Watch, listen, and learn

Soak-up inspiration from online talks

Apparently 3.25 billion hours of videos are watched on YouTube every month. And if you look past all the cat videos, carpool karaoke clips, and unboxing films that the internet has to offer, there’s also a wealth of inspiring talks and lectures.

So the next time your left twiddling your thumbs on a delayed train, why not load up a film and take your imagination for a walk?


Here are a few reasons to take action.

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Make the most of your commute

Got a long train or bus journey to work? Why not kick-off your day with a brain-power hour (or half)? Transform your commute from a vacant stare into space into a breakfast for your brain and arrive at work inspired!

It doesn’t take long

TED talks are only 18 minutes.

RSA Animates films are as little as half that.

School of Life clips start at just 1 minute!

So whether you’ve got time to settle in for a full-length lecture on an evening, or just a few minutes over a coffee, there’s always time to give your noggin a little inspirational boost.

Freshen up and innovate

When you’ve a lot to do in your working day, there’s little time to think about whether you could be doing things differently or better. Giving yourself a timeout to watch and listen to other people talk about how they do things gives can be a great way to help expand your skill set and open your mind to new ideas.

With this extra info under your belt, you can work smarter, not harder.

Global Goals

In September 2017, a historic agreement was signed by UN member nations agreeing to work towards 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030, otherwise known as the SDGs.

Achieving these ambitious goals will require action from governments, businesses, NGOs, and individuals alike. We can - and must - all play our part.

By making the 'Watch, listen and learn' pledge, you are contributing in your own small way to the following SDG targets:

3.4: By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

4.4: By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

4.7: By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development

8.2: Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors

12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature

17.16: Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries


The world (wide web) is your oyster, so get out there and start exploring it.

Ask clued-up colleagues and friends for recommendations, look at 'recommended' or 'you may also like' lists, and search the websites of your favourite publications or well-regarded academic institutions. Their events pages can be a good place to look – many, including the likes of the London School of Economics and The Guardian, record their live events and talks and later publish them online.

A few places you might like to start:

  • The Do Lectures: inspirational talks from passionate, creative people, mostly filmed in a shed in Wales.
  • TED Talks: ideas worth spreading, on all sorts of topics from people around the world.
  • Lynda: video courses on specific topics, from learning to use new software to business skills (subscription required).
  • The Better Business Show: a weekly podcast covering organisations looking to create positive social and environmental change in the world.
  • The RSA: podcasts from some of the worlds leading thinkers, on topics from education to politics.

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