National Geographic Live

Jodi Cobb

Image by Jodi Cobb, National Geographic.

Every year National Geographic sends out their top filmmakers, researchers, writers and photographers to talk about their work. We were lucky enough to catch a few of these talks and we’re so happy we did. Here are four reasons we think you should attend this incredible series. National Geographic Live talks are held at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Tickets are $20-$40. See the full list of Seattle speakers here.

1.    You might just learn something

The point of National Geographic Live talks is to educate. Whether it’s about the mysterious lives of wolves or a detailed look at the secret lives of Japanese geishas, National Geographic Live educates its audience about real things that have happened in history and real things going on in the world today. And, you’ll hear it straight from the explorer’s mouth.

2.   The speakers are really good

When we told you that the talks were educational you might have pictured yourself snoozing in a chair. Let’s face it educational lectures aren’t always exciting. But, these speakers make it worth it. They’re fantastic (we’re not just saying that). Not only are they incredibly passionate about their work, they’re rehearsed and inspring. This isn’t their first time in front of a crowd and they know how to tell stories that wrap around interesting facts. They really are what make these talks worth wild.

3.    The visuals are incredible

Leave it to National Geographic to blow you away with their photography. These talks don’t just tell you a story, they let you see it. I highly recommend seeing Jodi Cobb in March. She was the first women photographer at National Geographic and she’s as brilliant on stage as she is behind the camera. She will take you down her career’s winding road that travels all over the world. She’s an inspiration not just to women but photographers, researchers, creative types and more. She’ll show you her photography as she takes you on this magnificent journey.

4.    You might just believe in the magic and wonder of the world again

Remember when you were a kid and the world just felt so massive and remarkable? A time before you got caught up in your work and school? When your backyard felt like an infinite playground full of mystery and adventure?  For National Geographic speakers, their feeling about the world hasn’t altered much from their childhood. The whole world is their backyard and they live for the thrill of exploring it. They expose things you never knew and add more dramatic facts to the things you thought you knew everything about. Through their outlook on the world, you’ll transport back to your youthful state of mind when anything felt possible and the Earth was a marvelous abyss. If you never lost the magical, childish feeling you’ll be reunited will your kind.

is the managing editor at 425 magazine. Email her.
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