Here are some of my highlights: (I’ll update the blog with links to the videos once they are uploaded)
Can being weird make you rich and happy? This is the question that Dr. Crosby presented at the outset. He said that we are at our best when we embrace our quirks. We are at our worst when we go with the herd. I really loved how he talked about the idea of principled defiance and taking a stand for what is right.
I really hope his book of dark children’s poetry gets published. I’d definitely read it. I loved that he ended with this stanza from one of his poems:
So when you feel misunderstood,
I’ll tell you what you ought to do,
Don’t run and cry or swear and fuss,
you don’t fit in – you’re one of us.
See another TEDx talk by Daniel Crosby here.
“Extreme poverty is a lack of meaningful choices for basic human rights.” The best ideas about ending poverty start with those who are in poverty themselves. We need to unlock the leadership potential of people trapped in extreme poverty. This is the greatest crisis of our time today. 1.5 million people die every month from causes related to extreme poverty. There must be a sense of urgency about this.
“Creativity, to me, is simply problem solving.” We need to see everyone as inherently creative and stop associating creativity just with the arts. What about the car you drive? Or the clothes you wear? Or the chair you are sitting in? Those were all thought of by designers. Creativity is so much more than just the arts.
“One of the most powerful intersections in life is coming face to face with the questions we don’t know we don’t know.” Problems can get solved much faster in life when we learn to ask the right questions.
The important and difficult job is never to find the right answer, it is to find the right question…
To inspire people to ask more questions, Hal has started the 4-24 Project. He encourages people to set aside 4 minutes every day to ask nothing but questions about a problem they are facing. This is definitely something I need to do more of and plan on implementing right away.