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Dr. Jane Goodall

Lesson time 9:53 min

Dr. Jane is one of the best storytellers in the world. Learn her techniques for communicating effectively with anyone—even if that person doesn’t share your point of view.

Dr. Jane Goodall
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Dr. Jane Goodall shares her insights into animal intelligence, conservation, and activism.
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I don't know how many years I have left on this planet, but I do know that the message I have is a very, very important message. I was given two gifts in my life, and I was taught as a child that if you have gifts you should use them. One gift-- I've got a pretty good constitution. Nearly 83, still traveling 300 days a year, doing long interviews where you sit in a chair for hour after hour, talking to large groups of people, overusing my voice, getting exhausted. But I'm doing it because I think it's important. The other gift I have is communication. I was born with it. I think I inherited my constitution from my father. He was very active right up to the end and tough and all the rest of it. But the other side, I think comes from my mother, who's got Welsh blood in her. And the Welsh, they're very musical and they do singing, and acting, and stuff like that. And I knew I had this gift of communication, but in writing I did. I didn't know I had it in speaking, and it was given to me. So have I worked to develop it? Yes. Whether it's writing or speaking, I've worked very hard, but the gift was there. It was there to start with, and I have to use it. This is why I go around as I go around. Does what I do make a difference? I wouldn't be so egoistical to say it makes a difference, but for the fact that hundreds and hundreds of people tell me or write to me, and tell me that after they came to one of my talks it changed their life. After they read Reason For Hope, it gave them reason to hope in their own lives and made a change, so I have to use these gifts. I think one of the problems of successful advocacy is people become too militant, people become too adversarial, and although that maybe can play a role at some point, I don't think it's the ultimate solution. So if I take, for example, some animal rights movements right at the beginning, then, I think some level of militant aggression is necessary to kind of wake people up. But after people have become woken up, and they've become aware, then, I think a different approach works better. And the approach that I've always taken-- because I'm not adversarial by nature, it's just not me. And my approach has always been to try and reach into people's hearts, and the only way I can do that is by telling stories. For example, I've been around Capitol Hill quite a lot talking to various senators and congressmen. And usually, it's a very rushed thing and you get maybe 10 minutes max. And I know from talking to various lobbyists that people go in and they plunge straight into their thing, and they've got it all lined up and-- but I can't do that. I have to make-- even if it's only one minute-- make some kind of relationship. Who is it I'm talking to? I hear you have a dog, or something I've learned about them, and I introduce that. So there's a relaxing. I want somebody who's...

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There is still a window of time. Nature can win if we give her a chance. In her first ever online class, Dr. Jane Goodall teaches how you can conserve the environment. She also shares her research on the behavioral patterns of chimpanzees and what they taught her about conservation. You'll learn how to act locally and protect the planet.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I loved this class. Jane Goodall is an amazing story teller. She has a great caring demeanor with the ability to bring people together.

Mostly inspiration to complete the tasks I am working on through my own field of drama education and its role in social change. Thinking about what steps I can make personally to take better care of the environment.

This was a fuller story of Jane Goodall and her inspiring work. I thoroughly enjoyed all of it and I don't think you can take this class without being changed in some way.

The best class, by a longshot. Should be taught in middle school to everyone.


Bernardo F.

What a wonderful lesson! If you liked this one you must take Neil deGrasse Tyson's class, the message that both of them share is pretty similar and given that they've had a huge impact on how people think and have inspired millions all over the wolrd is just a proof that we can do it too, starting by ourselfes and then learning how to communicate efficiently.

Antonia T.

Now, this lecture I liked. Thanks. I get a rush when I see militant aggressive people. Those people often do very poorly when it comes to human relationships. I can understand their anger (I actually share it) but I don't think that the route of militant aggression goes anywhere. I'm personally very skeptical about humans as a species. I think that if the human species produced gas chambers in 42 and killed millions of innocent people (men, women and children) in the most brutal way, this is a species that is capable of any atrocity. But, as individuals, we are responsible of our actions, and I get astonished and disgusted at the fact that eating dead animals (grown in cages, tortured and slaughtered) is a common & enjoyable practice in the whole world, and very few people think that this is completely wrong and cruel, and very few people say anything about it.


I love the pig story. I can see you are a gifted story teller and now I am questioning my addiction to bacon! So, see you got me! You are so right that arguing is not the answer so your idea of touching people's hearts or asking them human questions, is a good one. I wish I had met you when I was young. I hope you talk to lots of school groups!

Diana H.

YES she is a gifted communicator and yes she does make a difference. I can't wait to read her Reason to Hope. I appreciate what she says about people becoming to militant or adversarial with these movements. She says her approach is to try and reach into peoples hearts by telling stories. She said usually it is rushed and she often only has limited time but she has to make a relationship to whoever she is speaking to, she listens to what they have to say, the only way she knows to get people to have sympathy is by connecting. She says telling people to become vegan is very difficult for many people. The way to change our old habits is by making meaningful changes. She also addresses conservatives who do not believe in climate change and how she reaches the hearts of people opposed to this advocacy. She tells stories. She does not tell people they are wrong or argue with them. She shares what she knows with compassion.

Andrew Stephen L.

WORLD TREE DAY 🌲 A small practical solution we could all take to plant just one tree in our gardens or give one to our friends if we have no garden. It was my Great Aunts Birthday who was 97-instead of flowers I gave her a house plant-that was known to produce a lot of electricity.She really looked at it like a friend that she has with her now! 😊Let’s bring more oxygen into our homes 🏡 and Gardens x


Dr. Goodall is a tireless communicator, I remember meeting her in a bookshop with My Children- probably 25 years ago at least, for a book signing. She has influenced countless, including Our Family ;.), with her life long Amazing and inspiring Work, and perhaps most, with her authentic generous Communication, Story Telling, Books, and Sharing of the Natural World. She is a tremendous gift, and hers is a very great legacy. A Treasure. Thank You!

Maria Lisa P.

Yes, Jane, your communication does make a difference. I have been listening to you since I was a child and hope to listen to you for many, many years to come. I love how you communicate positively with people, instead of criticizing, you do it in a way that teaches people.

Louanne F.

Also love the way she mentions again that everyone can do something every day - major change comes from millions of minor ones.

Debbie L.

best chapter ever! Such a good reminder to learn how to balance between giving information and letting the listener figure out the right answer

Yvette B.

It's one of the hardest things... relating instead of preaching. I will definitely implement the strategies mentioned in the video in my future social media posts. Thanks, Jane!