Innovation and courage when shame’s won over by vulnerability

For a courageous – that is, the will to do or commit to something where there is no guarantee – talk about where innovation and courage and connections with each other come from try this talk by Brene Brown, Listening to shame.

If you’re interested in new ideas, design, medicine, communications, city life – how we work and connect with each other and in our cities, workplaces and homes . . . here’s someone who says shame is an issue we’ve all  got to deal with.  Lots of handy observations like, “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation . . . “.

Shame, Brene says,  is connected to guilt about, and the conditions of, over-eating, depression, anger, addiction . . .

When we have the courage to say, “I’m good enough’,  we gain a sense of worthiness and then we have a chance to gain other things  that seem to be what we’ve come here for  . . .  connections, vulnerability . . .

Shame ‘doused with empathy’ can’t survive, observes Brene, a research storyteller.

For a talk about vulnerability – The Power of Vulnerability – by Brene go here; it’s the one referred to in the talk above.



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