Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining @joshdilworth, @mickmillsap, @eugeneaustin, @bmenell, @jeffdachis, among few lucky others, in attending Austin’s first TEDx conference. Although there was a “no tweet” policy, McCombs sponsored a live stream of the event for all to see and hear. The speakers and performers remained a mystery until the day of the event which made some nervous, but was exciting to me. When was the last time you went into something not knowing what to expect? In the end, all were impressive and some were great.
Doug Ulman - I had the pleasure of meeting Doug recently, who gave me and a small group of ADLers a tour of Livestrong HQ. Doug is incredibly passionate and is doing amazing things for those battling cancer. Although TEDxATX’s theme was “Play Big”, Doug impressed on us that small is the new big. I was shocked by one thing that he said, which was that there will not be a cure for cancer; however, if we all give, we will all profit. “Non-profit” is a misnomer.
Steve Tomlinson - Steve, a professor at Acton MBA, told us to not discard our passions. The only thing we should discard is the traditional notion of a career. We don’t need one, we just need a calling, which is where a passion meets a need. Lead with what you love and don’t blink.
Richard Garriott - He’s been to space. He is one of only 7 private citizens who can say that, and the other 6 are Russian oligarchs. His father was also an astronaut, making him the only second generation space traveler in history. He was probably the biggest “rock star” at the event and is a true visionary. His speech can be summed up with one phrase - it’s not rocket science anymore. Start planning your vacation…to space.
The Best of the Rest:
Rip Esselstyn preached a plant-based diet and informed us that only 12% of the average American’s diet is plant-based, and half that is french fries!
Chris Shipley told us to forget about the Fortune 100 and think about the Fortune 500,000. The next great innovations will come from that group.
Janet Maykus, a theologist, asked us to play big by listening to the people in our lives. She said the average number of friends has decreased from 3 to 2. facebook friends are presumably not factored in to that research…
Mark Rolston asked us if we’d trade an eye for a computerized one, like the Terminator. He said social norms are changing and that we will eventually interact seamlessly with technology, a la Minority Report.
John Pointer - Hopefully they will post a video of his performance at TEDx, because it was amazing.