Andrew’s Keynote Topics
Labels: How we define ourselves and how that defines us.
Have you noticed that we live in a very stratified society? Everything has a label – even people. Scientists are analytic types, artists are creative. We have highly specific personality tests that categorize people into groups and educational institutions and businesses now recommend career paths based on these test results.
I don’t like getting put in a box, and I don’t like it when I see someone else put (or has put themselves) in a box. We now live in a culture that drives individuals into silos and reinforces their silos by labeling them. We’ve built this culture ourselves, and we continue to reinforce it.
Explore examples of how the labels we use to define ourselves reinforce the stereotypes that we often try to break out of. Find out what has brought us to this kind of culture, and imagine what it would be like if we lived in a culture that supported and celebrated the diversity of who we actually are as individuals.
Define Love: Getting One word right.
It was a challenging relationship that sent me on this particular journey. When my girlfriend at the time told me they didn’t know what the word love meant I didn’t know what to do. Realizing I couldn’t articulate what I thought it meant, sent me into a minor personal crisis. My solution: define it the word Love – and do it publicly with this blog.
Define Love became a calling card, a hashtag, a space to explore what that singular word meant, and how life might change if we finally got the definition right (I’m still working on this part!).
Explore the relationship between love and the systems of symbols we use to describe it. Find out how they affect one another, and how, especially when it comes to the word “Love,” we are in desperate need of renewed symbols.
The List: A Discovery of Value
Throughout my years in high school and college, I really had only one burning question: Who am I?
I had already found my calling and set my OCD-nature at ease by pursuing tap dancing and academics with equal rigor. By the time I was in high school I had been tap dancing for 10 years, already met my hero, Gregory Hines, and worked with the best tap dancer in the world, Savion Glover. I had poured myself into my work, whether it was tap dancing or school, but still couldn’t answer this fundamental question.
So I started writing the list.
The list was my way of searching for my identity and discovering where I found my value.
Hear this story of my discovery, through challenging times, of the value I have outside of the achievement of my work and find out how this discovery has fundamentally changed the way I relate to achievement and failure. It could change things for you, too.
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