the power of saying yes and how it can change and improve your life!
Time is our greatest resource. But it’s something that all of us never seem to have enough of. We’re big believers that we tell our selves how busy we are and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. But how do we break that cycle?
There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most?
Laura Vanderkam is a time management expert and makes sure that she makes the most out of every single day. She shows us that we all overestimate how busy we actually are making us stressed and unhappy for no reason. One of her most surprising revelations is: we retroactively overestimate the amount of time spent stressing about work while underestimating our available downtime. So we spend the little time we have to enjoy ourselves worrying that we should be working more. This is something we believe all of us do and get ourselves stuck in a rut.
In this talk, she gives us useful and practical ways to make the most of the little time we have.