TEDxBristol is a long way off, but there’s no better time of the year to start looking ahead than January. Especially given the coming inauguration of President Trump, now seems like a good time to remind ourselves of the goodness in humanity. So to quell your January blues, or political worries, here’s a little selection of TED talks that made us stop and smile.

 

1. What reality are you creating for yourself?
Reality isn’t something you perceive; it’s something you create in your mind. Isaac Lidsky learned this lesson when he gradually began to lose his sight. In this inspiring, personal talk, he made me think about letting go of excuses, assumptions and fears. What an extraordinary man!
2. An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter
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Born out of a social media post, the Black Lives Matter movement has caused discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this fantastic conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement’s founders share what they’ve learned about leadership and what gives them hope and inspiration in the face of what’s ahead this year. What’s their advice? Join something, start something and “sharpen each other, so that we all can rise.”
 3. Five ways to lead in an era of constant change
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Who says change needs to be hard? Organisational change expert Jim Hemerling thinks adapting a business in today’s constantly-evolving world can be easy instead of exhausting. He gives five tips, mostly about putting people first, for spinning gold out of tough times.
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