The Kindness Factor: Thriving in a Competitive World | Neelika Malavige | TEDxUSriJayewardenepura – Video

The Kindness Factor: Thriving in a Competitive World | Neelika Malavige | TEDxUSriJayewardenepura – Video

In the intriguing TEDx talk titled “Survival of the Kindest” by Neelika Malavige, she challenges the traditional notion of “survival of the fittest” and explores the concept of “survival of the kindest”. Drawing from her personal experiences in the world of research, Malavige highlights the power of collaboration, compassion, and kindness in achieving success and progress.

She reflects on her early research career in Oxford, where she faced personal challenges while conducting important experiments. With the support and kindness of her colleagues, she was able to overcome obstacles and achieve breakthroughs in her work. Malavige emphasizes the importance of kindness in fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation in research institutions.

As she delves into her experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, Malavige shares how a team of dedicated individuals came together to provide essential services and conduct research voluntarily. This spirit of kindness and cooperation enabled them to achieve remarkable results despite limited resources.

Malavige’s talk serves as a powerful reminder of the transformative impact of kindness in driving progress, innovation, and success in both personal and professional endeavors. By embracing a culture of kindness, individuals and communities can harness their collective potential to overcome challenges and achieve extraordinary outcomes.

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Author Video Description

Prof. Neelika Malavige is a renowned researcher and scientist from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. She is well known for her contributions particularly in the study of dengue and COVID-19. In this talk, she reflects on her career and shares the importance and value of being kind to each other in the pursuit of excellence. Neelika Malavige is a Sri Lankan academic, university professor, researcher and scientist. She currently serves as Professor at the Department of Immunology and Molecular Sciences of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, since 2020 and is also the Head of the Global Dengue Program at Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, Geneva. She is also an academic visitor at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford since 2008 and a member of the executive committee at the International Society for Infectious Diseases. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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Video “Survival of the Kindest | Neelika Malavige | TEDxUSriJayewardenepura” was uploaded on 06/11/2024 to Youtube Channel TEDx Talks