Making Ideas Happen

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration” – Thomas Edison.

99U Local Melbourne

99U Local Melbourne

September may be over, but the insights and ideas gathered will be ongoing inspiration for people interested in making ideas happen.

For the first time (which is always a wonderful phrase to write), Behance brings the world 99U Local. “It’s not a conference. It’s a casual, intimate, local 99U-style experience in your city” they write on their site. The event was sponsored by The Centre for Workplace Leadership and The University of Melbourne.

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration” is the idea behind the 99U events.

For one week in September, select cities around the world host a one night event consisting of three curated talks that “share road-tested insights on making ideas happen…” I was fortunate enough to get a ticket for the 99U Local Melbourne event, with curated talks and tips for making ideas happen from local experts:

Gavin Aung Than, Cartoonist, Creator of Zen Pencils @zenpencils

Be the first (like, making cartoons from quotes); be consistent (do something that means you won’t get bored); be honest (share a bit of yourself, make yourself human).

Amantha Imber, Innovation Psychologist, Founder of Inventium @amantha

Share generously (and a bit of yourself); be clear on your values (and make decisions against these); don’t over think things (“analysis paralysis”); never make big decisions after lunch.

Dr Jason Fox, Author, 99U Ambassador @drjasonfox

Doubt makes ideas stronger; doubt makes leaders better; doubt makes life more wonderful. Plus some tips to leverage doubt: build a meta-morning ritual; cast projects into the future; choose one word to live by for your year (i.e. Jason’s is Pirate).

As with most intimate events focused on ideas, there was quite a lively Q&A afterwards around schools and creativity, getting people comfortable with ambiguity, where to find inspiration and ideas, how to get clear on your values, the connection between doubt and intellect…

My tip is to start by getting out and about… go to events about ideas, network, observe, talk, share… it’s a big world out there and there’s plenty to discover.