Here's to the crazy ones that change the world: Digital Parents Conference 2012 ~ My IdeaLife

Friday 30 March 2012

Here's to the crazy ones that change the world: Digital Parents Conference 2012

"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels the troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo.You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, about the only thing you can't do is ignore them, because they change things, they push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones we see genius because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."

Today I spoke on a panel at the Digital Parents Conference in Melbourne on working with brands. I started the session with this ad from Apple in 1997 because it is so inspirational and it still rings true today. The only thing that is a little different is that genius is no longer only found in the ranks of famous people.

It is found in the true story of someone's life, the humour that keeps someone else going, the drive another has for a good cause and the courage they all have to share part of themselves on their blog. Social media is a revolution, it gives nobodies a voice and it moves influence back to many rather than few.

That passion and influence is worth more than a bottle of moisturiser, and I hope from today we will realise that when we choose to collaborate with brands that we love and are passionate about, we'll remember that.

 I dedicate this to any one with an internet connection. You can change the world and if you are not certain well you can be certain that some of you have already changed at least one life today.

I have listed the twitter handles of those who moved me today below, please add your gamechangers too!

Andrea @FoxinFlats
 Clint @ReservoirDad
Nathalie @EasyPeasyKids
Lisa @sawhole
Darren @problogger

and of course Maria @mums_word Trae @glowless Kirrily @shortn_tweet and Brenda @mummytime who made it all happen!


  1. "genius is no longer only found in the ranks of famous people"


    Great post Nicole x

  2. Thanks for the mention :) The internet is an amazing, empowering beast.

    Btw, my Twitter handle is @singular_insane ;-)

  3. Thank you so much: I am so glad that my perspective struck a chord! Xx

  4. Hi Dorothy - sorry about the twitter handle, yours was one I was sure I knew off by heart obviously not!! Really enjoyed your story - thanks for sharing so honestly,

    Nic x

  5. Nic, you rocked that panel yesterday! Wonderful words I'll remember too! Thank you. denyse xx

  6. Our Blogs are our voices and we are worth so much more than moisturizer, so very true, It's the only highlighted note I wrote in my notepad. Had an awesome time, hope I get too see you sooner, how much fun was the photobooth -that rocked, I'm still smiling XX

  7. A voice for the people, by the people? x

  8. aah, that quote has been rattling in my head since the conference, great to see it written down! Thank you!

  9. Thanks Rah - shame you weren't there would have been fun to have a dance again. Nx

    No worries at all Omega - I am so tragic I had to not watch the video too closely on the day as I always tear up, which would have made an interesting start to moderating the session!

    Great line Maxabella!

    Lucy your blog your story was very inspiring - thanks for sharing. xx

    (Now off to try and get Disqus working on this custom blogger template so I can respond in a thread!!!! Sorry)

  10. Thank you for mentioning me! I am still processing everything but it was a really amazing day xx

  11. Thank you for including me in the people who moved you. I have been uplifted, carried and held by the blogging community this week, and it feels amazing.

  12. No problems Zoey and Kristie - I just thought you were both so brave to stand up and share your heart with us. Of course I cried with you Kristie, for your loss but also because of your strength. Big hugs amazing person! Nxxx


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