Making a difference

Making a difference

I was talking to a friend about the people that made a real difference for me while I was in undergrad. They weren’t the tutors but the support staff;

The security guy Dom, who knew everyones names, a few sentences in their language and would spot when you weren’t feeling great or hadn’t been in the studio for a while.

The technicians Abi and Bim. Abi would give you a tutorial when you wanted to make something but weren’t sure (he saved so many projects). He’d help you design something so beautiful and ingenious, then you’d take it to Bim to look at how you could actually make it. He’d simplify it.

They were the people that gave people hope and put smiles on their faces everyday, and they didn’t need to get recognition to do that.

You can make a difference whatever your role :).

Video

Kelly Sue DeConnick: Make Them Uncomfortable

Kelly Sue DeConnick: Make Them Uncomfortable from 99U on Vimeo.

This talk is amazing not just because of Kelly’s words of wisdom but because it’s the first time I’ve seen someone apologise for not taking the opportunity to write a more diverse story. Really touched me!

Here are her insights into how to make people uncomfortable
  1. Lead with your heart– follow your truth
  2. Find your group– people are willing to be uncomfortable together, be vulnerable, your uncomfortable audience
  3. Foster community
  4. Listen– you must listen, it’s a gift of intimacy we make the maps that illustrate our connections, listen with our whole hearts and imagine what the world must look like from another perspective
  5. Seek to be uncomfortable yourself– “You don’t get to be a good guy just because you figure you’re not a bad guy”
Genius- creating connections

Genius- creating connections

“Some see genius as the ability to connect the unconnected, to make juxtapositions, to see relationships where others can not. This is also the definition of madness.” —Dana Scully’s field journal, October 24, 1993

“That’s the real lesson of where good ideas come from that chance favours the connected mind.” Steven Johnson

The alphabet vs. the goddess

The alphabet vs. the goddess

Thought provoking lecture by Dr. Leonard Shlain, on the rise and fall and current rise of the feminine. He explores the left and right hemispheres of the human brain and how dominance of reading and writing which use ‘masculine’ parts of our brain correlated with the patriarchal society the west is emerging from today. It was interesting to hear about the advent of television which uses the image centres of our brain and generates the same energy as meditation.

Some insights:

Left hemisphere:

processes language, words,

one thing at a time

Devoted to time

Right hemisphere:

Processes image, information, emotions

All at once

Devoted to space

“We traded and ear for an eye”

“The message changes when it is written”

We need a balance within our culture and within each individual