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The problem with Visionaries is they are often Deviants, and until they've found at least minor success, getting backing for their ideas, is almost impossible. Society, in particular Foundations & Philanthropists, needs to do a better job of embracing and supporting the Idea People.

I friend had this to say about me in a blog post about the situation in Detroit:

"Because resistance to change is a big problem. And if we don't figure out how to get over it, or around it, or through it, it will slowly kill us.

Here's an example of what I mean. One of the smartest, most creative, purest intellectuals I know is exactly the kind of guy that needs to be sitting in a group that has been tasked with developing creative solutions to problems. But society looks at him and says, "He doesn't quite fit the mold," so they discard him and his ideas – when those ideas are precisely what we need right now.

Being able to inspire and motivate people of different backgrounds is our greatest hope, I believe, at inventing our way out of this mess."

Ghandi is often credited with saying, "First the ignore you, then they mock you, then they fight you, then you win." I take comfort in this thought, as it reminds me that having my ideas ignored, made fun of, and even contested means I'm on the right path.

Have fun at SxSW, Valeria. :)

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