#FridaySpeaker: Simon Sinek on Helping Others For Fulfillment [Via @the99percent]

During the first part of this talk I was rather distracted and kept looking around my desk or  through my Twitter feed. But at a certain point I joined the dots of what was being said… or actually, the speaker did it for me… and I realized it was an enlightening presentation for my everyday personal and professional activities. Probably it was the story about the experiment with the homeless woman, who’s sign was altered by Simon from a typical “me me me me me” thing talking about themselves (“I’m homeless, I’m hungry, I have 12 kids”, etc) to a “you” message saying “If you only give once a month, please think of me next time”, changing quite impressively the amount the homeless woman makes by begging on the streets.

The whole aim behind it was to change the focus from the “taker” (it’s all about me) to become a “giver”. Corporations usually behave as takers with their marketing & advertising campaigns talking about how good they are, how better than the other, etc and failing to acknowledge that 100% of their customers are people, as 100% of clients and 100% of employees are.

“We are social animals, we are human beings, and our survival depends on our ability to form trusting relationships.”

I’ll close with this quote from the speaker: What are you doing to help the person next to you?

[Talk originally published by The 99% Conference]

Two Tickets Left for the 99% Conference 2012!

The 99% Conference (web, twitter, tickets) is one of those that I’d wanted to attend for the last two years but never made it either because of schedule conflict or, this year, because it was Sold Out. Organize by the cool people of Behance, it focuses on the 99% of perspiration (and not the 1% of inspiration) required to make things happen (the original quote is from Thomas Edison). They usually gather top-notch speakers who tell original stories about how they transformed their projects from promising ideas into awesome successes.

The 4th edition will take place at the Times Center in New York City on May 3-4, 2012.

If you’re in NYC, planning a trip or work in the creative field, this is a great event to attend both for content and high-level networking. Hope to meet you there 🙂 (no, I haven’t booked my seat yet… still tinkering with my agenda for next year).



Worth Noting This Week 22-Oct-2010

After a week on the road and pretty disconnected, I collected a series of news and interesting links from the usual suspects (TED, Lift…). Instead of a photo, today I’m including an extract from the Design Mind Salon with Bill Buxton (+ Tjeerd Hoek and Marcel Kampman) on “how design triggers transformation”.

  • The 99% Conference announced the Early-Bird Offer for the 2011 but they went sold out in a blink, so you should hurry up to secure one of the remaining regular tickets! 99% will take place in New York on May 5-6, 2011
  • Pop!tech is taking place NOW and you can follow the live stream here. It’s rare for a major conference to do free live streaming these days, so enjoy it!
  • The 2011 TED Prize winner has been announced and the winner is… an anonymous person that goes by the initials of JR: “JR is creates what might be called “pervasive art.” Working with a team of volunteers in various urban environments, he mounts enormous black-and-white photo canvases that spread on the buildings of the slums around Paris, on the walls in the Middle East, on broken bridges in Africa, and across the favelas of Brazil. These images become part of the local landscape and capture people’s attention and imagination around the world”. TED Prize Director Amy Novogratz said that “JR’s mind-blowing creations have inspired people to see art where they wouldn’t expect it and create it when they didn’t know they could”

  • O’Reilly Conferences has launched a new event:  Strata 2011 (February 01 – 03, 2011). Strata will focus on the business and practice of data. From the official description: “Unprecedented computing power and connectivity are bringing new layers of experience to our lives: a change that brings both opportunity and the challenge of new technologies and skills. The future belongs to those who understand how to collect and use their data successfully“. (Via Pandemia)
  • The World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils on Design and Innovation has launched a challenge for “the world’s interactive designers to develop cutting-edge visualizations of some of the information we have gleaned from our Global Agenda Council members“. The prize will be USD 3,000 it will be showcased at the Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai at the end of November. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2010


Cinekid – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 27-28 October, 2010

At Cinekid’s two-day conferencetop-notch speakers share best practices, the latest in technical opportunities, new narratives and alternative production paths. This special event is not only for producers of children’s media, but for anyone who needs to be up-to-date and in the know. Since families with young children are today’s early adopters, children’s media is constantly leading in innovation. This year’s first edition reveals the secrets to success in new production platforms, animation and scriptwriting for children.


ACM Multimedia 2010 Conference – Florence, Italy – 25-29 October, 2010

ACM Multimedia 2010 is the worldwide premier multimedia conference and a key event to display scientific achievements and innovative industrial products. The Conference offers to scientists and practitioners in the area of Multimedia plenary scientific and technical sessions, tutorials, panels and discussion meetings on relevant and challenging questions for the next years horizon of multimedia. The Interactive Art program ACM Multimedia 2010 will provide the opportunity of interaction between artists and computer scientists and investigation on the application of multimedia technologies to art and cultural heritage.

Thanks to Gianpaolo D’Amico for the reminder.

Worth Noting This Week 15-Oct-2010

Inspired by frog design’s “remarketables” (weekly collection of remarkable marketing links) and by the amount of interesting stuff I come across (news, articles, tweets) but don’t have the time to publish as an individual blogpost, I’m starting a “Worth Noting This Week” series of articles, plus the selection of an interesting photo from a conference around the world.

Russell Davies and his "red big button"
  • If you, as I did too, desired to have the “big red button” that Russell Davies was using to skip slides during his presentation at Lift10 (see photo above), now you can buy one! IMHO it’s too pricey (am sure you can DIY for much less, but hey… you are also paying for someone elses time and expertise). And talking about Lift, the early bird offer for Lift11 is over but you can still get a 25% off by using the promocode “FriendTwentyfiveOff”
  • Venture Capitalist Mark Suster warns CEO’s and startuppers to be careful not to become a conference whore by attending all possible conferences out there. “In the same way you wouldn’t spend all of your day in front of your computer at the expense of customer interaction, there has to be a limit to attending conference. Mark argues that “In the same way you wouldn’t spend all of your day in front of your computer at the expense of customer interaction, there has to be a limit to attending conference”. He identified  leadership vaccuum and the lack of focus as the two main consequences deriving from this behavior: “Do you see Mark Zuckerberg at every conference?  Do you see Ev or Mark Pincus at every conference? Do you see Larry or Sergey at every conference?  Name one, professional conference attendee that has built a successful software business?  If you’re in the services business, looking to sell books or work in sales I get why you might spend more time at conferences. If you’re a startup CEO – don’t kid yourself.  Get back to work.  There’s a team in the office in need of your guidance”
  • Jonathan Fields pinpoints the The 10 Commandments of Suck-Free Speaking, including giving a damn, telling good stories, simplifying and being generous with your audience (“It’s about them, not you”)
  • John Maeda from RISD describes how offline [experience] tastes better than online and his transformation into  “a “born-again” supporter of the face-to-face experience. It’s been an interesting transition for me as coming from the technology world to discover that much of what I thought mattered … matters less when the whole community is right there and not living somewhere out there online”. The same concept can be translated to conferences, not because online networks shouldn’t exist but because the event organizer should really concentrate in making the physical experiences more meaningful…
  • Tickets are now available online for  the next 99% Conference on May 5-6, 2011… be aware that they tend to go sold out fast!
  • The Twitter peeps announced that they’re working on a new feature to follow and share in real time what’s happening at a conference
  • Last but not least, the most important news of all 😉 : Yesterday I announced the new Conference Basics Newsletter, a monthly selection of tutorials, talks, event reviews and ideas that will help you organize an outstanding conference and stay up to date with the most interesting upcoming events and industry news. Subscribe now to the Conference Basics Newsletter