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Ok, so I'm looking for a volunteer.
Let's see – Ok.
Alright! I am going to choose you.
Ok, now what you're going to do is you're going to come up here
and you're going to get on stage in this red circle here
and you're going to tell your big idea for 15 minutes – right now.
Come on up, come on. (Laughter)
No, no, I'm just kidding.
But can you imagine – I mean you can't use any cue cards,
you've been standing back there or down here,
running your talk over and over again in your head,
and suddenly you realize:
You can't remember anything past the first line.
Your hands are shaking, your heart is beating
you know, you think you might throw up.
I mean what you're going to do? What would you do?
Ok, I'm just going to take some deep breaths,
jump up and down lightly,
then just repeat that first line over and over again,
and just pray that when I come out here the second line will follow.
I mean can you imagine the stress – the sweat – the fear!
Fear is wonderful, because it sparks your imagination.
Fear forces you to pretend.
We imagine our way out of our disaster.
Now heading for disaster is something we do everyday,
but it can bring out the best in you.
Each of us is writing our own scripts.
We're starring, directing and writing our own lives.
Sometimes like a movie.
Sometimes it's a scary movie,
sometimes a romantic comedy,
and sometimes it's a docudrama.
But all of it, is of our own creation.
And where does that movie come from? Imagination.
Imagination is the engine of our lives.
And it can get us into trouble.
I can think of some times
when we might not want to share what's happening in our imagination,
and even as kids we learn early on
that if we are not focusing and paying attention,
we're going to get in trouble for daydreaming.
But when we use our imagination in an expected
and confined way,
we call this brainstorming.
Well, I want to talk about using your imagination
in an unconstrained and an uncontrolled way
that's not going to get you into trouble.
Imagination fuels everything.
Einstein according to some,
wasn't the greatest genius of our time necessarily.
There was another guy, Henri Poincaré
who actually was said to have equal if not greater computational brainpower.
But what made Einstein so unique,
was that he took command of his imagination early on,
and he would run these thought experiments.
He'd think, "What would happen if I ran as the speed of light?"
And these thought experiments
led him to make new connections between existing things.
Well, if Einstein can do it, so can we.
Let's combine fantasy and reality;
kids do it all the time.
For example,
here's me as a small child.
I was this cowboy.
I was this combat fighter.
I was this small racer on a bike,
Tomboy, do you think?
And these are slightly embarrassing
but they're not half as embarrassing as what I'm about to tell you.
How many of you remember a performance art?
I was a performance artist.
I can't tell you exactly what I'm doing here,
but I do know that I passed a hat and made some money.
A kind friend of mine suggested that I go to New York,
and take some formal acting training. So I did.
And as an actor in New York you know I didn't have any money,
so on the weekends, I would perform street theatre,
and one weekend I had a friend visiting from Seattle,
and so we went to my usual spot, 57th and Broadway, Columbus Circle,
and I got all set up and then I did my performance art.
Now, I will not reveal the details of my performance
but let me just say it involved a Michael Jackson lip sync,
a tennis racket and a moonwalk. (Laughter)
After I was through we passed a hat
and you know we made 8 dollars,
I'm thinking, "Whoa, ok we're going downtown for pizza."
So when our way down, we passed through the Broadway district,
and my friend turns to me and says,
"Hey Patti, did you ever want to be on Broadway?"
"Frank, I am a performance artist; I would only be off-Broadway!"
But then I can't get it out of my head,
and I imagine myself, "What If I were in Broadway?"
I go down the stage door into my dressing room
where there's a star and my name,
and then there's my costume laid out,
and then I put on my make-up
and go stand behind that thick red velvet curtain.
and wait for them to call places and the lights to come down
and that audience hush.
And it was thrilling, I mean really.
And it was a great fantasy to have when I went back to Seattle
where I was schlepping burritos
at Mama's Mexican Kitchen on 2nd and Bell.
I'd think, "Well, if I were at Broadway where would the opening night party be?"
"Tavern on the Green! Yes."
"And If I were on Broadway, well who would I be hanging out with?"
"Oh, Lily Tomlin and Eddie Murphy," you know it was back in the day,
(Laughter) "Cool!"
And then I put it out my mind
and later that fall
well I don't know what happened but I lost all my shifts at Mama's
and the NEA stopped funding performance art!
Big surprise!
And so came to the end of the month,
and I didn't have enough money for my rent,
and so I thought, "Wow, what am I going to do?"
so I grab a rake,
and I go up to the wealthiest neighborhood in Seattle
and I start knocking door-to-door
asking if I could rake their yard for ten dollars a yard.
And now, my hair is shocking pink,
and I knock and I knock and I knock
and nobody'll even open their door
except for this minister whose yard is the size of a football field.
And you know it's a typical Seattle day,
it's like pouring and the wind's blowing
and the rain's pouring,
and I'm out there raking and raking and the leaves are falling
and I'm raking and raking.
And finally that minister comes out
and he shoves ten dollars at me and says, "Go home!"
So I do.
When I get there, my answering machine is blinking.
Now how many of you ever had an answering machine that blinked,
raise your hand?
My people! (Laughter)
And the first one's from my friend Karen,
"Hey PD, they're auditioning performance artists down at the Seattle Repertory Theatre,
you've got to go."
And the next one is from my long lost agent.
"Patti, I think I finally found an opportunity to showcase your unique talents!"
So I call immediately and I get an audition,
and then the next day I go down there with my résumé
and I get in that line,
that goes all the way around the block.
And when I get up there to the door,
they want me to do a dance routine. I'm not a dancer!
But I just do the little routine that I can and add some weird thing on the end
and I'm just quirky enough that I get into the show.
And then this amazing thing happens.
That show goes from that small theater to the main stage at the Seattle Rep.
And then, imagine, six months later,
it goes from the Seattle Rep to the Kennedy Center in DC.
And then six months later, imagine, it goes where?
Broadway. Opening night party is where?
Audience: Tavern on the Green.
Patti Dobrowolski: Tavern on the Green.
and during the run at the show who do I get to meet?
Audience: Lily Tomlin and Eddie Murphy
Patti Dobrowolski: No, Steve Martin and Robin Williams.
Imagination changes everything.
You may not know which of your ideas will happen,
but the more freedom you give yourself to write your own reality,
the more realities you get to experience.
When we play out here or in here,
we transform our world.
Later – and I mean much later – I became a business consultant.
Great job for an actor, (Laughter)
and one day we were in a meeting, brainstorming meeting
and a guy gets up
and he, instead of scribing on a whiteboard our meeting notes,
he puts a big piece of paper up on the wall
and he draws a picture of what we we're talking about.
And that amazing mural captured the imaginings of everybody in that room.
And it was like a snapshot of those imaginings,
It was like a freeze-frame in that movie,
it was like an Einstein thought experiment.
How can we manifest our imaginings?
I wanted to know.
So, here's the thought experiment
I've been running with people all around the world
for the past 15 years.
I found that when you are facing fear,
or challenge or discomfort,
if you imagine yourself on the other side of that hell
and dream that desired new reality,
and then you draw a picture of it,
and you add to it
all the qualities and characteristics of what you want to experience there,
it will happen, it will come to be.
You just need to pretend you've already made it,
and then, like a child, enter into that world
and dream it with all your heart,
you know just play in there,
you don't need to worry about how you'll get there,
life will fill in the blanks, this will become your reality.
You may be surprised
by which pieces of your dream become your new life
but it will be the pieces that are right for you.
Take Landfill Harmonic.
They live in a dump – really.
They actually live in a dump.
But what they imagined was a symphony,
but in this city in Paraguay a violin cost as much as a house.
So what did they do?
They imagined their city filled with music,
and then, they made their instruments from trash.
(Video) My name is Juan Manuel Chavez
better known as Bebi.
I'm 19 and I play the Cello.
This Cello is made from an oil can,
and wood that was thrown away in the garbage.
The pegs are made out of an old tool used to tenderize beef
and used to make gnocchi.
It sounds like this.
Patti Dobrowolski: Isn't that amazing?
Imagination is the one tool we universally share as a species,
and daydreaming is our common language.
A great imagination is required of everyone facing
crisis, turmoil or disaster.
So trust yourself,
you are uniquely designed
to face any predicament that you encounter,
you just need to let your imagination take it from here.
Thank you. (Applause)
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【TEDx】Imagination changes everything: Patti Dobrowolski at TEDxSacramentoSalon

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大佑 published on June 2, 2016    Arnold Hsu translated    Mandy Lin reviewed
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