The Rise of the Artful Entrepreneur

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Picture from my show UP WAKE photographed by Carolina Pagani

Historically, artists have always been entrepreneurs.

Whether they sought the support of a patron, were sponsored by the king, or died starving with with their ears bleeding: artists have pursued their passions at all cost. They are willing to sacrifice their comfort for the power of purpose and legacy. They are driven by a deep altruistic mission and selfish obsession at the same time. It’s irrational and it makes perfect sense.

We are not driven by money, we are driven by the desire to bring value to the world- instead of reaping value from it.

Some people spend their entire lives searching for meaning, some decide to do something meaningful instead. Social entrepreneurs and artists are made of the same stuff. It’s ironic that we should even add the word “social” ahead of entrepreneurship. If you are social entrepreneurs, what do we call the rest?


Imagining The Future No One Can Predict

Let’s play!

Let’s imagine the future no one can predict

Because we have been running on automatic. We were the operators operating, the computers computing. We were the machines of the industrial age. Then came the information age, now comes:

The Magic Age

The external is being internalized, the material has dematerialized, and insinuated itself into the fabric of our lives.

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Today: The smallest transistor ever is 1 nano gate large: 50,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Scientists have created a physical model of a brain that can educate itself. Robots can learn from watching Youtube videos. We can summon self driving cars in Pittsburgh, and Uber promises flying cars in the next 10 years. We can 3D print homes, brains, lungs, tumors. Put organs on a chip. …


What Artists and Entrepreneurs Have in Common

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Historically, artists have always been entrepreneurs.

Whether they sought the support of a patron, were sponsored by the king, or died starving with with their ears bleeding: artists have pursued their passions at all cost. They are willing to sacrifice their comfort for the power of purpose and legacy. They are driven by a deep altruistic mission and selfish obsession at the same time. It’s irrational and it makes perfect sense.

We are not driven by money, we are driven by the desire to bring value to the world- instead of reaping value from it.

Some people spend their entire lives searching for meaning, we decide to do something meaningful instead. Social entrepreneurs and artists are made of the same stuff. It’s ironic that we should even add the word “social” ahead of entrepreneurship. If you are social entrepreneurs, what do we call the rest? …

About

Natasha Tsakos

Show Creator • Visioneer • Playful Futurist • Inventing possibilities through theatrical experiences @TED speaker @SingularityU alumnus • NatashaTsakos.com

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