Business, Politics & Society

Reasons for Hope (Cont'd)

Dr. Jane Goodall

Lesson time 0:09:53 min

Dr. Jane ends her MasterClass by reminding us that our work has just begun—and that our greatest tool for creating change is the one that we all share: the indomitable human spirit.

Dr. Jane Goodall
Teaches Conservation
In 29 lessons, Dr. Jane Goodall shares her insights into animal intelligence, conservation, and activism.
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Finally, there's what I call the indomitable human spirit, and there are icons out there illustrating the indomitable human spirit. So when I first got to Cape Town, it was the height of apartheid. Nelson Mandela was already imprisoned. And now, of course, thanks in large part to Nelson Mandela and that indomitable spirit that wouldn't give up, apartheid has ended in South Africa. Is there still racial discrimination? Yes, there is racial discrimination just about everywhere. But at least the ugly regime of apartheid is ended. And so I carry around with me a little piece of the limestone from the quarry where Nelson Mandela was forced to physical labor for 11 of his 27 years of imprisonment in Robben Island. And this little piece of limestone, for me, is very precious because it illustrates that indomitable spirit. And there are people I know with tremendous physical disabilities who lead lives that are so inspirational. So I met one of them just four days ago. Chris Koch, he's a Canadian. He was born with no legs, just one sort of. I don't know. It's about this long, coming out of his thigh. His arms come to here. He has no hands. And this incredible man, he's so full of life. He goes around the world on a skateboard. He kicks off with the little limb that he has. And children come, and at first, they're a bit scared. And then he goes to places like Cambodia, Vietnam, and he showed me photographs. And as he goes along the street, the children follow him as though he's a Pied Piper. And they cluster around him, and they're amazed. And this indomitable spirit shines through. He's so full of life. And he said, I was put together this way for a reason, and I'm going to help others who have disabilities to understand that this is not the end. And I'm going to help people who don't have disabilities to stop pitying and to realize that we disabled people have a role to play. I met another extraordinary person who lost a leg and an arm because a landmine exploded in Cambodia. He was there in the armed forces. And so he had always wanted to run marathons, and he overcame the pain in his legs. He began running marathons, and he actually ran the most tough marathon in the world on his prosthetic leg. And that is the marathon across the Sahara Desert. Unbelievable that you can run across the Sahara Desert, and this is the piece of the sock that he put over the stump on his leg to stop the sand from rubbing him raw. What an amazing man. And at the same time, I've got this little bell. And this bell is made from a landmine that was diffused in Cambodia. And it's something that I ring on the International Day of Peace. And something else that's amazing. This indomitable human spirit that's able to tackle everything, and giant forest rats have been trained. And I've met them, and I've seen the trainer. ...

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

Holy moley. Dr. Goodall is amazing, and truly an inspiration. I want my daughter to see this. I want everyone's young daughters to see this.

Absolutely loved her graceful teaching method and the way she has so much hope in children. Truly inspiring lady.

Jane has changed the way I look at my everyday. I will pass on as much as I can.

Jane's class gave me hope when I was in despair, and her message should be heard by all - for each of us, the animals, and the planet.


A fellow student

Well done, an inspiration to many. Jane Goodall has been one of my heroes since she first appeared on the cover of National Geo when I was a child. She gave me hope that a determined woman can realize their dreams.

Diana G.

Dr. Goodall's lesson alone was worth the price of this site. In my opinion, she is one of the most influential individuals of our time affecting conservation efforts around the globe. I am grateful for her inspirational message and insightful teachings.

Linda G.

I have seen Jane Goodall at St Louis Park in Minnesota and in Iowa City. She is so empowering and inspirational. I have great admiration and respect for her. I always learn from her. Thank you, Jane!

Angela K.

Wonderful class. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. I hope that we can all find a way to end animal cruelty.

Sherman S.

Incredible! Thank you Jane for your wisdom, humor and compassion. I've learned enough to take action in my life now.


I have learned so much from Dr. Jane Goodall's experience and wisdom. She is an inspiration and she has showed us that we can make a difference and to embrace our indomitable spirits. I enjoyed the positive stories she pointed out in a world of so much greed, sickness, and negativity. When I thought I had lost all hope in humanity, Jane tells us about a man in Cambodia that trained giant forest rats to diffuse land mines and help stop illegal animal trafficking. I hope that all people can become wiser and more compassionate for Mother Earth and all her inhabitants. Every creature is part of an ecosystem and has an important role to fulfill, not just as food on someone's plate or a so-called trophy on a wall. If rats can be trained to disarm landmines, then they are important and other creatures must be important too. As humans, we must learn to live more responsibly and holistically. Stopping the plastic wastefulness and adopting a more plant based diet can help keep our blue marble a beautiful home for generations beyond ourselves. Thank you, and now I will be listening to Dr. Jane Goodall again.

Joy F.

so so inspiring! I teach meditation/yoga to many millenials...and this message will be transported there, as well. Jane Goodall embodies the indomitable spirit we are yearning for, so simply and so humbly. I've been inspired since I saw her, in 1963, at the National Geographic Traveler's series in Washington, D.C.


Simple storytelling at its best. Thank you, Masterclass for making Dr. Jane Goodall accessible to the far reaches of someone's home. I laughed, I cried, and I acted. All simply because I chose to listen.

Mark S.

Phenomenal! Jane exudes hope and a saintly synthesis of head, heart, and spirit.


Thank you Dr. Goodall. I hope you live another 500 years to help us! I feel that everyone who spent the time to watch all 29 lessons will walk away a better person and change the world everyday with the little/big choices. Thank you for your knowledge, your spirit and your love.