I have loved Isabel Allende's books over the years. Blending that special Latin magical realism with history, both real and imagined, her stories capture the passion possible through characters that mirror our world.
She was a guest speaker for a TED conference. These 18 minutes will make you laugh and will inspire you towards the change that most of us are wishing for our world: justice, freedom and kindness. This was filmed in 2007 but is more than relevant for today.
See her books and learn more about Isabel Allende on her website.