What makes Silicon Valley the most innovative place in the world? That is a secret which everyone would like to know and be able to apply to their own situation. Dr. Tina Seelig who has lived there and teaches a course at Stanford University on creative thinking explored this idea and has challenged the entire campus with simple mind stretching problems.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Entrepreneurship as an Extreme Sport Distinguished Lecture Speaker: Tina Seelig 202 South Hall, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
I introduced myself to Tina as the biggest failure in the world and then tried to explain why I feel that’s true. This conversing with speakers after a lecture is a habit which I developed specifically in response to taking chances with potentially big pay offs. The slight embarasment of introducing myself is more than compensated for by the pleasure of the conversation and something important might come of it. In this case I did a very brief bit on The EarthArk Project and some questions about her lecture and how she might get Steven Colbert to stretch a rubber band around his current batch of political wrist bands. Another thought was putting large Post-it notes on public places with obvious problems seeking signatures to present to the proper governmental authorites.
I hadn’t read her book What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World before the lecture but ordered it from Amazon when I got home.
It was a fun couple of minutes, as you can see from the picture.