My TedX Talk is below. It’s embedded in a handy little YouTube player. You can sit back and spend the next 18 minutes (that you won’t ever get back) watching it. Be warned: the sound is shitty and the camera angle is a little weird. Frankly, I’m a little bit ‘fat Elvis’ in February, 2011. But you can hear me and you can (SPOILER ALERT!) almost — almost — see me cry. It’s one of those TedX talks.
I can understand if you’d rather not give it a go. Attention is the new currency. Or maybe it’s creativity. Anyway, 18 minutes is a lot. It’s like four months of non-stop tweeting. Hell, I gave the talk and it has taken me MONTHS to sit down and watch it. But for those of you who have been asking me, ‘What ever happened to that Ted talk you gave? Why can’t I see it anywhere? Where the hell is your newsletter?” here is the talk. And about that newsletter: an email from me is coming this week.
This isn’t the talk I thought I would give. The talk I intended to give is described here: Designing for Serendipity in the Real World. This talk–the one that I gave–was inspired by the moment and the audience and the wonderful talks that came before it from:
- entrepreneur and painter Ric Dragon,
- author Martha Frankel,
- author Marianne Schnall, — she owns http://www.feminist.com – no shit.
- Kevin Callabro, founder of the indy label, the Royal Potato Family,
- creative arts therapist, Blair Glaser, and
- Peter Wallace, founder of the Brooklyn Artists Gym, painter, theater director, minister and so much more.
Anyway, in this talk I do talk about what it takes to design your life so more serendipity happens. And most importantly, I talk about how change is always so so so close at hand. Sometimes all you have to do is find a few things: a wig, a new outfit, and maybe yourself in the process. Enjoy.
Thanks to Megan Leigh of Lalita Healing Collective for putting this together and making me put more of myself into the world.
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