Guest Curator: Geoff Wood
We’ve invited members of our TEDxDesMoines community to “guest curate” a blog post highlighting their favorite TED and TEDx talks, and tell us how the talks have inspired them to turn ideas into action. If you’re interested in sharing via a guest post, please e-mail TEDxDesMoines@gmail.com.
Guest Curator: Geoff Wood, COO of Silicon Prairie News, an organization working to increase the notability of the Silicon Prairie region – Des Moines, Omaha, Kansas City and surrounding area – as an innovation center and startup hub.
Favorite TED or TEDx talk:
Charlie Todd: Causing a Scene with Improv Everywhere
What resonated with you about these speakers’ messages?
I love the idea of causing a scene, playing a prank or somehow interrupting the status quo in such a positive way. I love that the Improv Everywhere folks take something boring and mundane – such as a subway ride and a shopping trip – and using creativity and simplicity turn into to something that puts a smile on anyone’s face who happens upon it.
Favorite quote from the talk:
“Ultimately, the police had to inform Best Buy management that it was not, in fact, illegal to wear a blue shirt and khaki pants.”
Where do you go to find inspiration?
I happen to have the opportunity to see great builders, networkers, and innovators speak all the time as part of my role at Silicon Prairie News. Whether it’s live at one of our events or on video as we vet those we want to invite to speak I’m constantly amazed and inspired by new ideas and the individuals so passionate about them.
Do you apply anything you learned from these videos to your personal or professional life?
The big takeaway from Charlie’s talk comes at the end, “there’s no right or wrong way to play.” That’s such an important message. While it’s easy to get so wrapped up in your work or in building out your idea or bogged down in the politics of the day, we all still need to take the time to play (and no one can tell you that you’re doing it wrong).
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