I love to know more about visionary people, and I finally sat down tonight and watched an episode of Iconclasts, a series on the Sundance Channel in which two societal standouts are paired together to discuss their work and vision. In this particular episode Dean Kamen, inventor of numerous things including the Segway, meets with Isabella Rossellini, the actress. I've caught a few minutes of episodes featuring Eddie Vedder and Laird Hamilton as well as Quetin Tarantino and Fiona Apple as well, but tonight marked the first time I've seen close to an entire episode. I found it to be quite inspiring and probably of interest to anyone who is curious about innovation.
A couple things I'd like to note about this as I don't have much time to write an indepth review:
-Iconclasts reminds me very much of the intent behind the TED conference, sort of meeting of the minds in television format.
-Dean Kamen notes that creating solutions to problems is not hard; it's changing attitudes and finding people with courage to enact solutions that is hard. He has created inventions that can bring fresh water and electricty to underdeveloped areas of the world, but to get the powers to be to take advantage of such technological advances is amazingly frustrating.
-At the end, Kamen says something along the lines of he feels the need to put more back into the world than he takes out. He clearly felt the need to make every minute count on this planet, and this came from his father who is an amazing artist.
-Isabella Rossellini is truly luminous. She raises dogs for the blind, which I thought as interesting and has invested time and money in wildlife organizations. She said that curiousity drives her. And she also mentioned something about acting and storytelling. Is storytelling just a big buzz word these days or a theme that runs through so much of humanity?
Just thought I'd post about this as reminder to myself to TiVo this program... the web site is okay (too many mentions of sponsor Grey Goose) but it could be so much more...