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IWD 2020 - An Equal World Is An Enabled World

Posted on 09 March 2020

In the spirit of celebrating our sisters and fellow amazing women on International Women's Day, we've created a new selection of TED Talks by women that inspire us.

Pour yourself a glass of wine (or bullet proof coffee) put your feet up and let these talks make you laugh, inspire courage, touch your hearts and fire you up, as much as they did for us. #EachForEqual

1. On Shame: Give Yourself a Break Sometimes

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

 

2. On the Genius of Creativity: If you're a tortured artist, you'll love this!

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

3. On Having Hard Conversations: Courageous and so funny.

In this touching talk, Ash Beckham offers a fresh approach to empathy and openness. It starts with understanding that everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced hardship. The only way out, says Beckham, is to open the door and step out of your closet.

4. On Global Warming and Women's Role

If we really want to address climate change, we need to make gender equity a reality, says writer and environmentalist Katharine Wilkinson. As part of Project Drawdown, Wilkinson has helped scour humanity's wisdom for solutions to draw down heat-trapping, climate-changing emissions: obvious things like renewable energy and sustainable diets and not so obvious ones, like the education and empowerment of women. In this informative, bold talk, she shares three key ways that equity for women and girls can help stop global warming. "Drawing down emissions depends on rising up," Wilkinson says.

 

5. On Tales of Passion: "Only a fearless and determined heart will get the gold."

Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism — and, of course, passion.

6. On Facing Cultural Rigidity: How to transform shit into fuel.

Professional Arab women juggle more responsibilities than their male counterparts, and they face more cultural rigidity than Western women. What can their success teach us about tenacity, competition, priorities and progress? Tracing her career as an engineer, advocate and mother in Abu Dhabi, Leila Hoteit shares three lessons for thriving in the modern world.

7. On Making Your Own Rules: Building magical bamboo houses in Bali

You've never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination. "We have had to invent our own rules," she says.

8. On Education: How could we forget the first lady?

Speaking to an audience of students, US First Lady Michelle Obama reminds each one to take their education seriously — and never take it for granted. This new, brilliant generation, she tells us, is the one that could close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.

9. On The Power of Women's Anger.

Anger is a powerful emotion -- it warns us of threat, insult, indignity and harm. But across the world, girls and women are taught that their anger is better left unvoiced, says author Soraya Chemaly. Why is that, and what might we lose in this silence? In a provocative, thoughtful talk, Chemaly explores the dangerous lie that anger isn't feminine, showing how women's rage is justified, healthy and a potential catalyst for change.

10. A TEDx Talk by our Founder, Michelle on how travel inspired her to start MISCHA.

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