February 27, 2010

ted: aimee mullins (the opportunity of adversity)

I just found out about Aimee Mullins through TED, an annual conference where the worlds' most inspired individuals gather in Long Beach, CA for a week of world changing ideas and forward thinking. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot to talk about their experiences. This year Aimee Mullins was one of those speakers. Mullins was born with fibular hemimelia (missing fibula bones) and, as a result had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was a year old. She is an athlete, actress, model, activist for women, and leader of next generation of prosthetics. Mullins has gone far beyond how the traditional medical community might design artificial limbs. "It doesn’t have to be about function… it can be artful, it can be whimsical." If you have 20 minutes please watch the video. She has a beautiful spirit and is a wonderful speaker. "It is our humanity and all of our potential within it that makes us beautiful." —Aimee Mullins

One day I hope to attend a TED conference. Tickets sell out a year in advance and I'm sure they are not cheap... I'll put it on my goal list.

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