We all tend to let loose and kick back during summertime. Which is perfectly normal and totally fine. But it’s always hard to get back on track after summer. Here are some inspiring TEDx talks that will motivate you to get back on track, back to being productive. Or even becoming an innovator.
WE DO HAVE IMAGINATION. LET’S ACCES IT INSTANTLY! – Arabelle McIntyre-Brown
Arabelle McIntyre-Brown is an English writer from West Sussex. After tree decades of urban life in Liverpool she moved to the mountains of Transylvania in Romania. In London she was active in the art world. In Liverpool she became an editor for business magazines. Today in Romania, she’s working on loads of books and helping others to write. She organizes workshops and helps people polish their English and make it text proof.
TO MAKE A DREAM COME TRUE, FIRST YOU NEED THE DREAM
In this lecture Arabelle McIntyre-Brown explains us that innovation, creativity and imagination are three totally different things. It’s important to understand the difference between these three concepts, as you’ll need all three of them if you want to bring something new to the world we live in today.
Innovation is the act or process of putting something new into the world. It counts from the moment you put it out. But before you can even do that, you have to create it.
A creative person is someone who turns an idea into reality, who brings it to life. It’s the ability to make a dream come true. Creativity is not the same thing as being artistic. Obviously an artist is creative but so are some managers or even shop assistants. Everybody is able to take a creative approach to what they do. Often the creative person isn’t one person. It’s two or maybe even three people working together as one.
To make a dream come true, first you need the dream. This is what we call imagination. Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to find their imagination. Little kids don’t seem to have this problem. So how did we lose it? From school on we are told to put our imagination aside, to be obedient and compliant. Our whole lives we get all these rules drummed in our heads. Moreover, failure is never tolerated. It’s completely unacceptable. But inventions and innovations are all about trial and error.
DON’T BE AFRAID, THERE’S STILL HOPE
Everyone has a vivid imagination and it doesn’t take much effort to release it. Curiosity is key. We have to ask endless questions. “Why? Why not? How?” And the most important one: “What if?”. What if leads to best and most unpredictable ideas. From there on the creativity comes in. You have to make mistakes and start over again. Start today, why not start now?
THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF WRONG : THE ART OF INNOVATION – Aron Teo Lee
Aron Teo Lee attended Hampton University Virginia and graduated in psychology. His career path took a totally different direction. The following twenty years he was active in corporate sales, management and business development. In 2010 his path changed direction again, this time more in line with the dreams he had before. Since then he has been teaching people about design, engineering and innovation.
WE ALL HAVE A RAW SUPERPOWER
This will probably sound familiar. You wake up in the middle of the night. You get this big idea. It’s different from the other ones. You feel the energy flowing through your body. There is no logical explanation for the operating system that is our vivid imagination. It’s just the right amount of wrong that is always active in us.
IMAGINATION x INSPIRATION x MOTIVATION = ACTION
Let’s analyse this formula. When an idea shoots out of our imagination it has to have enough charge to activate inspiration. Which on his turn has to charge your motivation. The accumulated effect of al these pieces results in action!
RIGHT AMOUNT OF WRONG
Big ideas need the right amount of wrong. They’re not supposed to work off the bat. You need to put your idea out there so it can be challenged. An innovative idea can only go so far in one mind alone. Is the charge strong enough to empower you to fight for your idea. Even if you’re the only one that ever believed in it?
“INSPIRATION WON’T BEHAVE, IT’s CHAOTIC, IT’S CRAZY, IT’S THE BEAUTY AND THE MESS”
We all have this raw superpower. But somehow we’ve forgotten about it. As a child we were all artists. We drew, we sung and we told stories. We’ve built our whole mental capacity through arts. But eventually when our brains reaches a certain capacity, we shift to math, science, psychology, sociology or technology. Still it was art that empowered us in the first place. Most of us think they are no longer artists. In fact we still have this superpower. A raw superpower. Boiling within us. Inspiration won’t behave, it’s crazy, it’s the beauty and the mess. It can’t be tamed. Still we try to tame it, tell it what it’s supposed to do or be. Instead we should follow it where it’s headed for. All the greatest inventions were created with the right amount of wrong, it’s a key ingredient. The strive for perfection is the arch nemesis of the pursuit of innovation. Our ideas need to be challenged in order for them to get better and to see if you’re working in the right direction. Next time you wake up in the middle of the night, know you have the capabilities to fight for the future of your idea.
I STARTED A BLOGGER-REVOLUTION – Madeleine Alizadeh
Six years ago Madeleine Alizadeh started a website. She travelled through Asia and started blogging. Over time blogging became more and more popular. People were yearning for fashion bloggers. Madeleine became the average, cliché fashion blogger. About two years in, she was invited by a company to join a blogger event in Berlin. They paid for everything and gave her loads of free stuff.
As she became more popular quickly more and more companies contacted her and she received more and more free packages. Eventually she reached a point where she realised all this free stuff wasn’t making her happy. She was promoting the wrong things and decided to take another path.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN MARKETING
Before Madeleine started her blog she was a student in political science and ethnology. Yet she was promoting fast fashion items, which probably had blood on them. The big problem in blogger culture is that everything evolves around monetising your blog. Everyone wants to become the next millionaire blogger.
Uploading a picture promoting a cheap fast fashion item is like telling one hundred thousand people that it’s ok to buy under priced clothing. In here first years of blogging she learned that social responsibility is much more important than marketing.
LET’S BE HONEST DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CLOTHES COME FROM
The fashion industry is in the top 5 of most polluting industries in the world. Every year the world buys an average of eighty billion pieces of clothing. Do you even know they have blood on them? Are you aware of the fact that people die making our clothes? And they just are being replaced so we can keep buying clothes.
I DON’T WANT TO BE PART OF THIS
Madeleine could no longer live with this idea. In November 2013 she decided to turn a new leaf. She felt like it was here responsibility and as a blogger and a person. She stopped promoting fast fashion, hence these big stores. From then on she only promoted sustainable and conscious consumerism and endorsed great projects benefiting a good cause. She broke all the rules there when it comes to being a fashion blogger. And now she’s happier, happier with less! She wants to encourage people to use their voice in a right way. Make a difference.