The boats for the 2013 America’s Cup held in the San Francisco Bay will be unlike any that have come before. This year, crews from around the world will be sailing 72 foot long catamarans with wings instead of sails, and foils that lift the boats out of the water to reach speeds of twice that of the wind. The idea is to transform sailing into something fast, exciting, and dangerous, on par with Nascar, that will captivate attention like never before. The America’s Cup boats will be racing all summer in preparation for the finals this September.
You may know Charles and Ray Eames for their furniture, but they also created this amazing video for IBM in the 1970s which captures the power of exponential change. In just 9 minutes, Charles and Ray manage to take you from a Chicago picnic to the most outer depths of the universe and then back again. It’s a fascinating watch and a quick reminder for us to have a little humility in our lives.
In 2008, right after the Boston Celtics won the NBA Championship, Kevin Garnett had something to say. It may not sound like much, but if you dissect it a little, his two-and-a-half minutes are actually quite powerful. From his cry of, “Anything is possible!” to his shout-outs/acknowledgements of the people and places that empowered him along the way, this short clip is a testament to leadership. True leaders are present, charismatic, unstopped by circumstances, and fully aware of the sources of their power.
The video quality on this Buckminster Fuller clip isn’t the greatest, but the video isn’t what really counts. It’s the audio. Listen to the whole thing, but make sure your ears are tuned in to the first 20 seconds. As Bucky so eloquently, yet powerfully notes:
“You’re only entitled to stay alive if you really commit yourself and all your experiences to other human beings in a very complete out-and-out way.”