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If someone had pitched this story to a movie producer, it would have been dismissed as being too preposterous, too far-fetched and just too outlandish. But reality often summons the most incredulous plot lines.

Today’s advent video is from Google and features a remarkable homeward journey of a young man who left home as a five year old halfway across the world. It is a story about never losing hope and one ideally suited for Christmas day on an eventful year worldwide. Happy Christmas!

Cross posted on my Linkedin page. Header image is a screen grab from Saroo Brierley: Homeward Bound. 
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At networking events when asked to pitch, many of us tend to rattle off, barely stopping to breathe, a prepared spiel in one furious ramble. In today’s video, we see the master orator himself showing the importance of silence. The emptiness which emphasises the words, the nothingness that says more, the silence that speaks volumes.

Watch out for what happens between the 9th and the 21st second of the video. And marvel at how sometimes it is important to say very little to convey a whole lot.

Cross posted on my Linkedin page. Header image is a screen grab from President Obams sings Amazing Grace (C-Span)
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Today’s video is a scripted ad. And it’s a soppy one from IKEA and I love it. May be because I’m mum to a teenager who is a foot taller than me and I struggle to reconcile this strapping young lad to the tiny baby I once held (see?) or may be it’s just an old-fashioned heartstring puller of an ad, either way this one is a real winner.

ETA – the above video is in French as the one with the English subtitles has been removed. You should still be able to get the gist of the whole video.
Cross posted on my Linkedin page. Header image is a screen grab from IKEA – My Son
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As a Fellow of the School For Social Entrepreneurs, I am fortunate to have known inspiring individuals who started their enterprise as a response to a need in the community that they felt was going unaddressed. And today’s video is about one such social entrepreneur who started his business as a way of finding gainful employment for his autistic son. It shows how it is not sympathy that drives the business but the embracing of the invaluable diversity of its employees.

And here’s the really important thing, this video is part of Starbucks’ Upstanders series. What the coffee chain have to do with a car wash? Seemingly nothing but it is powerful to be associated with individuals who are making a difference. And the brand’s richer for it.

 

Cross posted on my Linkedin page. Header image is a screen grab from Upstanders-Employing The Full Spectrum.
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They say, never work with kids or animals. That rule does not apply when you are Google. Their Friends Furever viral ad proved so hugely popular last year that it was one of most widely shared. I don’t need to say much more than go ‘awww…’

Cross posted on my Linkedin page. Header image is a screen grab from Android: Friends Furever.
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At the Women Of The World Festival at the Southbank Centre in London, I had the opportunity to hear author and activist Eve Ensler deliver the keynote address which was about the violence facing women and girls in today’s world. At the end of the address, she played this video and by the end of which, the entire Queen Elizabeth Hall which was packed to the rafters was up on its feet dancing. And you can see why.

Cross posted on my Linkedin page. Header image is a screen grab from One Billion Rising.
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Sport England had a problem. There was a huge disparity between the number of women and men playing sport and being physically active. What was stopping the women from picking up a racquet or going for a run? Fear of judgement. To tackle this issue, last year Sport England launched the This Girl Can campaign. It showed women like we rarely get to see them in adverts. There was no attempt to hide the wobbling thighs or the jiggling boobs. What we saw was women playing sport, getting sweaty, being active and having fun. The promo went viral like wild fire and you can see why. Get your Friday freak on!

Cross posted on my Linkedin page. Header image is a screen grab from This Girl Can – Sport England.