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Inspiration in the Face of Change

20/20 is the medical notation for “perfect visual acuity”, i.e., the ability to see what is in front of you with clarity and accuracy to a fixed standard. This notation could be considered a bit ironic when we consider the year 2020. The world has changed and we must adapt to regain our visual acuity even though new standards are still being established. We did not imagine what 2020 was going to be. Dramatic disruption demands dramatic solutions and it has inspired us to create a new immersive series of virtual events - Vibe - Vision, Ideas, Belief, Energy - that will support our success traveling the blurry road ahead. World Commerce & Contracting along with its 70,000 members are uniquely positioned to bring together the people and the organizations that are redefining and reimagining commerce.

In this TASK topic, Inspiration in the Face of Change, we focus on our Vibe initiatives as a core source of inspiration for our member community. Vibe is World Commerce & Contracting's virtual events portfolio which includes a specially curated set of inspirational keynote speakers via Vibe Talks, Optimism Cafe Podcasts and our virtual conference - Vibe Summit!

Vibe Summit

This year especially, we needed to come together as a community to share ideas, share experiences and share solutions. Our 2020 physical conferences were cancelled, however we were delighted to instead host our largest global virtual gathering ever in September this year at Vibe Summit.

Vibe Talks

Vibe Talks is a series of inspiring, uplifting and thought-provoking talks from world-leading influencers and thinkers.

Each Vibe Talk lasts just 15 minutes followed by an exceptional opportunity to do a live Q&A with our speakers.

Check out all of our recent Vibe Talks below.

Vibe Talk presenters

Linda Jingfang Cai

Talent and Leadership Evangelist
Future Ready Skills and Mindsets

A passionate talent and learning executive, Linda is the co-author of ‘Share: How Organizations Can Thrive in an Age of Networked Knowledge, Power and Relationships’. In this Vibe Talk, Global CEO of World Commerce & Contracting, Sally Guyer will explore with Linda how leaders and workers can equip themselves with skills and mindsets to navigate the complex and volatile world today.

Sue Liburd MBE

Business, Leadership, Takumi
Emergence: Embracing your new balance

As we tentatively emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and reflect on all that the world has laid bare to us over recent weeks and months, we need to take steps to ensure that we, as individuals, move forward confidently, that we each play our part in finding the right balance for ourselves, our families, our colleagues and for society at large.

Karlin Sloan

Author, Entrepreneur, CEO
Resilience – How to be at your most resilient when you most need it

Acclaimed business author of Smarter, Faster, Better and Lemonade: The Leaders Guide to Resilience at Work Karlin Sloan firmly believes that where there is a crisis, there is an opportunity. In this eye-opening talk, Karlin will ask what keeps people bouncing back in the face of dramatic change? Why is it so important to focus on resilience right now?

Victor Perton

The Optimism Man
Infectious optimism – How do true leaders cope when bad news prevails?

What will be your keepsake from this pandemic? What will you tell future generations about what you did to survive and thrive? Will this be your finest hour? How?

Rhonda Brighton-Hall

Determined Optimist, Human Being, People and Culture Aficionado
The way humans work and live – in a post-COVID-19 new world

When the world changes so suddenly, how do we ‘get back to normal’, or do we? Determined optimist, human being and People and Culture aficionado Rhonda Brighton-Hall will discuss what really matters and what choices you must make, offering a secure and optimistic way back to the new normal in a post-COVID-19 new world.

Amy Peck

Futurist and VR Evangelist
Virtual Future – Imagining the unimaginable

The very human crisis we are currently living through has accelerated the need and use of technology, catapulting humans deeper than ever into the virtual world. Individuals, professionals and governments have had to adapt quickly to survive. Amy Peck is passionate about making VR and AR technology accessible and transformative for everyone – in this talk, Amy will take you by the hand and guide you through to the unimaginable virtual future.

Optimism Café Podcasts



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