Open Eyes, Open Mind
What do you think of when you hear the word “innovation”? For me, it conjures up images of space flight, the wonder of the first distance communication, and the dizzying array of ways we’ve learned to use the network in the past 10 years. We’ve seen so much change, it’s sometimes hard to imagine what could come next. That’s why I’m excited that Cisco is delivering EG Everywhere—virtual access to the EG Conference series, which has been called “the premier gathering of innovators in art and science, media and technology, entertainment and education.” The bottom line: three days of unadulterated innovation and inspiration from April 12-14. Talk about finding new ways to recharge and reset.
To hear about the power of EG, click on the video below and listen to Cisco Senior Vice President Carlos Dominguez describe how last year’s EG conference impacted him.
Without inspiration, thinking doesn’t evolve. It grows stale. To that point, NPR’s Robert Krulwich wrote a great piece recently, about looking at something from different perspectives. Krulwich talked about how the artist Robert Rauschenberg first began to work on his series of White Paintings—artwork that appeared to be blank. In actuality, Rauschenberg had taken a Willem de Kooning painting and “erased” the existing work of art, thereby creating something new. Whether you liked the result or not, it was still provocative and challenged minds.
As a busy technology executive it can be all too easy to push things aside that don’t seem immediately relevant to the big things on our plates. Data Deluge. BYOD. Cloud. Security. These are the things that keep most IT people I know with their noses to the grindstone. But sometimes, when you’re too micro focused, it’s hard to see the big picture—the one with all the color, which helps give you perspective. Here in Silicon Valley, it’s easy to believe that we’re the axis of innovation. And that’s exactly why we need to challenge ourselves with different viewpoints, to help us see things in a new light. For me that’s what inspiration is all about.