While I was traveling in Southern Africa in February, I experienced ubuntu ... a beautiful ethic/humanist concept of people coming together to help each other out... Read more about ubuntu philosophy (Wikipedia).
I received incredible insight, wisdom, and tips from from my community. Under the attentive eye of the magnificent event organizer and social innovation catalyst Aurelie Salvarie among other dedicated readers, 20 drafts of the script and many practice sessions later, I had a masters-level crash course in storytelling and public speaking.
People shared their talent and time to assist in crafting an effective message. From TED worth presentation guru Brooke Estin on visuals to Florian Mueck of the 7 Minute Talk as speaker coach, I was immersed in awesomeness with one single aim: to make a message that would touch and inspire people. Less than 36 hours before, I had a raging fever and no voice. Ironically, it was April Fools Day (April 1) and I thought if I call Aurelie to tell her, she will think it is a mean joke. It was the participation of so many people in getting to that moment that buoyed my recovery. When it was game time, I gave it my all.
Wabi-sabi is a Japanese concept about perfection in imperfection. This TEDx is raw rather than polished. I barely had my voice back and was desperately trying not to cough. Wabi-sabi also underpins the idea. Sometimes we have to step out, before we are fully prepared with all of the rehearsals that we need. We have to experiment and improvise. We go forward before perhaps things are perfect. Perhaps we don't feel ''ready.' Yet we step out into life anyway, imperfect, unpolished. We are open to learning. We are vulnerable and honest. it's that authenticity that makes the beauty that is wabi-sabi.