Wednesday, November 1, 2017
8:00pm 
 
An Evening with
Brené Brown
 
discussing her new book,
Braving the Wilderness:
The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Barnum Hall
Santa Monica High School
600 Olympic Blvd, 
Santa Monica, CA 90405

PURCHASE TICKETS  — SOLD OUT.
$55  Orchestra Level Seat + 1 copy of Braving the Wilderness
$40  Balcony Seat + 1 copy of Braving the Wilderness

Social scientist and three-time #1 New York Times bestseller Brené Brown has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives – courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy.

Dr. Brené Brown has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. Brené’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 30 million views.  She is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation-Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.  In addition to her research and writing, Brené is the Founder and CEO of BRAVE LEADERS INC – an organization that brings evidence-based courage building programs to teams, leaders, entrepreneurs, change makers, and culture shifters.  Brené lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.

In her new book, Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines our understanding of what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping out a clear path to true belonging. 

She writes, “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness in both being a part of something, and standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.”

In her new book, Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness.  

 

Photo Credit: Benedict Evans

Monday, May 9, 2016
8:00pm (Reception, 6:30-7:30pm)

 
Chris Anderson, Curator of TED
in conversation with Pico Iyer
 
discussing his book,
TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking


Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue (at 14th Street)
Santa Monica, CA 90403 

SOLD OUT. 
Video will be posted soon.
$45 Reserved Section seating + Book*
$20 General Admission
$95 Pre-Reception(6:30-7:30pm) + Reserved Section seating + Book
* a booksigning follows the event

Chris Anderson is the curator of TED. Trained as a journalist after graduating from Oxford University, Anderson launched a number of successful magazines before turning his attention to TED, which he and his nonprofit acquired in 2001. His TED mantra—“ideas worth spreading”—continues to blossom on an international scale.  Watch Chris Anderson’s TEDGlobal Talk: How web video powers global innovation.

“Nobody in the world better understands the art and science of public speaking than Chris Anderson. He has nurtured, coaxed, and encouraged so many speakers over the years (myself included) — helping us to bring forth our very best performances onstage, even when we were at our most nervous and overwhelmed. He is the absolutely perfect person to have written this book, and it will be a gift to many.”
Elizabeth Gilbert (Big Magic, The Signature of All Things and Eat, Pray Love.)

Since taking over TED in the early 2000s, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form.

The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot. There is no set formula; no two talks should be the same. The goal is for you to give the talk that only you can give. But don’t be intimidated. You may find it more natural than you think.

Chris Anderson has worked behind the scenes with all the TED speakers who have inspired us the most, and here he shares insights from such favorites as Sir Ken Robinson, Amy Cuddy, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Salman Khan, Dan Gilbert, Mary Roach, Matt Ridley, and dozens more — everything from how to craft your talk’s content to how you can be most effective on stage. This is the 21st-century’s new manual for truly effective communication and it is a must-read for anyone who is ready to create impact with their ideas.

Pico Iyer is the author of twelve books, on subjects as varied as Cuba, globalism, Graham Greene and the XIVth Dalai Lama, and writes up to 100 articles a year for magazines from The New York Review of Books to Harper’s, and Vanity Fair to Wired. He delivered popular TED talks in both 2013 and 2014—his most recent book is a small TED Original on the theme of stillness, and his talk on the nature of home attracted millions of viewers—and he has written a film script for Miramax, done many liner notes for Leonard Cohen and written introductions to more than 50 other books. Born in Oxford, England, and educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard, he has been based, since 1987, in Western Japan, while traveling widely, everywhere from North Korea to Ethiopia and Yemen to Easter Island. – 

1.Cover_TEDTALKS_hiresMonday, May 9th we host Chris Anderson, Curator of TED Talks, in conversation with Pico Iyer at a sold out event at the Aero Theatre.  The occasion is the release of Chris Anderson’s book, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking.

If you have a great question for Chris Anderson, here’s your chance to get a signed book.  Email your question to info@livetalksla.org; and if we use your question, we will ship you a signed book.

Video from the event will be posted to our Facebook page and YouTube channel soon.

 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

Matthieu Ricard
in conversation with Pico Iyer

Altruism:
The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself
and the World

Moss Theatre
New Roads School
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.  Please note that we are also hosting Matthieu Ricard in our morning Live Talks Business Forum on June 10. To purchase tickets to the morning event visit here.

PURCHASE TICKETS
$20 General Admission
$30 Reserved Section Seats
$43 Includes Ricard’s book + Reserved Section Seats
$95 Includes pre-event reception and + Reserved Seats
        + Ricard’s book as well as Iyer’s book.

This event presented in association with InsightLA

Born in France in 1946, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk who left a career in cellular genetics to study Buddhism in the Himalayas nearly 40 years ago. He is an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, celebrated at the World Economic Forum at Davos and at TED where his first talk on happiness has been viewed by over four million people.

His new book is Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World. His previous books have been translated into over twenty languages and include The Monk and the Philosopher; The Quantum and the Lotus; Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill; and Why Meditate?, as well as five photography books.

As a trained scientist and Buddhist monk, he is uniquely positioned in the dialogue between East and West. He is an active participant in the current scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. He lives in Nepal and devotes much of his time to the preservation of Tibetan literature and to humanitarian projects in Tibet, India, and Nepal. www.matthieuricard.com

Pico Iyer is the author of twelve books, on subjects as varied as Cuba, globalism, Graham Greene and the XIVth Dalai Lama, and writes up to 100 articles a year for magazines from The New York Review of Books to Harper’s, and Vanity Fair to Wired. He delivered popular TED talks in both 2013 and 2014—his most recent book is a small TED Original on the theme of stillness, and his talk on the nature of home attracted millions of viewers—and he has written a film script for Miramax, done many liner notes for Leonard Cohen and written introductions to more than 50 other books. Born in Oxford, England, and educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard, he has been based, since 1987, in Western Japan, while traveling widely, everywhere from North Korea to Ethiopia and Yemen to Easter Island.