We don’t just want to take our Monday talks from TED. There are plenty of other fascinating speakers who would be unlikely to ever deliver a talk from the circular red carpet. And this week, we’ve gone totally un-TED. Like, totally.

This talk was spotted by our splendid contributor Simon White, who saw it live and passed it on.

Occasionally Russell Davies organises an Interesting Conference. He used to do it every year, then after a 5 year break he put on another one this year. It was a collection of people speaking for just 5 or 10 minutes each about something that they think people will find interesting – hence the name. It’s the opposite of the big, fancy, highly-sponsored events you’ll be used to. It’s far more low-key and down-to-earth. So it’s rather refreshing.

Failure can spark positive change

After failing at preparing her first talk that was due to be called ‘Do You Listen’, Mags Blackwell created another talk for Interesting 2016. This talk was based on that experience and offers 4 good reasons to fail.

Having had Parkinson’s Disease for over 20 years, she delivered the talk by video rather than from behind a podium. Which means we can all see it and enjoy it.

Mags is really inspiring. She’s taught creativity and art all over the world. And in that time she’s found that changing people’s ideas of what failure is radically changes how they create. So she shares 4 lessons with us.

Her points are as follows and she tells a touching story to illustrate each one:

1 – Failure can lead to discovery

2 – Failure can spark positive change

3 – Failure creates an opportunity to persevere despite frustration

4 – Failure can lead to transformation

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Dave Birss
Founder and Editor at OpenForIdeas.org
Dave is obsessed with creativity. He's been a musician, illustrator, stand-up comedian, poet, radio DJ, television presenter and advertising creative director. He also wrote A User Guide to the Creative Mind.
Now he runs Open for Ideas and helps individuals and companies become more creative.
You can find him speaking at conferences all over the world. And sharing his thinking in boardrooms, universities and dimly-lit pubs.