It was great to be at the inaugural TEDxCCN talk for Norwich and for the theme to be about social enterprise. We got to hear the Barefoot Entrepreneur Robert Ashton talk about the need for people to care enough about their community to take action, alongside the urgency of doing so by using a prop from a local funeral service! This was reminiscent of a talk by the visionary behind another prop used on stage – the new iPad – Steve Jobs at his Stamford commencement speech:
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
It was great to hear from JP Morgan Jr talk about the overriding importance of human connection and how we should not see every situation as a trade where we do something and receive something back, be that being liked or validation; rather we should be giving wholeheartedly and when we do so we become fear less (not fearless).
And to wrap up we were privileged to have Charley Johnson President of the Pay It Forward Foundation talk about the need for simplicity in understanding that if we truly want a better world it starts by being nicer to people – as Charley says doing a good deed for someone isn’t charity of philanthropy, it’s empowering others to do good back.