In my post Blind Awareness I reviewed a book called “Seeing Beyond Sight: Photographs by Blind Teenagers“ by Tony Deifell. Recently Tony was asked to be a part of Authors@Google and the talk that he presented was filmed and placed on YouTube. In his talk he tells some of the stories from Seeing Beyond Sight and uses the themes to explore the idea of “innovation” more directly. The blurb on the wed site states:
Tony Deifell taught photography to blind children. More importantly, they taught him what it means to see. He draws surprising lessons about innovation and leadership from the experience. Whether it is business strategy, customer behavior, team building or personal development, he shows us how we are each bound by the ways in which we see the world.
But for me what is much more telling are his insights into the concept of Seeing. Without wanting to give too much away Tony explores the different stages of Seeing, beginning with “Distortion” and ending with “Illuminance”. In an email, Tony told me that he “…forgot to say during that talk that once you think you’ve reached “illuminance” you can go right back into distortion — esp b/c of ego and stuff. It’s circular, not linear. But, then again, that’s the fun of the journey.”
If you have an interest in photography this is well worth watching and if your interest is more towards understanding life and some of the questions it raises then you will be equally well served.
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