Stepping Foward: A Hero’s Journey
[The animation of Joseph’s presentation at TEDx Academy, Athens, Greece 10 October 2011]
““You All Have Brilliant Brains … And Bad Educations.”
– Dr. Joseph Riggio
In this video, Dr. Joseph Riggio explores the topic of how our stories shape the worlds we live in, as individual and collectively. He speaks to the way our education influences our ability to shape the stories we are living, what’s missing from our schools – and how we can add back in what most essential to reshape the future we’re creating.
Gary Pool says
Inspired and full of hope. Thank you.
Great message Dr. Riggio!
Thomas Zakowski says
Ironic is it not. In many ways it’s no wonder I got turned off by the spiritual community and walked away. They were “right” and you know what Joseph, they can have that, I’d rather have this any day of the week . Thanks for being you.
Hey … I understand the comment, but I have never got what “spiritual” means fully – being so drawn to the Taoist way I just try to wake up every day and have that day man. You should definitely check out the “Dudeism” comment on my Bio page, once you get past the tongue-in-cheek, assume good intention and then unravel the message in the tapestry you might truly dig it.
But then again … all you really NEED TO DO is WAKE UP …
Per Rehné says
I’ve seen the live recording from the talk, and no offense intended, but the animated version is just awesome. Each animation becomes a story on it’s own and jet, chained together in a powerful story as a whole……..again AWSOME…and intentional..
No offense taken … thanks.
OMG!! Amazing!! This is brilliant, what a totally fantastic spin on the already stupendous video. Joe, I am stunned, inspired and truly blown away by this surprise animation.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I would love to know who worked on this, it’s magnificent.
Merci Beaucoup Ham … it was a pleasure to do the speech in the first place (my continued thanks to Niki Siropulou for inviting me and being such a great host). I also loved working with Diego on the animation – great process and I learned a lot … more to come as a result …
Thank you- that was timely! I’m playing this for my 16 year old twin sons who are taking a year out from conventional schooling….loved it the first time I watched it- love it again animated! 🙂
You must let me know what they think of it … I will be on the edge of my seat waiting …
Nicholas Raven says
Wow…totally amazing…Yes, it’s true….why live someone else’s dream….stop sleep walking & wake up…think what you really want…then move in the direction to manifest your dream. The truth. Health, Happiness & Peace…Shalom.
Watching this from my local Starbuck I shed a tear. This is one of the most inspiring speech I ever heard. Following back this to YouTube, I saw that you called your publishing company Parrhesia publishing. Went to Wikipedia to learn what this word means and found this :
” In rhetoric, parrhesia is a figure of speech described as: to speak candidly or to ask forgiveness for so speaking. The term is borrowed from the Greek παρρησία (πᾶν “all” + ῥῆσις / ῥῆμα “utterance, speech”) meaning literally “to speak everything” and by extension “to speak freely,” “to speak boldly,” or “boldness.” It implies not only freedom of speech, but the obligation to speak the truth for the common good, even at personal risk. ”
It comes to me that not only you embody this “speaking of truth”, but you evoke in me the courage and the determination to impact and connect to others from this disposition.
Thank you !
Alain, thank you. I decided some time ago to act from a position of “parrhesia” as the default position I hold. It’s an expression of bold, fearless speaking in the face of dire consequences … telling the King or Queen what they must hear … despite knowing they may “punish the messenger.” It is the role of the trickster, jester … fool, one I’m particularly well suited to it seems.
Parrhesia is an attitude as much as an action for me. It requires “caring enough NOT to care” as my friend John would say. Caring enough about the message NOT to care about what the cost of delivering it may be to you personally. Funnily enough, in the microcosm I play in, just about every time I send out a message someone objects … others opt-out of my mailings … and depending on the message sometimes we get threatening phone calls and emails too.
Anyone who wants to live their own life, the life that is calling them to come forth, must make a similar choice IMO. There is a price to pay to be sure … and I have paid that price, plus some … believe me, but the cost of doing less is just to high for me to bear.
Well put….I really appreciated what
Love Peace Mickey
I’m not sure which “hope” comment you’re referring to, but if it’s from the other video posted at What’s New, then it’s a difference context … different comment. What I’m suggesting there is don’t depend on hope – instead develop your skills at being present in the world, become exquisite in terms of your acuity, and that allows for you as you move through your life.
Hope isn’t particularly useful as a strategy for getting things done, or making things happen … or even for connecting with others in a “hope-fest” of some kind. However, it’s a brilliant and necessary stance to hold internally … although I learned to refer to what most people call “hope” as the “excitatory bias” from my mentor, Roye Fraser. The distinction is one of being active versus passive in my parlance.
But I’d consider doing both – holding “HOPE” internally for yourself, privately and with profound commitment to it … the “yin” position if you will, and then acting with incredible intensity from an “EXCITATORY BIAS” presuming that what you “will,” will come to pass … the closing of the circle by bringing “yang” to the forefront in your actions. Very taoist, I know … but cool … very cool …
Jana Russon says
Glad you liked it …
Wonderful…I’ve seen the talk with and without the animation, the animation really makes the message shine..TY…
Fantastic! The animation adds a fun quality to the presentation.
Gotta sing & dance!
Go for it …
John Bedosky says
Outstanding, Joseph! Inspiring, energizing and optimistic. Great visuals. One of the best presentations I’ve ever heard!
Wow, high-praise … thanks!
Hamza Zeytinoglu says
Amazing how you put together a “world” of things together in such a condensed speech, and what a skillful augmentation the drawings bring to this narrative! Of all that the only thing that left me thinking is why a little bit of planning and prediction albeit hopeless could be of any harm… hopefully I’ll tap into your wisdom on this sometime… btw: yes to singing and dancing!!!
Hamza … thanks for all the kind words. Nothing wrong with planning or even predicting, unless you think that your plans or predictions are what’s going to happen after they’re made. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many turn arounds went into producing this piece … we began in mid-October and the final render came through on Dec. 29th. – our “plans” were to publish it on Dec. 1st. FWIW now that we have it up and on-line I’m singing and dancing …
Hamza Zeytinoglu says
‘… unless you think that your plans or predictions are what’s going to happen after they’re made…’ exactly, that illusion does fade away after a few experiences. Thanks again for the inspiration. Looking forward to meeting you end of this month in Istanbul!
very nice stuff..
since i am from israel i would loke to hear how the story hear is so simple to understand and work out
can you elaborate more about that?
Here’s my basic point … the people in conflict in the mid-East i.e.: Israel and it’s neighbors, Iran and their neighbors, have more in common than they’re in conflict about. The fundamental issue is tribalism … the distinctions that the holy books make … and the way those books are interpreted … e.g.: if there is one G-d then does the name of G-d matter? Why does the subtlety of worship between Shiite and Sunni matter enough to cost someone their life? Stories all! If we can resolve that what the disagreement is about are tribal stories that people define themselves by through identification … then maybe the hatred and killing will end.
I have just made a big decision to take a risk and change jobs (everyone thought I was mad). I want to say a big thanks, because all the learning and traning I have done with you has enabled me to know within myself it was the right thing to do. The big change was annouced today and watching this vid made me realised that ‘yes’ it was completely the right thing for me to do. I am really excited and looking forward to the unknown.
First of all … congratulations and good luck. I just spent a bunch of time on the phone running the first session of The Book of Ancient Secrets program and I made the comment a few times … stay the course. If you do that I’m betting you’ll be fine … let us know as it unfolds for you.
Berit Becker Nielsen says
I’ve seen both versions and I must say this animation really emphasize the message.
I wanna dance too! so I’ll be able to stay in the stories that frees me.
All the best
Thanks much! Cool …
I enjoyed this piece after seeing/experiencing/absorbing the first piece in a different way. Its a reminder of how we best learn. These visuals deepen the story of what you are sharing from your fundamental understanding of the world, people and interactions. I would love to see a similar piece on the MythoSelf model.
Thanks for bringing stories that impact one’s way of being/possibility and living in the world in a way that is unique to one’s story and the relationship to the story about the world.
I look forward to the next animations.
Best N Beyond,
Dr. Joseph A. Vanore, Sr. says
Am very appreciative of your video.
A superb portrayal of an archaic model and the pitfalls of “adaptation”. Breaking out into, and acknowledging the “Terra Incognito”, that 95% area, the unknown, is the real beginning of life, and living. Getting us to our true nature of happiness, joy, and self expression.
Animated beautifully, with with an array of well selected flow of enlightened ideas, and dormant or neglected facts. A Neuroscientific work of art.
Thank you, Joe!
Dr. Joseph A. Vanore, Sr. says
As an amature ballroom dancer and NLP Trainer, your message goes straight to my heart. NeuroScience has its place, and when juxtaposed with dancing, the science becomes the dancing as does the dancing becomes the science. They become indistinguishable.
Appreciate and enjoyed your magnificient video of the journey into and exposing the “Terra Incognito”, that 95%. Soo much to discover, possibility unlimited. May just have to take out the acrylics and canvass, set up an easal and start painting again.
Your piece was a NeuroScientific and inspiritional work of art.
Thank you, Joe!!
Bruce I. Lipton says
Thank you for the creative vehicle to get your poignant point across – live life – live my life. I need to create more opportunity to Dance and sing- this is my take-away. I certainly could not “predict” this would be what I take away from an encounter with you Joseph. But then again I am learning not to predict or expect but rather to unfold!
Andrew Joy says
thanks for your Skype interview with Rich and the Athens presentation. Your message comes at a good time for me. It’s very supportive.