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Yossi Ghinsberg            

Israeli Motivational Speaker, Tech Entrepreneur & Author; Known for Having Been Stranded in A Remote Part of the Amazon

Yossi Ghinsberg is an Israeli motivational speaker and author. He is known for having been stranded in an uncharted part of the Amazon rainforest in Bolivia for three weeks in 1981, surviving against all odds.

A philosopher of life, Ghinsberg is a man of passion, fixed resolve and a connector of people. He believes that nothing promotes growth more than an unexpected experience and unconventional thinking. In these times of great challenge and change, his “Power to Survive” message is timely.

Ghinsberg was born and raised in Israel and served three years in the Israeli navy on the Red Sea. During this time, he befriended the Bedouins of the Sinai Desert whose wholesome philosophy and nomadic lifestyle greatly influenced his life’s path.

He studied Jewish Philosophy and Business Administration at Tel Aviv University, followed by a comprehensive study of the ‘Kabala’ in authentic environments. A truth seeker by an inner calling, Ghinsberg continues to study the religions and philosophies of the past and present – including the Ancients, the Classics, Eastern, Contemporary and the Shamanic path.

Ten years after almost losing his life in the Amazon, he returned to the river valley that was the site of his remarkable adventure and made it his home. During this period, he was instrumental in the creation and construction of Chalalan, a model eco-tourism village that inspires the Amazon basin and the world to this day. His work with indigenous Amazon tribes contributed to the creation of the Madidi National Park, the largest biosphere conservation belt in the Amazon.

The next phase of his life was dedicated to the treatment, rehabilitation, and reintegration of opiate addicts throughout the world as Vice President of The Center for Investigation & Treatment of Addiction (CITA). Ghinsberg promoted a new approach to the treatment of opiate addiction, establishing 12 treatment and research centers around the world from Mexico to China. He also founded ‘The Alma Libre Foundation’ based in Australia, dedicated to assisting opiate addicts in their re-integration into society.

He is the founder of a new interior and landscape design label named Collecteco, which represents his never-ending roaming of the planet, his commitment to ecology, his connection to nature, and his respect for indigenous cultures.

Ghinsberg is also a tech-entrepreneur and the founder of the mobile applications Headbox, designed to integrate all social media activity into one feed, and Blinq, which provides social media and activity live updates. He is also involved in grassroots efforts for reconciliation and healing in the Middle East.

His survival story was enacted in the 2017 psychological thriller Jungle, which starred Daniel Radcliffe as Ghinsberg. Ghinsberg's story was also featured in the documentary series "I Shouldn't Be Alive" on Discovery Channel.

As an author, Ghinsberg's bestselling books include 1993's "Back from Tuichi" and 2008's "Laws of the Jungle: Jaguars Don't Need Self-Help Books."

Ghinsberg is married and the proud father of four children. They live in Israel and Australia.

Speech Topics


The Power to Survive

"Adversity is part of life; being a victim is a matter of choice," speaker Yossi Ghinsberg says. His amazing true story of survival is a timeless metaphor for how to face up to the challenges and uncertainties of everyday life. After being separated from his friends, Ghinsberg wandered lost and alone for three weeks in the heart of the Amazon. He somehow managed to survive without food or weapons and during what was the worst rainy season in decades, until he was miraculously saved. His message of fortitude and survival is always timely and always appropriate for any group, anywhere. He speaks to what it means to be human and shows us how we all possess the power to survive, even in the most extreme situations. His message is inspiring and hopeful, leaving his audiences uplifted and empowered.

Laws of the Jungle

Jaguars Don’t Need Self-help Books: A master practitioner of corporate spirituality, Yossi Ghinsberg introduces this pioneering work of incorporating principles and guidelines from nature…the natural world…the planet as a whole and the cosmos and draws their relation to the management of our personal and professional lives. Audiences are intrigued by the unique cutting-edge human thinking that provokes and challenges the conventional, suggesting an alternative outlook on life and a new path of action toward wellbeing and success. Empowering and encouraging, Ghinsberg’s ‘Laws of the Jungle’ teaches: we are the co-creators of this life; assuming responsibility yields power; what we resist persists; and casting our vision upon the future forms a new path.

Sailing the Seas of Change

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives or the most intelligent, but the one most adaptable to change," Charles Darwin once wrote. A real-life example of this tenet, speaker Yossi Ghinsberg offers a keynote that delivers a journey, not just a lecture. He takes his audiences away from their everyday realities, offering them a different perspective on what change really is - and how to use it. Accepting change as a natural phenomenon is the basis of sanity; knowing how to flow with the change is the greatest of virtues. This is the most basic and relevant wisdom that can help us better manage our work and our lives. Ghinsberg explains how surrendering to the power of change doesn't mean one is helpless or powerless. Individuals and organizations will always be faced with change. His insights help everyone see change in a positive way - not as an obstacle to be overcome, but an opportunity to be grasped.

The WEvolution Revolution

Passionate and positively charged with contagious optimism and original ideas, this latest keynote from Yossi Ghinsberg recounts a story of the tremendous power to create a new reality and change the world. The WEvolution Revolution is the story of Yossi’s amazing adventure of building “Chalalan,” an eco-tourism resort in the heart of the Bolivian Amazon. It inspires organizations and attendees to keep looking forward, adapt to timely ideas, adopt new values and take risks. Attendees leave this talk with the power to create a new reality and change the world.

Key messages related during this talk:

  • Recognize and capitalize on the notion that there is abundance in scarcity
  • Why your organization needs to embrace change to create stability
  • How your organization can create its own eco-system, both internally and externally

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