Freeconomy Blog - March 2011
TED conference in Porto
My normal reply to an email asking me to undertake anything like a 5,000km overland moneyless journey to do a 15min talk is a very polite decline. Such logic, however, goes right out the window when the email comes from someone organising a TED conference. I've been a huge fan of TED for the longest time now, not just because I find their online videos of their speakers massively inspiring and thought-provoking, but because of the philosophy which guides everything they do.
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Inspiring people, films, books, poems and music
Howard Thurman once wrote "Do not ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. For what the world needs right now is people who have come alive." You would think that doing what enthuses and excites us would be the easiest thing in the world, but the economic and societal model - the Machine - that we've all been born into makes it feel incredibly difficult to do so sometimes. Or at least we perceive it to be so.
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