Credit: Adadevoh Family

Credit: Adadevoh Family

"Hero": Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh Story

Nigerian physician and endocrinologist Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh was the gift we all needed. She was there to prevent a global Ebola outbreak in the very nick of time giving her life to save ours. In July 2014 when the epidemic almost reached its peak Nigeria’s first Ebola patient left quarantine in Liberia and flew to Lagos to attend a meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He collapsed at the airport and was taken to a private hospital where Dr. Adadevoh worked. She got him tested; while waiting for the results the patient and Liberian government officials began insisting that Dr. Adadevoh discharge him so he could attend the conference. They threatened to sue her for kidnapping but she continued to resist. His Ebola diagnosis was later confirmed, and he died at the hospital. Dr. Adadevoh decisions allowed to successfully trace all possible contacts; there were 20 Ebola cases total. 11 were healthcare workers. 6 of those healthcare workers survived and 5 died, including Dr. Adadevoh.

"Responsibility": Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall is British scientist, conservationist, peacemaker and mentor, named a UN Messenger of Peace in 2002. She is world's most famous expert on chimpanzees whose field research at Gombe, Tanzania, transformed our understanding of apes and redefined the relationship between humans and animals. Dr. Jane Goodall’s discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools is considered one of the greatest achievements of twentieth-century scholarship. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots, a program at work with young people in more than 130 countries to foster the informed generation of conservation leaders our world so urgently needs. Luminous Part team has talked to Dr. Jane discussing awareness, the definition of human, and planet's future we all are responsible for.

 

 

Dr. Jane Goodall in Gombe National Park. Credit: Frame X Frame Films

Dr. Jane Goodall in Gombe National Park. Credit: Frame X Frame Films

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"Knowledge": Marcelo Gleiser

Marcelo Gleiser is a theoretical physicist specializing in particle cosmology. He studies the emergence of complex structures in nature, focusing on fundamental questions related to what he calls the “three origins”: cosmos, life, and mind. Marcelo is very active in public understanding of science and has written several books (A Tear at the Edge of Creation, The Simple Beauty of Unexpected, The Island of Knowledge, and others). This last interdisciplinary question, the question about the limits of knowledge, occupies much of Marcelo's time when he is not working on more technical stuff. Luminous Part together with Kulturomania has talked to him, discussing the nature of information and knowledge. How much can we know? Can we know everything? Why do we want to do that, and why are we always looking for a meaning?

 

 

"Ability": Madeline Stuart

Madeline Stuart, Australia, is the first professional adult model with Down Syndrome. She is 19, and she has been participating in many top fashion shows already, working in New York, San-Francisco, Los-Angeles, Brisbane, Hawaii, Sydney. Luminous Part team together with the Snob magazine has talked to Madeline and her mother Rosanne, discussing ability and independence.

 

 

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"Freedom": Vince Reffet

Have you ever dreamed of wings? No plane, no parachute, just you, flying high in the sky like a bird. Vince Reffet is does it every day. He is one of two Jetman Dubai pilots, an experienced operator of the smallest propelled wing in the world that allows fast and free flying for almost 10 minutes. Vince told Luminous Part what is it like to achieve the oldest human dream, what a flight feels like, and what such a skill can add to our understanding of freedom.

 

 

"Dream": Andreas Wenning

Andreas Wenning comes from Bremen, Germany. He plans and builds inspiring dwellings for children and adults – tree houses and tree hotels that look like ships and fruits hovering in the air. Andreas told Luminous Part why he decided to dedicate himself to modern architecture on the trees, and what he dreamed about when he was a boy.

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"Hope": Nick Vuijicic

Luminous Part together with Theory & Practice have talked to Nick Vujicic – Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. With Nick we have discussed hope and fails – things that are familiar to everyone.

"Music": Hopkinson Smith

Swiss lutenist Hopkinson Smith has been called the most moving baroque musicians of present day. He approaches the lute's universe with a musicality which goes far beyond the seemingly limited voice of this instrument. Smith plays music written centuries ago, making it sound like a story. Luminous Part team reached out to Smith to talk about music, role of silence and pause, and emotional methods that make the audience cry.

"Kindness": George Saunders

George Saunders is American writer, professor at Syracuse University and a winner of several prizes and awards. The New York Times calls him genius. For Luminous Part he is a special speaker, because the project is centered on a quote from his speech at Syracuse University: "That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality — your soul, if you will — is as bright and shining as any that has ever been."

"Health": Bill Andrews

Bill Andrews is American biologist, gerontologist, Ph.D, and an ultra-marathon runner. He has founded a biotechnology company to find a cure for human aging. Luminous Part together with Theory & Practice has talked to him discussing the real benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

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“Perfection”: Santiago Calatrava

Spanish superstar architect, sculptor and structural engineer Santiago Calatrava creates biotech style buildings. His museums, skyscrapers and stations are always white like sea shells or doves. He has told Luminous Part and Theory & Practice why architecture is akin to music, what should an architect do to materialize a miracle and why imperfections are no less important than accomplishments.

"Solitude": Godfrey Reggio

American director of experimental documentary films Godfrey Reggio is most known for his Qatsi trilogy. Now he is focused on narrative-based films exploring the relationship between people, nature, and technology. When Godfrey was 14, he left his home in San-Francisco to become a monk and spent most of his life helping homeless people and teaching children from vulnerable families. Luminous Part team together with Theory & Practice has talked to him discussing loneliness, solitude, and the gifts they can give to a person.

"Consolation": Jorge Bucay

Argentinian psychotherapist and writer Jorge Bucay is known as a professional comforter. Luminous Part team together with Theory & Practice has met him to ask what is his source of love for the people, and why consolation does not always lead to recovery.

"Creation": Theo Jansen

Dutch artist Theo Jansen makes amazing kinetic sculptures that look like living creatures. Media call him "the Second da Vinci". Jansen's "strandbeests" can walk, "see" the water water and different types of sand, and lie down when a storm comes. He has explained to Luminous Part how does creation work when one is making something really new.

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