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Julie Gerland: Nurture versus nature | TEDx Aix

The ability to connect, collaborate and be creative will help create good leaders of the world.

Research shows that unborn children whose mothers are stressed and anxious are more likely to be born with difficulties later on in life. Unborn children subjected to stress and hostility can be affected in different ways, but will be more likely to have emotional and behavioural problems, or be slower to learn. We all have a responsibility to ensure that our world is a less hostile place so that our children are born and grow up in an atmosphere that is friendly rather than threatening.

By making choices that ensure our planet exists in a friendlier and more sustainable environment, we are helping to nurture the next generation of leaders. This new generation of leaders will be more capable of connecting and collaborating with others in the workplace, as well as being more confident and creative. Other benefits from a less hostile environment will be a reduction in illness and crime. It is possible that we can all become the stewards of this beautiful planet and learn to live together in peace and in sustainability.

Julie Gerland is an early parenting pioneer. She is the Chief Representative of OMAEP (World Organisation of Prenatal Education Associations) at the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council.

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