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Is there a TED Talk in you?

What do you reckon: how do world-changing ideas spread?

Where are they found? Who gets to decide whether they’re brought into the world, and why do some burst into flight with a life of their own once they get here?

I think the answer to all of these questions is, “You.” Or more precisely, “Each of us.”

When you have a bright idea, you explore it. You poke and prod at it. You expand it in your thoughts to be larger than life. Then, while everything about it is vast and brilliant and limitless, you sharpen your mind’s eye into laser focus on the nooks and crannies. You identify key minutiae and the delicate weave of connections which unify into this monumental thoughtform you’ve conceived.

And then you decide. Will you manifest it? Is it ready to cross that bridge of neurons and synapses connecting possibility with reality? Or does it remain behind the curtains of your eyes, developing and perfecting itself in the safe recesses of your imagination?

You decide. Each of us every day decides. And we exist, living our lives, in a world full of ideas made manifest.

All the innovations of technology, of science, of philosophy and medicine: each one started out as a bright idea. Every element of our modern world – from the meals we eat to the clothes we wear to the languages we speak – had to make that crucial journey across neurons and synapses into the world we interact with daily.

It’s like breathing, the way we construct our reality. And as with breathing, we often do it subconsciously without any specific strategy or intention around what we do. We toss around our actions and our words like so many beachballs at a crowded foreshore. But just imagine what could happen if we decided to pay more attention, all of us, just a little. If we increasingly chose to construct our reality with conscious purpose, with intention, with focus and compassion. Imagine what we could accomplish then.

I find our innate powers of reality creation awe-inspiring. What’s more, it’s in our nature to apply that creative force whether we’re aware of it or not. The only choice we actually have is in how we direct it – what tools we use to craft it, what kindred souls we build it with, and via what platforms we showcase the manifestations of our bright ideas.

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Genevieve Sovereign
Community Manager – The Slow School of Business

 

Slow School’s Talk on Purpose program gives participants a TED-like platform from which to promote their innovative business or idea, culminating in delivery of their talk in front of a live audience as well as a professionally produced video they can use for promotional purposes.

Check out Slow School’s YouTube channel for dozens of talks from our Talk on Purpose course.

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Introducing the Hoffice

The next evolutionary step in co-working is here, and it’s been dubbed the “hoffice”.

Launched as the brain child of Swedish entrepreneur Christofer Graden Franzen, home offices or “hoffices” provide a space for freelancers, consultants, artists, solitary professionals and independent traders of all stripes to connect and enjoy the comforts of a home while working alongside other trail-blazing entrepreneurs. As Franzen explains, “The problem with working at home for most of us, is to be so lonely in the complex soup we call life. All our addictions of distracting ourselves, all escape mechanisms here and there – they’re difficult to handle when you’re on your own.”

The hoffice concept solves these issues by enabling participants to spend their days in a social working environment that allows them to be productive without ignoring other vitally important human needs. Participants support each other to concentrate their efforts on self-identified priorities – and to work methodically, accountability and with focus. Throughout the course of a typical hoffice day, intensive work periods (~45mins) are interspersed with short breaks (~15mins) that involve some form of structured physical, social or mindfulness activity – such as meditation, stretching, games or connection-building exercises. The idea is to empower participants to continuously learn about their optimal working processes and, ultimately, themselves. Participants actively contribute to a shared environment and work practice that helps everyone feel happy, calm, creative, refreshed and inspired throughout the workday.

The team at Slow School is excited to announce we’ve launched our own Melbourne hoffice to serve as Slow School HQ. Our hoffice will function as a sustainable co-living and co-working environment where members come to connect, collaborate and accomplish their goals. Plans are underway to start designing the space to make it a fun, vibrant and respectful environment suited to both work and play.

If you’re one of the ever-growing tribe of entrepreneurs wanting to do things differently and work in a fun environment with great people, we suggest connecting with other like-minded professionals in your area and exploring the possibility of establishing a hoffice near you.

Or come along and be a part of our new Melbourne hoffice right here in Prahran/South Yarra Melbourne.

For more information about the hoffice concept, visit http://hoffice.nu/en