Nora Jaccaud





TEDx Talk


Human Postcards is an ongoing series of 60 second video portraits, capturing the inspirational and often powerful messages of everyday people from around the world.

My passion in life is to learn from others by observing and listening. As a child I would collect stories from people the way kids collect seashells. Nothing could stop my curiosity. Languages became a tool to open more doors.

With time, my need to share stories and create connections led me to become a story teller. Being a part of Human Postcards fuels this passion, by capturing these moments for others to experience.

Hope diminishes Fear with Nora Jaccaud #isharehope Episode 119

Summary: Nora’s answer to the five questions! Listen to the full conversation on the player above; also available on iTunes and Stitcher.

Question 1: How do you define hope or what is your favorite quote about hope?

Nora Jaccaud:

“The most important thing is to try because trying is the first step towards the future.” ~Jake, a triple amputee in New Zealand, guest of The Human Postcards

Question 2: Who has shared the most hope with you?

Nora Jaccaud:

My parents because I grew up in a very special house which is a home that welcomes artists and writers and thinkers from all around the world and gives them a place to stay and feed them and give them a place to think. To grow up in this place gave me the feeling that hope and beauty and love is in everyone if you just open your doors and you just welcome the unknown. Those people just might be passing by your life, but they can bring something to you. They can bring a little seed of knowledge, a little bit of wisdom, love and attention and you can give this back to them.

To grow up in this house, just this platform of interesting people passing by, meeting, discussing how to change the life, how to change the world, how to build it in a better way, all of this has been a great source of inspiration for me and I thank my parents for that.

Question 3: How have you used hope to make it through a difficult time in your life?

Nora Jaccaud:

When I tried to prepare for this one, I didn’t really have an answer for it but of course it hasn’t always been happy times. I’m not an exception. I guess I try to look at people around me and see that I am in a very special position because if you just look at yourself positively and look at what you have already, you can find good and you can find positive and you can always find the hope inside of yourself. What’s very important I think is not to always search in the outside, in other people, but to believe that hope mostly comes from within you. That needs to be a very strong ground to build your life on so even when times are hard, look inside yourself and trust yourself.

Question 4: How are you sharing hope today?

Nora Jaccaud:

Mostly I share hope by being interested in people. It can be a simple smile and asking with an intention of getting an answer on how this person is feeling. I love also to compliment people. I find it such an easy and lovely way to live your everyday life. Just the person who works in the shop and is serving you, someone you see on the street, just to tell them something about their smile, something about the way they behave, something you notice that is very particular just to show the other person that you see them and that you see them in their uniqueness and that you acknowledge their presence in this planet and you’re interested. This is a very interesting to do every day. If I don’t do it every day, I feel something is a bit missing almost like not being grateful enough to be where you are.

Question 5: How should I (the listener) begin to grow in hope or share hope today?

Nora Jaccaud:

(1) Smile.
(2) Compliment people.
(3) Check out Project Human Postcards. The premise is everyone has a story to share and we hope to inspire people to ask more questions and learn more about each other.

Listen to the full conversation on the player above; also available on iTunes and Stitcher.