Alain de Botton: An Amazing TED Talk.

If you’re familiar with Alain de Botton, you’ll know he is intelligent, witty, and a wonderful thinker. (His book “The Art of Travel” is a must read!)

And when I saw him on the TED site today I was intrigued to watch his talk, because not all amazing authors translate into fantastic speakers.

My conclusion? He is definitely able to do both,  and the lecture is a wonderful 16 minute exploration of our ideas of work, success, and the value of those around us.

So watch the talk, make a jug of iced tea, and get inspired to spread your own ideas to the UBC community. The deadline for TEDx Terry Talks is coming soon! Click here for details on how to apply.

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Shagufta is a UBC Political Science graduate with a passion for interdisciplinary thinking, writing, travel, reading, tea, and interesting conversations. She hopes to combine all of these things in her life work someday. For now though, she studies social policy and planning at the University of Toronto and shares her adventures in and out of the classroom at