From Dr. Jane Goodall's MasterClass

Reasons for Hope (Cont'd)

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.

Topics include: The Indomitable Human Spirit • A Call to Action


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.

Topics include: The Indomitable Human Spirit • A Call to Action

Dr. Jane Goodall

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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.

Jane Goodall has such a calm and compassionate disposition. I love her approach to problems and problem solving and working collaboratively to share what she has learned in a manner to make it accessible and not make people feel shamed or intimated. If anyone wants an example of someone to emulate with high emotional intelligence - it's Jane Goodall.

Listening to this amazing lady opened my eyes on the incredible large number of people who can actually see the beauty of our world as it is! Yes there is hope, yes we can do it, we can all learn to respect nature and so all the extraordinary beauties of it will be revealed to us! And then, we will have regained Paradise! Thank you Jane!

I love that Jane started at the very beginning for I feel I will be able to travel her journey as a companion as she achieves her dream.

All humans as a whole could greatly benefit from paying closer attention to Dr. Goodall's teachings.



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.

Ashok Mohan G.

Amazing and inspiring thank you so much I have learnt a lot and have been highly motivated. Thank you.

Michael O.

A while ago I built a community theatre in the shadow of a national theatre by sheer will and the community building skills Dr Jane speaks of so practically and eloquently here. I'd forgotten about how to do that for many years because I now live in a place that accepts mediocrity as brilliance, shuns my ideas. Dr Jane has shown me a way to re-embrace my indomitable spirit. Thank you.

Wiridiana P.

Dr Jane, you are such an inspiration. Thank you for this masterclass and all of your work. Super informative and moving! Keep changing the world.


Wow. What an inspiring way to end this masterclass! Dr. Jane’s course was insightful, empowering and motivating, and I’ve learned so much from her over these 29 lessons. Little opportunities for change that could be for the better are everywhere. We just need to have that drive to make a difference as Dr. Jane did :)


A life well lived! What an inspiring masterclass. Thank you Dr Goodall for sharing your life's journey and for giving us hope . "every little change can make a difference" .

Nathalia B.

How lucky we are to have Dr. Jane Goodall. She's a real treasure and I dare to say that we all have become better human beings by watching her class. What a wonderful role model and hero.

Arissa Y.

Thank you for such an inspiring class. Dr. Jane is one of the real models that I would like to follow. Even a little change that changes the interaction with other people, environment, community, and country. I will carry this hope to others, a little goes long way......:)

Patricia V.

Dr Jane, thank you for all. It's very inspiring. We will continue sharing the indomitable human spirit. Bless you <3

A fellow student

When you are treated like a god you begin to think you are a god. Child in the UK with no animals. Secretary in Africa. Observer of chimps. Doctorate without undergraduate degrees. Global warming expert. Expert in US farming and politics. Criticizes American farmers for cutting down forests to create farms where there were no trees. Clothes made of synthetic fibers. Leaves a large carbon footprint with all of her travels. An expert in child psycology and learning. An expert in solar energy cells and knows that the cells require no energy to build and they produce free energy. Solar farms do not harm the environment. Knows all about heating in northern China and Korea. Knows that water can not be treated and reclaimed. Knows that chemicals are BAD. Animal science is good and all other science is bad. Doesn't make use of modern communications to reduce her carbon footprint. Is a Brit that doesn't like the President that we elected. WOW! All of this and she is a year younger than I am! HUMANS ARE ANIMALS, TOO.