June 2nd, 2011 • Posted in Conferences, Creative Process, Featured, Video Clips
Here’s the video of my recent speech at TEDxMarin. The theme of the event was “Communication Revolution”. The organizers invited me to speak about the future of television, social media and personal storytelling.
Robert Tercek at TEDxMarin May 2011: “Reclaiming The Power of Personal Narrative” from Robert Tercek on Vimeo.
TED talks are all about passion and ideas. The ideas that get me most excited these days don’t come from big corporations or even startup ventures. They tend to come from individuals who are working outside of the context of business entirely. I decided to focus my comments on four activists who are using media to tell stories that literally change the world. I find these people very inspiring. They are some of the 85 Creative Activists sponsored by the Creative Visions Foundation, where I have been involved on a volunteer basis.
November 5th, 2010 • Posted in Conferences, remarkable people
While visiting Israel last week for the Journey Conference, I learned about some inspiring developments in the Middle East. Israel is rocking!
It was an illuminating experience for me. In the USA, the mainstream media diet includes a steady supply of sensational stories about the Middle East, featuring suicide bombings, terrorism, rocket attacks and reprisals.
So one might arrive in Tel Aviv expecting fear and chaos. But the reality is Continue Reading
October 7th, 2010 • Posted in General Observations
Will California lead the nation in legalizing pot? A few years ago, this question would have seemed absurd, even unthinkable.
As recently as 2007, federal agents in full body armor and automatic weapons raided Hollywood pot dispensaries. This action took place within the context of chronic Orange Level Terror Alerts, so the population was already conditioned Continue Reading
August 16th, 2010 • Posted in General Observations
Call it the Success Paradox. When an organization reaches a new stage of growth, it may experience cataclysmic internal turmoil.
The Success Paradox happens to startup ventures that lack a cohesive management structure: when the company makes a growth leap, say, from 25 to 50 employees, or from 100 to 200 employees, the shift always comes with a good deal of attendant trauma. The camraderie and enthusiasm of the rapid growth phase wanes, replaced by Continue Reading