BY DEOLU ADESANYA
I don’t know if this happens to you, but sometimes I just go on the internet to watch or listen to a successful person’s story on Youtube and similar other platforms. One website I have found to be absolutely useful is TED.com. I love the idea behind the TED videos, talks and conferences. After reading this, you could have a look at the website (But make sure to return to our blog afterwards :)).
Now, although CreativityTurf is just a blog, one of the ideas we had in setting up the blog is for it to have the ability to unleash the imagination and creativity of its readers. And this is what I get sometimes on TED and that’s why I will love to talk about Chris Anderson the owner of TED.
The actual Founder of TED is Richard Saul Wurman and it was a for-profit conference up until 2002 when Chris Anderson with his sapling foundation stepped in and turned it to an idea-based non-profit endeavour and a platform for identifying and disseminating ideas worth spreading.
Before this, Chris was a science journalist and back in the mid 80’s, people laughed at him, when he said he wanted to start his own computer magazine (As always there will always be doubters of your capability and your idea you have to learn not to listen to them) then over the next 15 years he built Future Publishing and when it went public, it was valued at $2 billion. Things weren’t all rosy for Chris, It took 8 years for his business to have 300 employees, and in a day, 21 February 2001, he laid off 350 employees, and over the next couple of months the company laid off over a thousand employee. Chris lost almost 2 billion in less than 2 years. Connecting the dots backwards, Chris later asked himself, how did he let his personal happiness get tied up with business? I have gotten to find out that, one of the worst things in life is for one to once be wealthy and later on lose almost everything in life. Where you see your net-worth diminish on a daily basis. I once spoke to a multi millionaire who told me, “Its better not to have at all, than to be a once-had”. But while in this state Chris started reading again, and also during the period he did the deal for TED.
Note To Self: In me is the ability to bounce back from any form of disappointment.
Chris Anderson calls himself the curator of TED, which started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design and hosts conferences in the US and Europe each year. But what I find interesting about this conferences are, it brings a collection of interesting thinkers and talkers from all over the world, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).
I watched the video of William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind a Malawian inventor (please take time to watch it) and also Microsoft Bill Gates unleashed live mosquitoes into the auditorium during a talk on malaria because “there’s no reason why only poor people should have the experience”. Some other interesting videos are Ken Robinson on schools killing creativity and Steve Jobs on how to live before you die.
I love the idea behind TED; one day we at CreativityTurf want the true power of CreativityTurf to lie in its ability to unleash the imagination and creativity of its readers. We believe we become successful when we help others to also become a success.