“We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.” ~Albert Einstein
“Empathy is really important, and I think only when our clever brain and our human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our full potential.” ~Jane Goodall
What do the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbechev, Malala Yousafzai, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Desmond Tutu, Lech Walesa & Jane Goodall all have in common? Besides the fact that most of them were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, I believe they exemplify how wise and compassionate people inspire others to come together to change the world in positive ways.
Here below are 20 videos with interviews and short speeches from the people mentioned above, and others. While many world leaders focus on maintaining or expanding power, these unselfish thinkers have demonstrated how wisdom can be applied creatively and effectively, providing peaceful solutions to the complex problems that exist in our world.
I believe that their success and influence shows how humanity’s greatest challenges can be solved if we just 1) take the time to deeply understand the root causes of problems, 2) truly care about all living beings who are suffering, and then, 3) collaborate creatively with others to act upon our deeper understandings with patience, tolerance, integrity, unselfish compassion and courage.
The Dalai Lama – “The Whole World is One”
Lech Walesa – In this new era the world needs to work together
Nobel winner Desmond Tutu speaking about leadership
Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Prize speech (Japanese subtitles)
Mikhail Gorbechev – We need a new economic model respecting people & nature
12 Year old Severn Suzuki speech on ecology, in Rio, 1992
Jane Goodall – Animals are Living Beings Too
Tawakkul Karman (Nobel prize, 2011) The Peaceful Revolution of Youth
David Bohm speaks of Wholeness & Fragmentation
David Suzuki – Human Beings are a Force of Nature
Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee’s Powerful TED talk
Alan Watts – What is Wrong with our Culture?
Charlie Chaplin’s Speech in the Great Dictator (Japanese subtitles)
Ken Robinson – Educational systems need to be transformed, respecting learners
Nobel Prize winner Mohammed Yunus speaking on poverty
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize speech
May El-Khalil describes how a marathon brought peace to Lebanon
Zak Ebriham, son of a terrorist, shares why he chose peace
Daphne Sheldrick – Helps Return Elephants to the Wild
Richard Feynman describes how science sees the beauty of a flower
“As man becomes conscious of the stupendous laws that govern the universe in perfect harmony, he begins to realize how small he is. He sees the pettiness of human existence, with its ambitions and intrigues, its ‘I am better than thou’ creed. This is the beginning of cosmic religion within him; fellowship and human service become his moral code. Without such moral foundations, we are hopelessly doomed. If we want to improve the world we cannot do it with scientific knowledge but with ideals. Confucius, Buddha, Jesus and Gandhi have done more for humanity than science has done. We must begin with the heart of man—with his conscience—and the values of conscience can only be manifested by selfless service to mankind.”