It’s been close to a year since SIGGRAPH 2014 attendees heard an inspirational keynote address from Not Impossible Labs Co-founder Elliot Kotek. Kotek and his team are proof that a lot can happen in the span of one year, including the completion of inspiring projects like Don’s Voice as well as impressive accolades for Project Daniel. We connected with Kotek during SXSW 2015, where Project Daniel was honored with the Innovative 3-DIY Award, in hopes to encourage the SIGGRAPH community to continue to search to “find your Daniel” and innovate for the good of humanity.
In Deepak Chopra’s words Not Impossible is about being “the template for a new science of consciousness.” Read on for Kotek’s top five tips for innovators.
1. The only obstruction to our innovation, is our will to innovate.
The physical tools of innovation used to be harbored in massive corporations and institutions. Given that most manufacturing and construction tools are now available online for purchase or rental by us mere individuals, we now have access to more tools than ever before. We can view YouTube videos on how to use those tools and join Facebook communities (or a raft of other community noticeboards or chat rooms) to help us with any questions around the use of those tools. No matter where we are, we are no longer alone, our interests align with the interests of others, and the only thing stopping us from innovating is our own will to innovate.
Crowd-funding the technology and ideas that we have outside of industry has become the status quo, but it is the people we find who share our passion and our purpose who will enable us to make things truly happen, and will help those things find scale. Find your people — in person, or via the virtual, they exist.
3. What makes your life more convenient? Will that make someone else’s life more livable?
We have so many things at our disposal that make what we do faster, stronger, easier — if it can have that impact on US, what can it do for someone more vulnerable, who might not otherwise have immediate access to what we have?
4. Open-Source. Awesome Sauce.
Sometimes mass impact must happen commercially, but if you’ve an idea that can benefit others immediately, and can get even an early version of it up online somewhere, so that someone else might happen upon it and improve upon it for more immediate impact, then there’s no greater gift.
5. Help One. Help Many.
We can all help thousands of people, but that is an overwhelming prospect. Let’s each target on helping one person — that one solution for one person’s problems are usually adaptable to helping others, too. By telling people about what we’re doing, they can identify whether your solution fits their needs, too. So, help just one person, then communicate that help to empower or inspire others to do the same. It’s a much easier and more meaningful starting point.
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Did you miss Kotek’s SIGGRAPH 2014 keynote? Watch it on our YouTube channel. For more inspiration like this, join fellow doers at SIGGRAPH 2015, 9-13 August in Los Angeles.