- identifying a clear destination (let's say, a vision)
- defining the challenges to getting there and
- coming up with intelligent options
Almost to a one, each of the e.g. speakers talked about how they developed a clear vision.
- Singer & Songwriter Kina Grannis talked about Greg Jardin's vision that led to creating a video made with over 288,000 jelly beans. Watch the behind the scenes video for a sense of how the vision coalesced, the challenges they faced in execution and the joy of the final result.
- Jonathan Harris, designer and story architect, talked about how his dismay with 4 challenging forces of our era of compression, disposability, curation and self-promotion helped him identify the criteria for his counter-vision as deepening, timelessness, creation and self-reflection which resulted in Cowbird.com, a new story telling architecture and platform.
- Jim Meskimen, actor and impressionist, demonstrated an impressive repertoire of distinctive voices. You can watch him do Shakespeare in celebrity voices to get a sense of his skill. Marion Ross from the tv series Happy Days was his mom so he grew up in a household where imitating other people's voices was standard fare. Why wouldn't you?
- Soprano Charity Tilleman-Dick, soprano, shared how her vision for organ donation grew out of her experience of having a double lung transplant.....twice.
Now is a great time to ask, "What's the story? What's the vision?"