I just finished watching David Merrill from MIT demonstrate cookie-sized, computerized tiles called Siftables that can be stacked and shuffled in your hands. Anyone, even a young child, can do math, play music, and interact with their friends with these amazing digital blocks. I watched in awe at TED.com. The next generation of the computer and communication.
The yearly Technology, Entertainment & Design conference, now in year seven, is an amazing gathering of Today’s real thinkers. This year’s conference, which was just recently posted on their Website, was once again filled with incredible inventions and new thoughts on issues that affect our world today. If you don’t know much about TED, I highly recommend seeing Daphne Zuniga’s documentary on the 2006 conference, “The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED.” A review can be found on my friend Stefan Rhys blog, Signal>Noise.
Although I haven’t actually been to a TED conference, I did recently have the opportunity to go to two other forward thinking conferences. A few weeks ago, I joined director/producer Nicole Torre of New Angle Media at the GoGreen Expo and was impressed with the advances and possibilities for a better, greener future. I was raised on Earth Day and traditional American Indian philosophy (see my upcoming documentary project, “Witness Trees“), so a lot of this was as old as when Jimmy Carter was President talking “Green,” but it is wonderful that the masses are finally stepping out of their SUV’s for a better, cleaner planet. I firmly believe that anyone looking for a job and with the new Economic Stimulus Bill, “Green” is the future. If you’re interested check out Earthprotect.com. That’s why I was at the conference promoting Unconventional Media and why I decided to help produce Nicole Torre’s upcoming documentary, “Houston, We Have a Problem.” It’s a feature film on the energy crisis from the perspective of the Houston oil man. We’re in the final stages of post production, research clearances, music rights, but if anyone wants to hang their hat on an important film, we sure could use the pocket change.
Last weekend, I attended the Conscious Life Expo. Once again, I was impressed with this wave of spiritual thinking and world peace. People were truly promoting change for our planet. Now I admit there were a few “weird” and wild ones at the conference and I met more psychics in one day then I’ve ever met in all my years working with the International Society of Paranormal Research (ISPR). I’m certain we can now cast our show “Psychic Boot Camp” for the Paraplex in New Orleans.
We were at the Expo to capture an exciting, upcoming DVD for BrandU’s Conscious Entrepreneur Experience. I’ve known W. Vito Montone and Kim Castle of BrandU for a long time. These guys know what they are talking about when it comes to understanding your business as a creative universal expression, regardless of the product or service offered. Much of what they cover in their lectures and workshops has been the inspiration for me in my own creation of Unconventional Media. It was Kim Castle and her insights that created the original Eric Mofford logo.
This DVD will explain and show the greater path to financial freedom and personal fulfillment. “CEE” can almost guarantee the growth and profitability of your business while still making a powerful and positive impact on the world.
Kim and Vito have always been ahead of their time with new ideas. Kim has been helping clients with their company identity for over twenty years. Vito has spearheaded projects for Disney Interactive and created the first Virtual Convention for Star Trek, among many other projects. I remember Vito and I getting together and talking about the possibilities of interactive media, kiosk point of sales and brand marketing in Atlanta in the late 1980’s when no one would listen. This DVD not only includes their own knowledge and expertise, but includes a TV talk show format featuring irreverent and witty interviews by Kim with multi-million dollar conscious entrepreneurs, Spike Humer, Marcia Miller and Joe Sugarman. The live music was supplied by the wonderful techno artist Coco O’Connor.
These guys took risks and succeeded, an inspiration for any business, be it independent filmmaking or bracelets like the “I Love Bracelets” launched by Marcia Miller out of her apartment while pregnant with her first child. Since its inception, “ILB” has sold more than 2 million bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, exclusively to more than 7,000 retailers, gift stores and fashion boutiques. Mr. Humer has been the behind the scenes life coach for several of the world’s leading experts in the field of personal and business development. He has hands-on experience leading both public and private companies throughout North America.
I’ve got to admit my favorite was Joe Sugarman, who created BluBlocker Sunglasses and ran JS&A (forerunner of Sharper Image), a highly successful mail-order company in the 1980s, the largest supplier of innovative electronic products in the U.S. He pioneered many of the sales and marketing techniques widely used today, as well as introduced household products like the calculator, cordless phones, and digital watches to the world. His world-class drive, business acumen, insatiable curiosity, and uncanny ability to tap the buying mind, keeps him ahead of the pack and always forging new frontiers. This guy didn’t always succeed, but he was always willing to chase the dream.
The Conscious Entrepreneur Experience DVD is going to be a valuable tool for anyone ready to start or rethink their own business. The whole experience was an incredibly worthwhile experience for me. I guess it will soon be available at Intention Products. I truly believe I had a rare opportunity to hear and see two speakers before they present at a future TED conference, and for that I feel privileged. These are amazing times indeed.