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WikiStage ESCP Europe 5. Paris, France, 2015

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Is that really true today? In the world where access to information is more than easy, knowledge can be reached by anyone. But what about imagination?" "Of course technology offers beautiful and wonderful things to see but we forget too often to use our other senses which make work our imagination" "Yes, it is very important for a child to invent its own world where he could be the hero." "Naivety detaches us from the technique and allows us to invent incredible, impossible, and improbable things." "Craziness, naivety and expertise is a combination which could make your idea real one day" "What I am telling you today is to be a pioneer. Do not be afraid to imagine impossible things thanks to imagination. That's the reflection I offer you today: do not stop thinking like a child"

WikiStage TPS. La Marsa, Tunisia, 2016

“I think the most important way to acquire knowledge is through reading. Do we read in Tunisia? 85% of Tunisians have never bought books. And those who read books, read 3 minutes per year on average. Do you think that a country can truly reach its full potential if its own citizens don’t invest themselves in their cultural emancipation and intellectual development? Reading is important and reading is fun.” “Every book is a way for me to get advice, to learn more. Every book will help me chose my way.” “I knew when I was 5 years old what gift God gave me – the gift of music. Little did I know then that the passion I had for music will allow me to compose symphonies which would be played in the most prestigious cultural centers in the world.” “When I composed my largest symphony, Hannibal, it took me three and a half years. At the time I was a CEO of one of the largest institutions in Morocco with 15,000 employees. How come you have such a big responsibility and find time to compose classical music, people asked me. I’ll tell you, I would sneak out of bed at two and a half in the morning, compose for two or three hours, go back to bed, take a nap and manage to be at work among the first people – That’s passion, it doesn’t come easy. You have to work hard but the results are really fulfilling.” “If you have knowledge, you have the force to make choices.” “We need to have a culture of innovation. Just like knowledge, passion and skills will help individuals reach their full potential, investing in innovation and value creation will help any country ensure better future for the generations to come.”
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WikiStage ESCP Europe 3. Paris, France, 2014

Joseph Beuys said: Every human being is an artist. Find out what he meant when he said these magic words. Children are more creative than adults. However, it seems we all have it within us. We just don't know it or we didn't find out yet. It might take a while until we actually realize that, but believe Martin KUPP, it's possible.Maybe it's hard for you to realize how or why, but the response might be easier than you imagine. It takes only a triple factor-based solution for multiple results. "Every human being is an artist." "Creativity is actually hard work."    

TEDxMcGill - Paradigm Shift. Montreal, Canada, 2016

Thione’s personal journey is a testament to the power of dreaming big. Thione Niang is a political strategist, an entrepreneur, community leader, motivational speaker, and a mentor. Named by Complex Magazine as one of the 10 Young Activists Who Are Changing The World in March 2013. He campaigned for President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election, a life changing experience. Inspired by the legions of young voters that helped make history in the election of 2008. In 2009, he launched the Give1 Project a global nonprofit organization, dedicated to the engagement and empowerment of young leaders for the pursuit of social, economic and political advancement in their communities. His organization is currently operating in over 20 countries. Give1Project to develop business incubator in many countries in Africa strengthened to train and support young entrepreneurs. In October 2015 he was appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama and The Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz as ambassador at the US Ministry of Energy representing minorities in energy.

WikiStage ESCP Europe 2. Paris, France, 2013

Divina Frau-Meigns explains in her talk how the digital tools that have been brought by 21st century could empower people. With curiosity you have to be wicked. You have to have that inner voice that will tell not to conform to set standards, to follow the path that has already been settled, that will tell you deviate a bit. The rise of the digital opens up new opportunities to become wicked. The ability of updating one’s profile on social networks give us a chance to actualize ourselves - la mise à jour de soi. The fact that we can play different games online give us somehow a tool to shape reality, to test it without taking any risks. Getting involved in online platform by showing our expertise in a certain matter, we’re streaming our competences for the benefit of others. And lastly, by casting your vote on different matters, we’re civically engaged. Those 21st century empower us, to reach out to others. “Trans-literacy is a new kind of literacy that we need to access and we need to give access to everybody” “You need to act, you need to hack, you need to cre-act, because as you know it’s not the one who created the candle that invented the bulb”