Benjamin Zander: How fascinating!


The only conductor to ever lead the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Zander is a prophet of human potential and an unrivaled champion of joie de vivre.  Watch as he helps unlock the boundless potential of a 15 year old cellist and teaches the entire Pop!Tech audience what it means to live in a world of possibility.  View Pop!Cast video
From PopTech Blog by Michelle Riggen-Ransom:
Zander treated the Pop!Tech audience (and Nikolai, his lucky student) to a transformative music lesson. Now you can view the Pop!Cast and watch as Ben coaxes the magic out of his student, who before our eyes infuses his playing with more passion and joyous emotion then you would think possible from a fifteen-year old.

Zander, a long-time advocate for embracing life’s possibilities rather than living in the “downward spiral” of negativity, also inspired an impromptu meme at the Pop!Tech closing dinner. His advice during his presentation was, when you make a mistake, throw your arms up in the air and say “How fascinating!” Pop!Tech attendee Tierney O’Dea (with a little help from me) managed to catch almost five hundred people doing just that. View the slides.

It seemed a fitting end to a week where, in spite of all the recent fiscal, environmental and humanitarian mistakes we’ve made, the possibility of what we can accomplish still feels boundless.