Identity: Created or Inherited

Mohammed Nazari spent his childhood and early adult life searching for the feeling of belonging. This search has led him to wonder about the connection place has with identity and who we are as humans. His talk examines all of the ways in which identity can be influenced and the connections that can be made when we work to accept each other.

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Are you too sensitive? Should you change?

In a culture that is fast-based, overwhelming and impersonal, sensitivity can be confused with weakness. Dr. Azab clears up this confusion and offers hope for the 20% who are highly sensitive and the remaining 80% who share the world with them. She takes you inside the mind of sensitive people by clarifying how their nervous systems might work differently than others. She also convincingly answers the following questions: does high sensitivity predispose sensitive people to psychological problems? Are there any positive qualities related to this trait? And how to make the most out of high sensitivity?

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The Validation Paradox: Finding Your Best Through Others

Are you living a life of awe? According to speaker and author Jeffrey Shaw, you can be—but not if you’re trying to go it alone. He uses the African concept of Ubuntu to illuminate the Validation Paradox: we need others to reach our full potential. “When we dream alone, even our biggest goals are too small,” says Shaw. We all have closets to come out of—ways that we’re bigger than we let on; to break free of limiting expectations we have to let others see us for all we are.

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Your Reality Might Not be Mine: Sensory Perception and Empathy

. In this talk, Poppy shares how finding these empathetic opportunities every day can make us more human. By challenging our assumptions about why someone else might have a different world view, sensory empathy can inspire innovations and human connections we might otherwise never have found. She raises immersive technologies as a real link between each of our unique sensory perceptions where art, empathetic innovation, and the best of shared human understanding combine.

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What do others think of you? How the brain perceives other people

How do we read and understand other people? We cannot look into the head of other people. Still, almost every day we successfully interact with other people. Our brain is specialized in perceiving "social cues", and almost automatically perceives basic information about other people, such as age, gender, or ethnicity. How does our brain manage to do this? Is it possible to accurately predict the social behavior of other people? Do we perceive the actions of other people differently in other cultures?

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Cultural difference in business

One of the elements of the cultural difference between Europe and China is the importance that is given to relationships. In the West you would assume the importance to be the same, but there is a significant distinction. In China connections with the right people help you to get things done, to survive and to succeed. Whereas in the West content is predominant, in China the way people interact with each other strongly influences the working environment. 'Face' and long-term effects are taken into consideration.

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How Social Media Shapes Identity

With the proliferation of social media, we are increasingly engaged in identity work, that is, the forming, repairing, maintaining and revising our sense of self-worth and personal significance. The key question that this talk will seek to answer is "how are social media shaping our identities, that is, who we are and who we can become?"

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Cultural Humility

The current state of affairs relative to social justice issues (race, gender, sexual identity and expression, religion, and socio-economic status) shows us that the need for diversity and inclusion in our society is greater than ever. The diversity and inclusion concept of cultural humility is a current instrument being employed by institutions and organizations that seek to achieve cultural transformation.

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Using diplomacy to protect children

Peace and conflict is the foundation for daily societal challenges in the modern world. Every civilisation from the past and present have had its beak touched by conflict and war, and faced challenges in securing peace. In many ways, conflict is inherently a fabric within human nature. As long as human beings roam the world, disagreements and conflict will always arise.

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Using EI in conflicts and negotiations

Former American ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr recognised that traditional diplomacy and sanctions have only caused countries entrenchments and adversarial positions, while “mindfulness” (the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something) should be a core concept within diplomacy, but currently lacking in practice. While mindfulness seems to be different from EI, one cannot be emotionally intelligent without being mindful.

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Top Meditation Apps for Diplomats

Engaging as a diplomat can require a significant amount of mental strength due to the high level of international responsibility. The stakes are often very high -- remember the Cuban Missile Crisis? The world stood one step away from a nuclear war. Our world today could be a portrait of the movie “The Day After” from 1983. This situation may seem fictional but this is because of the work done behind the scenes by diplomats, managing crisis and coming to agreements to keep the balance of power.

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How to join the Foreign Service

The Foreign Service is the home of all diplomats. No matter which country you serve, the Foreign Service is the government department concerned with the representation of a country abroad. As a diplomat, the Foreign Service is your house, your headquarters, your boss and your future. Joining the Foreign Service is the most traditional route to becoming a diplomat.

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