There’s a team of innovative folks that’s been meeting for several months to plan interactive activities for our March 22 TEDxGreenville. Among them is Joey Loman who is also a member of the Greenville Makers Group. Joey tells us about how the two groups connected and the magic time during meetings. Using a 3-D printer, the Greenville Makers created a little TEDx love for our photo.
I was completely surprised when the members of the TEDxGreenville Interactive Team adopted me as a team member. By “adopted,” I mean, “assimilated.” I wasn’t allowed to leave until I promised to participate. But it was an easy decision to make because these are some of the most creative, innovative, and fun people I’ve had the privilege to meet.
I showed up to that first meeting to simply answer some questions about cool projects some members of the Greenville Makers Group were working on. Turns out, the committee was looking for exactly the kind of things to exhibit that the GMG loves to make: things that are fun, interactive, creative, inspiring, and even whimsical.
My task became making the connections between the GMG project leaders and the TEDx event so that some really cool people could bring some really cool projects to show to even more really cool people at one of the coolest events ever. That’s quadruple-cool.
Over these weeks I’ve had some vivid discussions and brainstorming with both groups. I’m impressed at how creative, diligent, and competent the GMG members are when they’re set with a challenge. Their ability to be resourceful in using and reusing old things to make new things is the tangible result of pure imagination, creativity, and purposeful design. And I love being around quick, positive, visionary people on the Interactive Team that say, “Yeah! Let’s do that!” Those kinds of people fuel my excitement to design things.
I remembered British writer Arthur C. Clarke’s three laws of prediction, and I am amazed at how well they describe what is happening:
- When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
- The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
- Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
As the planning and organization continue, my experience is stunningly parallel, and sometimes I find myself playing both parts of the “elderly scientist.” Even though you believe a design is achievable, It’s still a real challenge to wholeheartedly lead the chase into the impossible to prove something is possible.
Finally, when we finish the struggle of creating, innovating, and purposefully designing something, let’s meet the challenge to make something that is indistinguishable from magic.