Inspiring

We love to share links to all inspiring tales of achievement and fun – be it videos, music, products or events. This is not meant to be a definitive listing but simply some of our favourites. We welcome your recommendations but have to say that we do not include a book listing because, upon actually understanding the practical application of Educo, everything else may seem like an intellectual merry-go-round.

INSPIRING MOVIES & VIDEOS
Lost Horizon (1937)
A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La — but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be? British diplomat Robert Conway and a small group of civilians crash land in the Himalayas, and are rescued by the people of the mysterious, Eden-like valley of Shangri-la. Protected by the mountains from the world outside, where the clouds of World War II are gathering, Shangri-la provides a seductive escape for the world-weary Conway.

• The Matrix
Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity have been captured by a race of machines that live off of the humans’ body heat and electrochemical energy and who imprison their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion.

• Peaceful Warrior
Directed by Victor Salva. With Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte, Amy Smart, Tim DeKay.
Dan Millman has it all: good grades, a shot at the Olympic team on the rings and girls lining up for the handsome Berkely college athlete all teams mates look up to with envy. Only one man shakes his confidence, an anonymous night gas station attendant, who like Socrates, keeps questioning every assumption in his life. Then a traffic crash shatters Dan’s legs, and his bright future. Now Socrates’s life coaching is to make or break Dan’s revised ambition.

• Avatar
When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge’s intentions of driving off the native humanoid “Na’vi” in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na’vi people with the use of an “avatar” identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand – and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora.

• August Rush
A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents. Stars:  Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

The Bucket List
Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. Stars: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman and Sean Hayes.

• Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005
Here we see Steve Jobs delivering his commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005. In it he talks about getting fired from Apple in 1985, life & death.

 Thandie Newton: Embracing otherness, embracing myself
Actor Thandie Newton tells the story of finding her “otherness” — first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves. A warm, wise talk, fresh from stage at TEDGlobal 2011.

 Caroline Casey: Looking past limits 
Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have. First, Caroline Casey put Ireland on the accessibility map. Now she’s changing the global social landscape for people with disabilities.

• Opera duo Charlotte & Jonathan Britain’s Got Talent 2012
Opera meets pop when 17-year-old Jonathan and 16-year-old Charlotte sing together. But can the duo convince Britain’s Got Talent Judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon they’ve got what it takes to wow the nation?