When do you have to predict the future? I’m not talking about the kind of tiny and important predictions we make every day like predicting whether we will get hit by a car if we cross a highway during rush hour, or whether our amorous proposals will be accepted or rejected. I’m talking about seemingly more complicated predictions. Perhaps you’re planning for an adventurous life change or launching a new venture or product. How do you personally consider what might happen?
TEDxPortland, with its great and good speakers, crisp orchestration, and fun musical performances, was a crushing success.
TED conferences create convergence and cross-pollination of people and ideas from the fields of technology, entertainment and design. Few talk, many listen. Most come away with her or his own beautiful lessons, takeaways and answers. Some act on them. The trail between those who are inspired and those who act on that inspiration is often paved by a few curious questions.
The key to making things understandable is to understand what it’s like not to understand. Richard Saul Wurman, Founder of TED
It is dangerous not to see now as the urgent time to usher in the Age of Curiosity. Just ask the hilariously brilliant Amy Schumer. WTH does Amy have anything to do with curiosity? Great! You’re curious.
If you skip all these words of foreplay and jump right down to the bullet points (like we all do–so busy we are!), you’ll make the case for curiosity in that one action alone. If not, here’s your case for curiosity now:
I knew something horrible had happened. The sound scared me before I felt anything more than a weird sensation. Immediately the intense sympathy I could never quite muster for people complaining of backaches came rushing in with the pain.
The culprit was one of those huge tractor tires in a torturous bootcamp exercise class. As per instructions, I was flipping it over and over. If I had been paid to do it, I would have refused on the principle that it was workplace endangerment. In this case, I was actually paying real money to do this.