Mick Ebeling founded the Not Impossible Foundation, a nonprofit that develops creative solutions to real-world problems.

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Raised in a family of entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Mick Ebeling is founder of the Not Impossible Foundation, an organization comprised of thinkers, dreamers, and doers, with a mission to take ideas that once seemed impossible to possible, when the right people are connected and empowered. 

After befriending ALS patient and renown street artist named Tempt, he and a team of programmers, hackers, artists and inventors developed the EyeWriter -- a low-cost eye-tracking device that allows artists with the nerve disease ALS to draw using only their eyes. Since it’s creation, the EyeWriter has achieved noteworthy press and appearances including Time Magazine’s “Top 50 Inventions of 2010” as well as being honored at Advertising Age and Creativity’s 2010 “The Idea Conference.”

He is also the founder of The Ebeling Group, an international production company and creative think tank, representing some of the world's leading design and directing collectives.

He says: "If not now, then when? If not me, then who?" 

What others say

““That was the first time I’ve drawn anything in seven years. I feel like I had been held under water, and someone finally reached down, and pulled my head up so I could take a breath.”” — Tempt

Mick Ebeling’s TED talks

Mick Ebeling on the TED Blog

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TED Weekends shares the story of a once locked-in grafitti artist

April 27, 2013

Completely paralyzed except for his eyes, graffiti artist Tony “TEMPT” Quan could no longer create his art, let alone communicate with his family. When entrepreneur Mick Ebeling met Quan, he was determined to help the artist accomplish both of these things. Thus, the EyeWriter was born — a pair of glasses with hardware that allows […]

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Quotes from Mick Ebeling

That was the first time I’ve drawn anything for seven years. I feel like I had been held underwater, and someone finally reached down and pulled my head up so I could breathe.
Mick Ebeling
TEDActive 2011 • 863K views Apr 2011
Inspiring, Ingenious
We’ve created a device that has absolutely no limitations. There’s no insurance company that can say ‘no.’ There’s no hospital that can say ‘no.’ Anybody who’s paralyzed now has access to draw or communicate using only their eyes.
Mick Ebeling
TEDActive 2011 • 863K views Apr 2011
Inspiring, Ingenious