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Simone Lackerbauer

Product Manager, M.A., Creator, ProSiebenSat.1 Games

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Change Through Imagination and Fiction: we need to communicate our ideas & visions to make them real.

I have been fascinated by the way how ideas and visions, especially related to new technologies, are communicated in real life (TED Talks, scientific conferences, academe) and in fiction (science fiction, cyberculture). I want to explore certain aspects of creativity, fiction, and technological utopia -- visions of the future, fuelled by innovation, new technologies, gadgets, visions, dreams, rumors related to high-tech and small-scale technologies.

One of my hypotheses is that we need imagination and fiction to communicate our visions in order to foster change; for better or worse. Every innvoation starts as pure fiction, so the more we imagine and envision, the more we will be able to innovate and to channel our imagination for positive change.

A commercial example: Steve Jobs had a very particular idea about personal computers and gadgets; the systems he built (as opposed to the ones Steve Wozniak favored) were (and are) "closed" systems, communicating a vision of completedness and a certain digital lifestyle.

A cultural example: TED Speakers use the TED platform -- and bend to the TED rules -- to communicate their ideas. Many Speakers have had special presentation training, many of them have stunning visualizations of their ideas -- impressive slides, fascinating computer animations to communicate their ideas and partly their fiction of what might be possible -- to share their visions and to help them become reality one day.

A scientific example: scientists come up with theories based on observations, then they try to make them real by experimenting, by observing, by comparing, by publishing papers, by talking to peers and eventually by finding evidence (at least in most cases).

Do you think fiction has the power to provoke change? Do you think we need fiction to give our visions more substance and to push them towards reality? Is fiction in everyday life settings powerful? Is fiction dangerous? Can fiction foster innovation and change?

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    Oct 11 2011: You are very Wise, Simone:

    Although WE are Creating the Comics, as Our/MY Passion for "The Telling of the Stories" and my lifetime love of reading and writing; The Conclusion that You have imagined is So Smartly Correct in Your Assumption.

    Our Creations, of The Comics and Novels is to help Change the World's mindset of People all over the World, to be as A Positive Spreading of Images for People of All Colors; Black, White, Chinese, Japanese, Hispanic, Mongolian, Italian, African, etc...

    Whenever Children see Super Heroes, who look like themselves, and their Cultures, it Gives them Positive images of Visionary Models of Courage, Power, and Helps aspire them to seek to Achieve Greater Positive things life. IT means so very, very much to be able to Have Toys and Gadgets, and Action Figures, Comics, Animations, Films, Video games which depict Positive Super Heroes, and Positive Images for Children, and IT is Established that These Types of Positive Images inspire Hope, and Dreams, which can give rise to NEW Scientific and Technological advances. the sci-fi aspect within the Comics help spur Imaginations towards the Futuristic NEW Discoveries that can be achieved.

    So, Yes YOU have Our Missions and Goals really Correctly Observed. YOU are a Very wise and Smart Person.

    Much Love & Friendship,

    Terry, AKA "the Warrior" Super Hero
    I am very honored to be your friend. Thanks! we "HONOR" WOMEN & MOMS: http://theSIBORG.COM/ http://FamilyMediaSite.com/ http://TDMComics.com/
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      Oct 18 2011: Terry, thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and experience. I would indeed like to read your poem on "Checks & Balances" and I would even more be interested in an outline of what you have done so far. Please don't hesitate to send me an email via TED.com -- I want to know more about your project(s) and see whether I could use your example as a case study for my Master's thesis... if you are interested, that is!

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