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Inspiration

We love to deepen our knowledge and challenge our own thinking. Thankfully, our connected world makes it so much easier to find great content, whether it's a thought provoking book, an inspiring TED talk, some ground-breaking research or a blog that challenges convention. Occasionally something catches our attention and so we've included below a selection of our favourites.

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Dan Ariely

Bill Gates: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

Covid-19 has taken our attention for the past 18 months, rightly so, and now we need to turn our attention back to our next existential challenge, our climate and reducing emissions. This excellent book gives us cause for optimism that many of the solutions we need are within our reach. Read more

By Applied Change

Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson – Do Schools Kill Creativity

As we move into an era of robots and learning computers we're starting to ask fundamental questions about the role humans will play and what the world of work is likely to look like. Characteristically funny, insightful and emotional the late Sir Ken Robinson opens our eyes to a broader view of intelligence, maybe better suited to what lies ahead.  Read more

By Applied Change

Satya Nadella – Hit Refresh

Think that some organisations are too big or too well established to change? Think again. Satya Nadella and the team at Microsoft of proven otherwise. Read more

By Mark Vincent

The importance of meaning
Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert – Why we make bad decisions

We go through life thinking we're acting logically and based on the information presented to us. In this funny TED talk Dan Gilbert shows us just how easily our judgement is distorted and that leads us to making decisions sometimes that are not as good as we think they are. Read more

By Applied Change

Professor Steve Peters – The Chimp Paradox

We love this book because it goes a long way towards explaining why our actions and behaviours often don't live up to our good intentions. The recognition that different parts of our brain are operating simultaneously at any given moment, often in competition with each other, helps us to see our own emotions and behaviours and those of others around us in a whole new light. In our view this is essential reading for anyone who is looking to influence human behaviour or understand their own. For those who want a quick intro, the link will take you to his TED talk.  Read more

By Applied Change

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

In this excellent and funny TED short TED video Derek Sivers shows how a movement can be created. Worth keeping in mind when we're trying to energise a change and it helps to explain how one person can trigger a global phenomenon. Whenever we think we're too small or insignificant to make a change, it's also worth remembering there are plenty of historical examples to inspire us such as Rosa Parks, Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela and, more recently, Greta Thunberg to name just a few.   Read more

By Applied Change