My 12 year anniversary at Tourism Australia is today.
I have spent my time here with many, many, fine people.
Some past, some present, and I’m sure some future as well.
Watching this vid this morning says all of that much better than I can (even if he takes a 20 mins to say it).
PS. Simon Sinek rocks as a speaker. If you liked this one, then try this shorter one http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html
PPS. I am going to the 1st Sydney CreativeMornings session on Friday, which this is a feature of…
This Friday 15th October is Blog Action Day 2010 and the topic is Water.
Lots of other blogs will be talking about things like how water quality in poorer areas impacts health, or how competition for water between farmers and animals puts pressure on the natural order of things. Some will talk about water as a human right, since today nearly one billion people lack access to safe drinking water.
My blog will be about thirst.
I’m a big believer in people being able to change their station by working hard, learning new skills and putting those things to good use with their own practical innovation. In almost all cases though, the person has to want it. They have to want it badly. They have to want it so badly that they can go without some of the things that have made them comfortable doing what they have been doing.
Maybe the thing they will go without is the income that will pay for the new big screen TV. Maybe it will be the peace between friends and colleagues as they rock the boat a little. Maybe it will be the certainty about where their life is going.
The thing they give up is not likely to be food or water though – which says something about just how important those things are.
Imagine if you had a thirst for getting more out of life but your unquenched thirst for water was stronger.
If you can help, then please do.
If you can’t help, then please talk to people until you find someone who can.
PS. “He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well” – Baltasar Gracian
If you know anything about DARPA then driverless cars is not a surprise to you. Trying to get a car to do the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb at speed (like Audi is going to do) or negotiate a full on urban situation (like Google is going to do) is quite a step further. The Audi thing is more like a “because it’s there” kind of challenge, but the Google version is about doing good in the world and reducing the road toll (something we obsess over in Australia (in comparison to deaths per capita shown here or here). IDEO think we need a better set of controls to make driving a car easier for us to help that, but we haven’t done that well with remote controls so far.
So why are there problems like this in the world? Maybe we are phoning it in or just going through the motions? Maybe there is something repressing about general company culture? Maybe we are scared at the high price of being brave and doing the things we must, and how that will look? Or maybe we are being held back by an unconscious sense of familiarity? Maybe we need a better challenge – after all, it is certainly possible for to make the sun shine in the dark.
I hope I have the energy to strive for above average when it matters – even when it seems like it doesn’t.
PS. ”The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” – Benjamin Mays
I posted out via Twitter the other day a TED talk by Steven Johnson “where great ideas come from”. (Same video at YouTube).
The guts of this one are fairly simple – Eureka moments aren’t really the way we come up with anything. It’s actually more like a slow hunch and assisted by our liquid networks. Ideas take time to form, and often we will benefit from connecting with other ideas to help us solve them (even though they are distracting).
The example he uses in the longer version of how Sputnik helped created a key element of control of nuclear submarines in the cold war which helped create GPS systems that we now all take for granted, as well as his story of Darwin’s theory of evolution are both compelling.
As a 20 minute TED talk its good, but if you can’t be bothered listening for that long, then maybe you will like this 4 min animated annotated version that is also floating around – plus it will help you connect with other ideas in the 16 minutes you have saved.
I just love that I now have a really good excuse for why I am looking at my long and strange RSS reading list when I am trying to solve a problem I don’t have a ready answer for.
PS. “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’, but ‘That’s funny …’” – Isaac Asimov
I think/hope my blog will be best defined by something from a Simpsons Halloween episode (Tree House of Horrors VII, 1996) where Kang and Kudos have taken over the bodies of Bob Dole and Bill Clinton and are vying to become President of the USA.
I want to move forward, not backward; upward, not downward; and always twirling, twirling toward the future freedom.”
– Kang (as Bill Clinton).
Hopefully the following posts are full of inspiration, ideas, and provoking points.
Isn’t this going to be fun!
PS. “It’s only when you have the courage to step off the ledge that you’ll realize you’ve had wings all along”. (From Gail Goodwin’s Blog)
Thanx to Dead Homer Society for the correction