Ryan Lafferty explores how business AND design can work together, using his engage, encourage, empower and expect model, to rapidly create something new and unique. He also explains the value and strength in opposing thinking and how to keep moving forward while being inspired by the chaos that comes from living in the AND.
"I believe that we get glimpses of our purpose and gifts throughout our life. When we merge all of these glimpses together, we get insight into what our superpowers are -- I believe it is when we identify and own our superpowers [gifts, talents, quirks, etc.] that is when we can take steps to live at the intersection of joy and purpose. So often I meet people living at the intersection of obligation and duty, or 'got to' but 'don't want to'. Our ability to be difference makers is best served when we discover and go boldly in the direction of our superpowers."
"The Universe is vast beyond anything humans can easily comprehend, and it is easy to become overwhelmed by the immensity, disheartened by how insignificant we seem. But in the vastness there is a glimmer of truth that we should hold onto and use to guide us: in all the vastness we are, so far as we currently know, the only beings capable of asking questions about our existence and our place within the Cosmos. We are the stars, come to life for the sole purpose of asking where we came from and why are we here? Such questions are deep and philosophical, but I like to think we are here because the Universe made us in an attempt to figure out why it is here. We are the Universe looking at itself. We are the Cosmos, made manifest."
"This literal 'trash talk' will analyze the current state of food waste in America through the scope of a dumpster diver. It includes an inspirational story of how I started dumpster diving and all positive changes that have transpired from it. The talk will also reveal the disturbing retail practices that go on behinds stores and the barriers that prevent people from rescuing and donating food. Along with the nuances of dumpster diving, expect to learn the tricks that stores employ to get consumers to over-purchase and waste, and how to avoid them, reducing your personal food waste."
"Even when controlling for other turnover factors, female professionals and managers opt out of the corporate world at a higher rate than their male counterparts.Where women comprise at least 47% of the U.S. workforce and 40% of the global workforce, what can we do to increase their retention, and in particular, the retention of working mothers? This talk makes the case for increasing support for women who are returning to the workforce after having a child, shifting the "motherhood penalty" into the "motherhood support system." From the micro level of individual families and companies to the macro level of the economy, benefits to supporting new working moms are clear. In other words...help a mutha' out. You'll be glad you did."
In today’s hyper-connected world, the allure of “going viral” continues to seduce marketers and idea-generators into investing significant time and resources toward the creation of content – videos, memes, tweets, posts, etc. – that spreads. There is seemingly no shortage of brands, business owners, or storytellers who covet the opportunity to have their ideas trend on Twitter, rake up 1 million+ views on Youtube, or garner thousands of Facebook likes. Metrics of social-chatter are then used as a proxy for success with the inclination that virality leads to reach and reach implies potential action. Though there are benefits to “going viral,” one must wonder if virality is truly what we’re after or if perhaps there is something far greater worth pursuing.
Have you ever asked yourself what you really want? Not just that you want to be happy or to have nice things. What do you really want to do, who you really want to be, how will you serve? Asking these questions, defining your answers from the heart, and stepping into them each day is how to begin on this path. But it won’t be easy – you’ll have to equally embrace both the highs and the lows to live your best life now.
This is a conversation about the importance of creating, its effects on our whole being, & how we can rest in the fact that it can merely be about trying our best. It is a conversation about how trying things, regardless of our inherent skill, can simultaneously be both humbling & empowering. It is a conversation about how drawing things poorly has truly made a footprint on the map of my existence.