5 Ways to Give a Talk that Matters and Wows

Yesterday, I gave my “TED-like” talk at the How Kids Learn II Conference in San Francisco.  My 18 minute talk was about igniting a compassion revolution by putting girls center stage.  Judging from the responses I got afterwards, I did a good job.  I heard stuff like: “Stunning!” “A real highlight!” “You were so f#@ckin’ amazing!!”  More formal testimonials and video to come.   Continue reading

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Some Halloween Thoughts in a Fast Changing World

We spend our time responding rationally to a world which we understand and recognize, but which no longer exists. — Eddie Obeng

While we are all getting dressed up today in whatever scary or sexy or nutty or fantastic costume that suits our psyches for the moment, I think we should consider this: Perhaps the crazy, wacky, adventurous world that we seek – to escape the boring, humdrum, everyday one – is here.  Like, actually here…with us…right now.  Perhaps we have already created it.  Perhaps, if we take a moment to really look around and notice, we would fall into a black hole or rabbit hole or some kind of hole that lies just outside our front door.  And we’d be there.

Come to think of it, maybe we don’t seek this new world at all.  Maybe it scares us more than we are willing to admit.  Maybe falling down that rabbit hole means that there will be no room for our masks at all because, perhaps, maybe this crazy new world, is more real than we could ever imagine.  And, if we don’t have our masks on, everyone will be able to see that we have no idea what we are doing.  And that is what scares us.

Just some Halloween thoughts.

Here are some thoughts on Smart Failure by Eddie Obeng