Candy Chang is an artist living in New Orleans and creates beautiful, simple projects that bring together strangers in her local community in surprisingly profound ways.
In one, she painted a huge chalkboard on a wall with space for people to complete the sentence “Before I die I want to…” and left it for anyone to write on.
Watch her moving and inspiring 6 minute TED Talk below to see what happened.
Inspired by the results, Candy created a kit for people to create their own version and it has now been replicated around the world.
I love the responses this project has engendered and I also love how these relatively simple projects of Candy’s are touching on such profound topics while bringing local people together.
So, how would you complete that sentence?
Notice that people in the video have responded in all sorts of ways from the big – “Save a life” or “See the world” to the small and seemingly inconsequential – “Own a monkey”, “Go 200 mph” and “Have fun”.
And whether you want to change the world or own a monkey there is a way for you to have something of that experience pretty damn soon. So perhaps it won’t be practical to actually own a monkey, but you can go and hang out with monkeys by going here or, a little closer to home for people in the UK, here.
This is what Screw Work is really about – not thinking in the limited terms of a ‘Career’ or a conventional business but looking in the broadest terms at what you really want for yourself (and for others) – and then playing out the adventure to get there, starting right now.
How do you complete the sentence “Before I die I want to…”?
What do you want to do before you die, whether big or small, profound or (seemingly) silly? Leave a comment and let us know.