On January 7th, 2012 when I walk off the stage at TEDxYouth@TheWoodlands, that is how I hope the audience will describe my presentation.¬† They have no choice you see because ‚ÄúRidiculous, Ludicrous, Amateurish!‚ÄĚ is in fact the title of my presentation.
Today, the words ‚Äúridiculous, ludicrous, and amateurish‚ÄĚ wear ugly grey connotations of the inept, the incompetent, the inappropriate, and the inane. But originally, they wore the vivaciously bright colors of laughter (ridere, Latin), play (ludere, Latin), and for-love (amare, Latin). It is these colors with which I paint my life.
The benefits to emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being that laughter, play and love bring are both intuitively obvious and supported by research. I am particularly interested in the additional practical benefits they bring to the development of creative capability and character in youth. (more…)