Bruno Carre

Brussels, Belgium

About Bruno

Bio

I have a degree in English and Russian translation and in Marketing & Advertising. I work now as a freelancer in communication ("brand content"). Each day, I have to learn something new and digest it so I can sleep better. Each day, I'm more and more convinced that soft skills matter much more than hard skills. Each day, I believe that ideas such as the ones being presented by TED need to reach the decision-makers. Each day, I realize that it is not the case on one hand, while on the other hand things move slowly in the right direction..

Languages

Dutch, English, French, Russian

Areas of Expertise

communication, Business design & strategy

I'm passionate about

music, humor, arts, education, typography, food, cinema, comic books, travels, photography, nature!

Talk to me about

education, design, arts, failure and success stories.

People don't know I'm good at

writing, cooking, cycling!

My TED story

One GREAT day of my life was the day I found Ken Robinson's speech about education and creativity ("Why do schools kill creativity?"). Another great moment was John Maeda's speech about Simplicity.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Bruno Carre
Posted almost 3 years ago
why we fall in love?
Why? There's no answer to that imho. "the heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of". (Blaise Pascal, French philosopher). In my books, this is the best explanation that I've found so far. It's what we, humans, do in life. We fall in love and sometimes fall (out of) love. I fell in love several times, thinking (sorry: feeling) she was the One. Got married. Divorced. Fell in love again and then fell. The best way to cope with love when love hurts is to learn more about yourself and love yourself. Falling in love will happen again. I strongly believe that people feeling good about who they are and being happy with what they do kind of radiates and attracts the attention of people. If it hurts losing someone you love, you will be able to enjoy even more the next relationship, don't worry. Last but not least, here is a quote by Churchill: 'if you're going through hell, keep on going". One day you will wake up and feel this lost love no longer hurts and you will be ready again to fall in love.
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Bruno Carre
Posted almost 3 years ago
Was Abraham Lincoln a hero or a traitor?
I think you can divide your question into 2 views: one US-centric and one "world-centric". In school books around the world, he remains the man who stood up against slavery but everyone knows the causes are diverse and history is always written by the winners. But why "traitor"? That must be a US-centric question. As a non-US citizen, I'm curious.
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Bruno Carre
Posted almost 3 years ago
Obama vs Romney
Well David, Pat, thank you for your comments. It's interesting to read US citizens' points of view. In Europe there is a big cliché about Dems and Reps, and this helps to nuance that. @Edward I really don't believe electing a President is choosing a future. It seems to me that if the US do not have both a president and a congress on the same side, Congress will block every measure promoted by the president and vice versa. Next to that, I'm always interested in the idea of the Free World by some US citizens. It's true that the power of the US to act on the international scene remains IMHO unmatched, but US action abroad is no longer black & white. It was for WWII, wasn't for Vietnam, was in a way for Koweit (although do not tell me it was to free the people, other countries were invaded and people massacred without US interventions. Syria is just a painful example). Certainly not true for Irak (one of the biggest lies in recent history) etc. In Europe some people say the US political debate is held hostage by people with extremist views (powerful religious groups for example, or the NRA) which doesn't help the candidates to share some common views that could benefit the people, it lacks finesse (nuance). In a nutshell it's polarized with nothing in between. I still believe politics is an art where compromises must be made and where one must try to understand and agree on some points with the other side. It seems to me it's become impossible and that the most ugly tactics are used against each other, the kind that tarnish the image of politicians and keep bringing common people further away from the politicians.
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Bruno Carre
Posted almost 3 years ago
why money money money ?money !why ?do we really need money ?
What Krisztian says is IMHO totally right. People with no money might look for it. Buy a big car, fancy watch, Armani jeans and so forth. But people with lots of money realize money was "cool" up to a certain point. Check Maslow's pyramid, you need something else once money is out of the happiness equation because you have enough of it. And yes, I firmly believe you can be happy with little money, provided you do what you love.
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Bruno Carre
Posted almost 3 years ago
What was not taught in school that you realize, REALLY should have been? (Why?)
Hi Geneviève, + 1 for Sex Ed. I've made myself a t-shirt saying "I went 18 years to school and never learned anything about sex". It is an important element in one's life, why do we have to learn it by ourselves, why is such a taboo? The first time I had sex I was clueless. - Collaborative achievement (vs Individual performance). Unless a job doesn't involve contact with other people (but which one doesn't?), collaboration is crucial. Schools put the A students on a pedestal. That is in my book individual performance rewarded. Big mistake as once we start our professional life, success mainly depends on how you work well with others. - Courage. Meaning to dare. Meaning be prepared for failure, which can lead to creativity. Sir Ken Robinson's speech on creativity is a big wake up call. Courage also means that children would learn to trust themselves better, even if they are not A students, which means there is a bigger chance they will find what they love and strive to do it. How many people are unhappy in their jobs because it is not a calling but only a way to put bread on the table? I know this very well because I've been in this situation. Good question :-) Greetings Bruno