It's only the second day of Evoke, and already my colleagues have ten, two dozen, or even more blog posts. I know it's not a race, but it's hard to feel like I'm pulling my weight. And yet, a busy life with a full-time job and all the usual chores has made it hard to give Evoke as much time as I think it deserves.
And hey, I have it easy
in the larger scheme of things: I have my evenings to myself. Some of you have spouses, kids, dogs, or all of the above. And yet Alchemy will need you, too. So this raises a larger question: How do we stay aware and active in the problems of the world, ready to serve a greater cause, when Marcia needs to be picked up at 7 and you have to watch the baby and wake up at 6 in the morning tomorrow?
One thing we can do is look for "dead space" in our daily life, time that feels wasted. For me, that's cooking dinner. It doesn't keep my brain occupied, so I've been carrying my laptop to the kitchen and watching TED talks
when I'd otherwise be bored.
TED is a regular conference that hosts some of the finest thinkers in the world, everyone from writers to actors to mathematicians. These are fine and polished speakers, distilling the great passions of their lives into twenty minutes. You can learn about the 1918 flu while waiting for onions to caramelize, or folding laundry, or brushing your teeth. Every speaker is trying to change the world. And they're doing it in all different kinds of ways.
You want a good place to start? Try the talks filed under Bold Predictions, Stern Warnings
. And here are a few of my personal favorites: Liz Coleman's call to reinvent liberal arts educationPaul Collier's new rules for rebuilding a broken nationSugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves
But like I said, I have it easy compared to many of you. How do you do it? When you're already cramming 30 hours into a 24 hour day, how do you keep working to change the world? How do you keep your mind elastic? I know I could learn a lot from you, and I'm sure others feel the same.