Category: Talks

From zero waste to less waste – for the environment and your sanity | Laura Arnicāne

Zero waste activist Laura Arnicāne was a chronic perfectionist whose quest for leading a truly zero waste lifestyle led to wasting away herself. Since then, she has found that striving for a less waste lifestyle, on the grand scale of...

Opposing forces | Rihards Plešanovs – Piano performance

Pianist Rihards Plešanovs highlights the juxtaposition between the aggressive and the fragile, two opposing forces that weave themselves through daily life. One end of the spectrum is personified through an etude by György Ligeti, “L’escalier du diable” (The Devil’s Staircase)...

The shadow economy: it’s not all black and white | Arnis Sauka

Arnis Sauka has spent years researching the shadow economy and determining its impact. Having developed a methodology, fostered relationships with both business leaders and government officials and measured the impact over time, Arnis may be the first to tell you...

See the forest for the trees (and birds) | Indriķis Krams

Living in the comforts of modern civilization, most of us are far removed from the natural world and take for granted its existence. But biologist Indriķis Krams, who spends most of his time studying birds in old growth forests, has...

Finding the balance between money and meaning | Jānis Kreilis

For many of us, finding the balance between doing something that provides meaning and something that pays the bills seems out of reach. Whether it’s expectations about what is an acceptable career path, the desire to strike it rich or...

What brain development teaches us about the future of our societies | Ņikita Bezborodovs

The biological development of the brain shows that children’s brains are much more malleable and open to change earlier on in life. This phenomenon of brain plasticity makes children able to adapt to the challenges of the environment they grow...

The triumph of the human spirit – repairing bonds in a broken world | Mark Rittenberg

The most beautiful outcome is the triumph of the human spirit. This is something that Mark Rittenberg has witnessed over his lifetime in difficult situations, from the assassination of a president to the mediation of the Middle East peace process....

Presence | Krists Saržants – Jazz quintet

From melodic to frenzied and back again, Krists Saržants’ jazz quintet composition artfully combines the varied but complementary tones of piano, bass, drums, saxophone and vocals and exploration of sound is a true work of art. While the soothing melody...

Martins Daugulis

Slow down, democracy isn’t dead yet | Mārtiņš Daugulis

Despite living in arguably the best time in history, there is an increasing dissatisfaction in democracy. But why is that? If undemocratic societies become disillusioned because of the suppression of political speech, are democratic ones being worn down in the...

Aija Paegle

Stop. Take a breath. | Aija Paegle

Doesn’t that feel better? Physical therapist and former dancer Aija Paegle takes us through the physical and mental impact of the humble breath. How it can unobtrusively carry you through your day, or do the heavy lifting when going through...