My father’s favorite phrase is “just out of curiosity.” He transferred that curiosity to his children. For my brother, that inquisitiveness manifested in everything mechanical. He took apart loads of gadgets to find out how they worked. It took him a few more years to figure out how to put them back together again. Now, he creates amazing things.
Ken Robinson asks the audience in his Ted Talk, Do Schools Kill Creativity? With budget cuts in the arts, I have worried about children not being able to engage in creative pursuits. His talk is engaging as he speaks on the importance of creativity as well as educating the whole being of a person.
Steven Lundeen loves to fish year round. For ice fishing, he needed an underwater camera holder that kept the camera at the right position and depth. The products that were on the market were hard to use. He created the Camera Compass, pictured, the Camera Compass keeps the camera from spinning. With this device, you can see your bait, see if there are any fish in the area, and see the structure of the lake bottom. His interest lies in inventing useful products.
For me, my main interest is people. What are their goals? What motivates them? What do they struggle with or against? People are amazingly creative and resilient. Take Dame Stephanie Shirley for instance in her Ted Talk. As a woman in the 1960’s she, along with many other women, hit the glass ceiling. She started to go by the name Steve and opened a successful software company.
I want to learn more about her story, about all stories. The videos we will create are visual stories. Our videos likely won’t be quite as masterfully done as Andrew Stanton’s WALL-E, but in his Ted Talk, he explains how people connect through stories. When we try to encourage someone to care, to change their behavior, a story might be a great place to start.