TEDxBroadway 2015 Video: Sree Sreenivasan

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.

One of the best things about working with Sree on his TEDxBroadway 2015 talk was visiting him at the Met Museum. He’d meet me at the door, and then we’d just walk past all the places where the throngs of people would be lining up and waiting to go in. He hardly even had to flash his ID at the security folks, because they all knew him. It was Cheers-like, I tell ya.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes at TEDxBroadway fact: Sree was actually supposed to be at TEDxBroadway 2014, but an art emergency prevented him from coming. So if you were a first-timer at the event this year, you got lucky! Even more interesting, we were working on a concept for his talk that never happened in 2014, and when we started working together again for the 2015 event, we started with that same talk.

Then one day, Sree called me and said, “I want to take this talk in a different direction.”

The next time I met him at the museum, he brought the point of his talk to life, casually pointing out truly stunning artifacts as we walked by them. “Wow,” was pretty much all I could think to say in response. His point was this: There’s more interesting stuff to talk about than people have mental bandwidth to think about. That’s the world we live in, so what are you going to do about that?

Watch his talk and find out.

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