TEDxBroadway 2015 Video: Daniel J. Watts

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 11.27.59 AMEditor’s note: Jim curates TEDxBroadway each year, working with the speakers on their presentations and helping them to answer the question: “What’s the best Broadway can be?” Below is his insight into the process, so you can find out exactly how this informative and inspiring day comes together.

I sent Daniel an email about a month before TEDxBroadway saying something like, “You have no idea who I am but I’m Jim and I’d like to talk to you about being on TEDxBroadway.” I figured there was only a small chance he’d respond to a stranger who reached out with no introduction, but he did. Not only that, but he said he’d be thrilled to be part of the event.

So, we started working together on his presentation, and that was all fine.

And then just a few weeks before the event, I called Daniel again with an unreasonable request: How would you like to provide all of the music for the day? He thought about it long enough to make sure he could pull it off and then said, “Yes, let’s do it!”

So we did, and it worked! For those of you who weren’t there, Daniel and his band started the event without a name. We were literally calling them the Band-Without-a-Name, but they came out in the third session and announced they had one. Innerview.

Innerview was a killer house band for TEDxBroadway 2015!

This video, though, is Daniel’s personal talk, though it’s also backed up by Innerview. What I love most about Daniel’s work is the simple idea that emphasizing what’s similar about people is more important than emphasizing what’s different.

As they say in the Carolinas where Daniel and I grew up, Amen to that!

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