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Thursday, February 3, 2011

How To Start A Movement: Inspiration From Derek Sivers

I love the TED website.  TED features inspiring talks and presentations from some of the most innovative and forward-thinking people from around the globe.  It's an excellent place to visit when you're looking for stimulating ideas and provocative information.  Entrepreneur and CD Baby founder Derek Sivers' talk, "How To Start A Movement," from last year's conference is a brilliant exploration of how movements begin and grow.  Filmed in February of 2010 and posted to the TED website last April, Sivers examines how followers, especially the first follower, is just as influential and important to any movement as the leader or originator.  It is a simple, short and fascinating look at the concept of leadership and also a provocative examination of human behavior, presented in in less than four minutes.

Esquire Magazine once said of Sivers: "Derek Sivers is changing the way music is bought and sold.  A musician's savior.  One of the last music-business folk heroes."  Derek's CD Baby website was well known within the music community before the rise of iTunes, enabling independent musicians to sell their tangible pre-recorded music content directly to their customers without the need for a record label or brick and mortar retail store.  The magic and simplicity of "How To Start A Movement" is profound.  Derek's site and blog can be found here.

How To Start A Movement:

Derek's observations of human behavior and his ability to point out the need for us to continually challenge our perspectives is desperately needed in the world today.  The more people who can embrace this type of fresh thinking, the faster our world can change for the better.  Question everything, always and often.  The universe is infinite.  What we have been taught is never the only way in which things can exist, as demonstrated below in the differences between geospatial data and mapping in most of the western world when compared to Japan.

Weird, Or Just Different?:


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