Fresh inspiration from TEDxEutropolis


Saterday February 4th - Outside the streets, the houses, the trees, the world is covered with a carpet of white snow. I imagine how each snowflake could be a spark of something new, a materialization of each idea that is hanging in the air here at the Muziekodroom. Today I am at TEDxEutropolis in Hasselt. Together with a nice international crowd, ready to be inspired. Let me share with you some of the good vibrations that are hanging in the air this morning.

Prof. David Venter, co-founder and Director of the Global Negotiation Academy, advisor of Nelson Mandela, lecturer at the Havard University and the MIT business school and professor at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, made a beautiful contribute to Nobel prize winner Nelson Mandela in his presentation on negotiaton, reconcilation or recrimination. Nelson Mandela once said: "If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness." Looking at conflicts worldwide goodness and forgiveness are the two words that can lead to a better world. If we speak of goodness we have to think of optimism, courage, humility, empathy and respect. Forgiveness is all about kindness and generosity, respect and moral role model. I truly believe as innovators, creatives and business people we can all use this in our own professional and personal life. Just think how you could start practicing this.

Arnoud Raskin connects his 15 year experience with homeless children and living on the street with social-economic trends. According to Arnoud we need ‘Happy Streetwise people’. Instead of constantly speaking about crisis and constant change, we need to get into a positive flow and act pro-actively. Therefore we need to: 1. get clear view about our needs, expectations and whishes. 2. question our experience. 3. focus more on skills, talents and identity of people.

Bert Corsius left us with only one question: "What makes your soul smile." Probably the most important question ever. So take a minute to reflect!