William Fisher

Charlotte, NC, United States

About William

An idea worth spreading

We went into the new millennium and now out the other side like a herd of rabbits through a wormhole. And so it is now as it was before: our future depends on our work today. We must toil each day to find other like-minded people who can work towards a vision of a more fulfilling future. Life isn't so difficult but many struggle to achieve a mere existence; perhaps never truly living. Its not too much trouble for those who have insight to help others find their way.

I'm passionate about

People. And contributing to the overall good of the collective group. I believe small changes in behavior can lead to great improvements in the human experience.

Talk to me about

your highest hope for the people around you. The ones in your family and at work and across town you'll never meet. What are you doing to bring that hope to reality.

People don't know I'm good at

ninja type things like catching myself from awful falls, crashes and near death experiences.

My TED story

I love being in the room with people smarter than me. Conversations have always been my most revered moments. TED talks have changed my perspective, helped give words to recent feelings and challenged me to share knowledge. I'm happy to be on the roster.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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William Fisher
Posted about 2 years ago
Can racism truly be eliminated?
Harvard has a test so you can see how prejudice you are. Race is probably the deepest..well second to gender I guess. I think prejudices go psychologically deeper in order of most obvious when at looking at another person naked. Well I'd have to flip disability and sexual preference there at the end of the line. https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/user/agg/blindspot/tablet.htm Here's the link for your eyes only I read a study where they found out the only way to switch prejudice mindsets is by spending time around people you are prejudice against. Petty tall order for a people who are "free" to do what they want. Not impossible-especially for a race of people who made it it to the moon and back and created life altering technologies which changed the natural course of existence. We'll have to turn a lot of that energy to create and solve internally in order to accomplish it tho. Well yeah..that's going to be close to impossible.
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William Fisher
Posted about 2 years ago
Motivating Leaders
The dialogue in the film is from actual conversations I've heard or had over the past year or so. I convinced my company to hire a filmmaker for marketing last year then I picked an activist who would help me go into communities to encourage leaders. Its a little rogue but that's my style. lol
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William Fisher
Posted about 2 years ago
Motivating Leaders
Yes Fritzie, appreciation. That's what I'm trying to get going. The millennium generation is a funny crowd. Recognition is a big part of their motivation. Meaning is another major component. Documenting their work as leaders gives them recognition for their impact that means something to others. Maybe they'll work until they get their film and then quit. I don't know. My heart is for the communities where people are not even trying. Maybe if they work until they get their film their kids and nieces and nephews will think they're idiots for stopping the work and pick it up in 5 years when they get to be old enough. Not sure the final outcome of it all. But I hear a lot of people talking about taking action. I didn't want to be one of them so I'm taking action. BTW-I got approval from TED to use their talk in my film. Here's a shorter version that was posted today. Would you help us share the film? We're at 300 views this morning! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwHfH9Q0aq4 Thank you Fritzie
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William Fisher
Posted about 2 years ago
Motivating Leaders
Hey thanks for your response Mike- I'd like to invite you to East August Commons. This is a community in Augusta, Georgia I spent some time at last year. There are over 300 homes stacked in on 8 acres. It is one of four similar communities on Boundary Street. Every family that is being raised in this community is on the Section 8 housing program which pays 100% of their rent based on their income. 0% of the residents experience what we call employment. And if they do ever decide to step up to the plate their rent will go up. I first arrived at East Augusta Commons at 11am in the morning. When I pulled in I could feel the heads turn to look at me through the hot dusty air. A teenager came up to my car and pointed and said, "I don't know why you're here but you need to come back another time..He was pointing to his neighbor's house whose door was getting kicked in by five police officers who were in full riot gear. These communities have no leaders. They are left to implode on themselves. It was then I began asking myself what I could do to help. How could I spend the little bit of free time I have during the week to make an impact. I decided telling the stories of those one or two people inside the community that are taking action would be my greatest contribution. Its not a carrot. Its a start. today is the release of the concept. I'd love for you to join me. Would you share our film in your social media space? We're at 300 views in two hours. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwHfH9Q0aq4 Thank you Mike, if Augusta is too far from you let me know. There are 1,000's of replica communities across America. Here's some data to show you where those communities are in my hometown of Charlotte. Notice the correlation between neighborhood programs and income and violent crime rate. http://maps.co.mecklenburg.nc.us/qoldashboard/ Here, there's no motivation or leaders.
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William Fisher
Posted about 2 years ago
Motivating Leaders
Hello Time Traveler- Thanks for writing. I've seen images of the future where everyone is working together to stop all the pain and suffering no one wants to talk about. The power to change those big problems lies in us as a collective group. Individually we are near powerless so its easier just to go about our day-to-day without using our energy to affect because we feel the powerlessness. But social media is changing that. Collectively, as a single mindset communicating to those small groups of individuals who hold the power we can use our togetherness to invoke conversation, create pressure and force change. Here's a film presentation of what we have been working on-I think leadership should be a topic of conversation today given our country was founded by a group of powerless individuals who got together to send a message! Happy 4th. please consider sharing our film in your own social media space. We're at 300 views in the past hour and half. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwHfH9Q0aq4 Thank you
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William Fisher
Posted about 2 years ago
Motivating Leaders
Nice link Mary, that guys sounds like someone you want to be friends with! Great to think of the number of people he's impacting. I know guys who have come home with PTSD; its not fun. Its usually a guy like him who directs them to getting back to living.
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William Fisher
Posted about 2 years ago
Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?
Thank you for posting Dan. My team is putting your talk into action. We are creating documentary style films which highlight the work of individuals who make an impact on the people around them. We believe by giving them a film which profiles their work it will motivate them to do more. Take for example a single mom who notices all the kids running around her community in the afternoon. She sets up a kind of after-school program where the kids can work together and learn how to keep themselves out of trouble. What would it mean to have a filmmaker come and help her express her passion and vision? What would it mean to her if online communities like TED shared her film around the Web and got her 100,000 hits on the film? Dan, I love your concept! Sounds like we can start a movement by simply having 1,000's of social media-ors share and scan the film..maybe just post, "uh-huh" lol
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William Fisher
Posted about 2 years ago
How are you helping your local community?
Hey Fritzie Thank you, here's a copy of the message I sent to ted@groupsjr.com. The subject was "Content Permission - Motivating Leaders" if anyone wants to chime in. Hello. We are documentary filmmakers creating films which highlight the work of leaders in communities across the country. Our concept is illustrated verbally by a TED talk from Dan Ariely, What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work. He says, simply looking at what someone has done motivates them to do more. We believe documenting ordinary people who are making an impact is the way to motivate them to do more in their community and encourage others to get involved as well. We would like to request permission to use a snippet of Dan Ariely's talk in the following film. This is the final cut we are requesting to use: http://youtu.be/0OI_kaO8xTQ thank you for your consideration.
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William Fisher
Posted about 2 years ago
How are you helping your local community?
Thank you Colleen, We will be posting our film presentation of the concept this evening, approx. runtime 5 minutes. Do you have friends who would help share it through their social media space? every little bit counts!