Hold Your Breath
Every minute of every day, we breathe, without planning or question. But what happens in your body and mind when you challenge that reflex? We hosted an evening of yoga, breath-work, lung expansion and ocean inspiration facilitated by Hanli Prinsloo, champion freediver, ocean explorer and Founder of I AM WATER Ocean Conservation. Using breath-hold as a tool to practice mind-over-body strength, members learned skills to handle challenging situations in, and outside the water.
Screening: TED 2019
Held in partnership with TEDxLondon, we were delighted to screen the brightest ideas from this year’s TED conference, themed “Bigger Than Us”, all the way from Vancouver. Members dropped in for some mid-week inspiration from speakers including Chobani founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, communications advisor, Frank Luntz, Guardian and Observer journalist, Carole Cadwalladr and President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio.
Women in the Conduit community joined us for an experiential workshop, where, through a combination of tried and tested coaching exercises, powerful questions, insight and shared learning, they developed an understanding of what Imposter Syndrome is. They came away from the workshop with the techniques and practical tools that will help them bypass “Imposter” thinking, and engage their own inner wisdom, reduce stress, encourage creative thinking and overcome limiting beliefs.
Marching Towards Change
Today, protests are an almost daily occurrence across the globe, with notable recent examples including the Youth Climate Strike, the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ movement in France and Algerian protests against President Bouteflika. But in this historic moment of global struggle, is protesting the best way to bring about change? We hosted an event with Steve Crawshaw, author, ‘Street Spirit: The Power of Protest and Mischief’; Katherine Sladden, Activist, Campaign Consultant, Founder, Chorus Campaign; and Srdja Popovic, Activist and Founder, Canvas, to understand what it takes to build an efficient civil movement.
From Syria to Sanctuary
With Safe Passage and shado magazine, we hosted an evening with 20-year-old Syrian photographer Abdulazez Dukhan, as he shared the story of his journey from Syria to Brussels. Through conversation and an exhibition of his work, Abdulazez revealed how he is using photography to change perceptions of “the refugee crisis” and create a new narrative from his first-hand experience. Together with representatives from Safe Passage and shado, we discussed the plight of refugees travelling to Europe and the steps we can take to help these vulnerable adults and children find safe passage to sanctuary.
Building Bridges Across the Generational Divide
How do we find happiness when we know life is long and time is short? Marc Freedman, CEO of Encore.org, has spent thirty years on a quest to answer some of contemporary life’s most urgent questions. His latest book, ‘How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations’, has been called ‘both an intergenerational love letter and a practical manual for change’. Now he’s sharing his manifesto for a better future with The Conduit community, along with practical guidance to find joy, empowerment and abundance by learning to cross the generational divide. At this event, we learned how we can lead happier, healthier and more productive lives by fostering connections between young and old.