Key Speakers

Bear Grylls OBE
Survival Expert and TV Presenter

Lindsey Stirling
BMG violinist

Dr Carol O’Donnell
Smithsonian

Katherine Blanchard 
Smithsonian

Tierney Thys
National Geographic

Andrew Brennen
National Geographic

Heather Small
BMG Artist

Captain Henson MBE
Athlete

Dr Tedros Adhanom
Director General of WHO

Henrietta H. Fore
Executive Director of UNICEF

Cynthia Germanotta
WHO Goodwill Ambassador

About this class

Having already focussed on the Global Body and the Global Heart in our first two inspirational classes, for our third class The Global Classroom switches its attention to the Global Mind. One Global Mind will attempt to address the second wave pandemic of mental illness that has swept the globe following the Covid-19 pandemic. We will be giving pupils new and exciting opportunities to discuss what’s on their mind with an incredible array of speakers.

Led by Scarisbrick Hall School, One Global Mind will illustrate how reconnecting with nature and taking time out to enjoy the environment can be a soothing influence on children’s mental health and wellbeing. Pupils are once again invited to take part in priceless discussions with prominent world figures, each with their own personal insights into how to achieve better mental health.

We are delighted to announce that survival expert, adventurer, television presenter and former SAS serviceman, Bear Grylls OBE, will be parachuting in (not literally!) to The Global Classroom to talk to us. We will also be joined by American violinist, Lindsey Stirling, and the voice of M People, Heather Small. Plus, we’ll be hearing from WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Mental Health, Cynthia Germanotta, and Invictus Games parasport athlete, Captain Dave Henson MBE.

It gives us great pleasure to welcome back National Geographic fellow, Andrew Brennen, who will be joined by National Geographic explorer and marine biologist, Tierney Thys. We will also have further invaluable contributions from the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). Joining us will be SSEC Director, Dr Carol O’Donnell; Division Director of Curriculum and Communications, and Katherine Blanchard, Professional Services Program Specialist.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Video Snippets

Heather Small - One Global Mind

Watch Heather Small talk about her struggles with shyness and mental health with students via the live One Global Mind conference. She advises on steps to take to boost confidence.

Bear Grylls - Q&A

Watch Bear Grylls, OBE talk with children across the world via the One Global Mind live stream about the importance of health and wellbeing.

David Henson – Q&A

Watch David Henson, MBE talk about his experience as a British Parasport Athlete and his recent transition to academia with students across the globe.

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