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  • 04 October 2015

    The case of Mumbai Dabbawalas

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    Serving over 200,000 people every day, their operations are so efficient that world personalities like Prince Charles and Richard Branson have visited them and are even said to be six sigma compliant.

    The dabbawalas have high rates of accuracy and their error rates are shockingly one in a million only. And what is even more impressive, that all the dabbawalas are fairly illiterate and have no use of any technology. The only motorized transport used is the Mumbai local trains. Other than that they make use of hand-drawn carts and bicycles. 

    Arvind Talekar, from the Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Charity Trust, joins our platform at BOLDtalks Innovation 2015 to explain the history and also the secret of the sophistication of this 125 year old logistics that today employees over 5,000 people and carrying over 400,000 transactions a day with an error rate of 1 in 16 million transactions.

    Stay tuned as we announce the full speakers' agenda on 15th October.

  • 15 June 2014

    Over 400 attend this year's BOLDtalks Woman 2014

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    Thank you for bringing these exceptional, courageous, passionate and inspiring women together for Bold Talks Woman 2014. What a fantastic event, once again, with such a high quality line up of speakers who illustrated through their own journeys and lives, determination to overcome obstacles, faith, a caring attitude and showed the powerful role one person can play that can make a difference in so many lives. Loved every moment. I would encourage anyone who can, to make sure not to miss upcoming events. So worthwhile!!!

    Thank you to all the speakers for all their great work! Your talks inspired and motivated us all and really touched our hearts... But more than that it restored our faith in humanity. So many amazing people in this world that are dedicating their time and effort to making a positive change! Thank you to the organisers of the event as well. BOLDtalks was very well organised, and the atmosphere was very welcoming. It's a great way for people to come together to work on ways to make it a better future for the generations to come. Well done!

    Thank you all at BOLDtalks Woman 2014! A great way to creating greater social awareness of the world around us and how we can all contribute to making our world a better place for us all! You had some amazing people presenting here with lots of wonderful and inspiring life stories we could all learn and benefit from! Looking forward to more in the future! With my best wishes to all!:)

    The words of each speaker touched my life in such profound ways. You inspired me, you encouraged me. I am so grateful, thank you!!!!!

    Open hearts...open minds...an amazingly rewarding day of intellect...hats off to the team at BOLDtalks

    What a great line up of speakers! Every single one of them had something valuable to say! Well done!

    A Saturday well spent! — feeling happy.

    Was a wonderful day at BOLDtalks Woman 2014! Thank you for providing such a valuable platform!

    BOLDtalks Women 2014 resonated with me at various levels. I am was engaged, energized, enthralled, and empowered In gratitude!

    What an inspiring exhilarating day. So very proud of my fellow women.

    Thank you BOLDtalks for such an enlightening,inspiring,empowering event...looking forward to more such events. All the best to the team!

    Thank you for such an inspiring and positive event, keep up the good work!

  • 06 April 2014

    Big plans for this year's BOLDtalks Woman 2014

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    Following the incredible success of last year's launch of BOLDtalks Woman, we are very excited to roll our second edition of this powerful gathering of some of the world's most amazing women.

    Stay tuned, as we announce this year’s featured talks, and make sure to like us on our facebook page, so we can keep you posted with the programme development. 

    Here are just some commentaries we've got from last year's BOLDtalks Woman:

     

     A truly soul-stirring event.. Loved, Loved, Loved...Hope to see more of BOLDtalks!!!!!!!

    Thank you for the phenomenal day:) Honestly, can't remember when was the last time I've heard so many incredible stories at one place. Congratulations on the organization, I hope the next event will be very soon:)

    Hats off to BOLDtalks for organizing such a great event. It was very inspiring to meet and hear other women's stories and efforts to make a difference in other people's lives. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every story, they made me cry, smile and gave me goose bumps. Looking forward to their next event!

    Some people choose bieber, brunch or beach for their weekend. I was@ BOLDtalks women. back with the most eye opening powerful messages from a special selection of unique ladies. A mental spa. The most empowering inspiring event of 2013, congrats for giving this to our community. Music by Indiva fusion and violin by Nadine.

    A big Thank You to BOLDtalks team for organizing such an awesome event, BOLDtalks/Women. It was so inspiring to meet women who are trying to change a tradition or perception through their amazing work.

    BOLDtalks Woman 2013 -- made this Saturday one of the bests this year! Meeting Cath Turner and know about her story and listened to Nadine Artuhanava and her beautiful music as well as the other remarkable women speakers and artist that left us glued in our seats, fully emphasized women empowerment.

    Fantastic show!! Thoroughly enjoyed it and left the theatre feeling very inspired and blessed:) Keep up the great work.

    Such an uplifting way to spend a Saturday in Dubai! Subject matter was so varied and delivered by some very gifted and talented women - thank you!.

    Thank you for today, we learned & took away so much to cherish. More power to you.

    Dubai needs more events like these. Well done ! Saturday well spent!

    What a great way to spend a Saturday ... well done and thank you and so refreshing to have something like this in Dubai.

    Thank you for organising a very stimulating, interesting and enjoyable day ! something different for Dubai. looking forward to the next one.

    Amazing event, thank you very much!

    Had an inspirational day at BOLDtalks Woman! Thank you BOLDtalks for organizing and thank you to ALL the speakers, truly eye-opening.

    BOLDtalks was the right mix of social activism, inspiring storytellers and beautiful music. Love to see homegrown Dubai brands like this bringing change makers into our space to encourage and connect and grow our ethos. Well done!

     

  • 05 May 2013

    Dubai needs more events like these... (2013 attendee)

     Following the incredible success of last year's launch of BOLDtalks Woman, we are very excited to roll our second edition of this powerful gathering of some of the world's most amazing women.

    Stay tuned, as we announce this year’s featured talks, and make sure to like us on our facebook page, so we can keep you posted with the programme development. 

    Here are just some commentaries we've got from last year's BOLDtalks Woman:

     

    A truly soul-stirring event.. Loved, Loved, Loved...Hope to see more of BOLDtalks!!!!!!!

    Thank you for the phenomenal day:) Honestly, can't remember when was the last time I've heard so many incredible stories at one place. Congratulations on the organization, I hope the next event will be very soon:)

    Hats off to BOLDtalks for organizing such a great event. It was very inspiring to meet and hear other women's stories and efforts to make a difference in other people's lives. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every story, they made me cry, smile and gave me goose bumps. Looking forward to their next event!

    Some people choose bieber, brunch or beach for their weekend. I was@ BOLDtalks women. back with the most eye opening powerful messages from a special selection of unique ladies. A mental spa. The most empowering inspiring event of 2013, congrats for giving this to our community. Music by Indiva fusion and violin by Nadine.

    A big Thank You to BOLDtalks team for organizing such an awesome event, BOLDtalks/Women. It was so inspiring to meet women who are trying to change a tradition or perception through their amazing work.

    BOLDtalks Woman 2013 -- made this Saturday one of the bests this year! Meeting Cath Turner and know about her story and listened to Nadine Artuhanava and her beautiful music as well as the other remarkable women speakers and artist that left us glued in our seats, fully emphasized women empowerment.
    Fantastic show!! Thoroughly enjoyed it and left the theatre feeling very inspired and blessed:) Keep up the great work.

    Such an uplifting way to spend a Saturday in Dubai! Subject matter was so varied and delivered by some very gifted and talented women - thank you!.

    Thank you for today, we learned & took away so much to cherish. More power to you.

    Dubai needs more events like these. Well done ! Saturday well spent!

    What a great way to spend a Saturday ... well done and thank you and so refreshing to have something like this in Dubai.

    Thank you for organising a very stimulating, interesting and enjoyable day ! something different for Dubai. looking forward to the next one.
    Amazing event, thank you very much!

    Had an inspirational day at BOLDtalks Woman! Thank you BOLDtalks for organizing and thank you to ALL the speakers, truly eye-opening.

    BOLDtalks was the right mix of social activism, inspiring storytellers and beautiful music. Love to see homegrown Dubai brands like this bringing change makers into our space to encourage and connect and grow our ethos. Well done!
  • 16 April 2013

    Should the perpetrators of "honour killings" be forgiven?

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    Rana Husseini, an award-winning journalist, human rights activist and author of "Murder in the Name of Honour" - joins BOLDtalks Woman 2013 to present on her efforts in fighting the practices of 'honour killings', advocating stronger punishments for its perpetrators.

    This talk will be followed by Marina Cantacuzino's talk on her effort of encouraging victims of different crimes to meet and forgive their perpetrators.

    Both talks will be followed by a moderated panel discussion that will open a a debate on whether those that commit such crimes should be severely punished or forgiven.

    As all BOLDtalks events are interactive, the attendees will also be able to join this debate, before drawing any conclusions.

    BOLDtalks Woman 2013 is held on Saturday May 4th, at Madinat Theatre.
     


  • 25 July 2012

    What is Higgs boson?

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    "Every particle is either a boson or a fermion” explains Dr. John Ellis, former CERN theorist and currently professor at King's College in London, who also presented at BOLDtalks 2010 on the world's biggest and most expensive experiment - the Large Hydron Colider. Dr. Ellis further explains that “all known particles spin like small tops, with the known bosons that carry the fundamental interactions – such as the photon, the quantum of light that carries the electromagnetic force – spinning at twice the rate of the fermion particles that make up matter particles such as electrons and quarks.”

    A practical application of the spin of nuclear particles is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a technique used for the early detection of a number of diseases. In order to produce high-resolution images of organs to facilitate medical diagnoses, MRI analyses the alignment of nuclear spins.

    Since the newly discovered particle decays into pairs of known bosons, it is certainly also a boson. However, we also see that it does not spin the same way as a photon. If it were a Higgs boson, it would not spin at all. This is what physicists call a scalar boson, and it would be the first elementary scalar boson ever seen. However, the possibility that the new particle spins at a larger rate than a photon cannot be yet claimed.

    Either way, the newly discovered particle would be the first of a new class of particles. Will this change our everyday lives? The question has no immediate answer because history tells us that any practical application – such as the above example of MRI – might take years to develop or might never really happen. However, whatever the future brings, physicists can already see that the new particle holds important information that will provide new insight into the workings of the Universe. Nature still holds many mysteries, and understanding this one may unlock the doors to others.

    Dr. Joh Ellis joins BOLDtalks 2013 to explain the exact meaning of this breakthrough discovery, and what it might mean for future science in understanding what the Universe is made of.

    BOLDtalks 2013 is scheduled for March 2nd, at Madinat Jumeirah Theatre, Dubai.


  • 12 July 2012

    When Decca rejected The Beatles

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    I wonder how often do they get it right, or maybe – wrong!

    In 1962 Decca’s A&R have rejected the Beatles, then unknown, on basis that the ‘guitar groups are on the way out’, only a year and a half later to realise that they’ve made the biggest mistake in musical history!

    Interestingly, a year later, George Harrison felt sorry for Dick Rowe, head of Decca’s A&R, so he gave him a tip on an upcoming band the “Rolling Stones” that they’ve signed the same year.

    This case makes one wonder just how many great-would-be-bands or artists never made it because of one individual’s misjudgment, while tons of commercially driven music and unoriginal bands dominate today’s music charts.

    Interesting topic for discussion...

  • 11 March 2012

    30-Second Psychology

    30 second psychology

    A great selection of 50 explanations about our behavior that you never thought about. A great read, highly recommending.

  • 16 February 2012

    Almost there!

    However, an average participant would probably not be able to tell the volume of preparation required for a one day event. Probably not even realise the time-scale of over eight months of preparations.

    But once all the pieces are put together - its a an absolute pleasure witnessing the final product unveiling before you in a time span of only few hours.

    Is it worth it? Absolutely! Every minute of preparations.

    We look forward to meet all the participating members of the community at BOLDtalks 2012, and make sure you give us a shout!

    See you all Saturday 25th Feb!

  • 31 December 2011

    First officer in charge of Check Point Charlie speaks at BOLDtalks 2012

    Checkpoint Charlie (or "Checkpoint C") was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War.
    The Soviet Union prompted the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 to stop Eastern Bloc emigration westward through the Soviet border system, preventing escape across the city sector border from East Berlin to West Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie became a symbol of the Cold War, representing the separation of east and west. Soviet and American tanks briefly faced each other at the location during the Berlin Crisis of 1961.
    After the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc and the reunification of Germany, the building at Checkpoint Charlie became a tourist attraction. It is now located in the Allied Museum in the Dahlem neighborhood of Berlin.
     
    Come and hear Vern Pike, the first officer in charge of Checkpoint Charlie, telling a remarkable tense story about series of incidents that have taken place that resulted the creation of the notorious Berlin Wall.