Mick Ebeling Biography
Mick Ebeling is a cultural and technology trailblazer.
He is the CEO of Not Impossible, an organization that develops creative solutions to real-world problems…like the Eyewriter an open source, low-cost, DIY device which enables people with paralysis to communicate and create art using only the movement of their eyes and Project Daniel, making prosthetic limbs using 3-D printing techniques to help children in war torn Sudan.
Ebeling changes lives. Without specialist knowledge and using just his creativity and a few nuts and bolts he’s set to work solving real life problems – like how to get an artist with paralysis creating again. The result is award winning work and the proof that nothing is impossible.
He has spoken to groups and organizations all over the world, including Microsoft, The National Medical Association and at events like TEDx and SXSW According to US fitness guru Jillian Michaels his work is, “a road map to changing your life by changing the lives of others.”
A film producer by trade – part of the “make-movement” which grew out of the hackers of a decade ago, he decided to take on a series of creative challenges, finding ways to invent new, simple, do-it-yourself technologies to help people surmount seemingly impossible odds.
For less than a hundred dollars he made prosthetic arms for a boy whose arms had been blown off in the war in Sudan. Project Daniel earned a huge number of awards, including the Titanium Cannes Lion, 3 Bronze Lions (Branded Content, Film, & Cyber), and 1 Gold (Product Design. The film of the project has been entered into the MoMA’s permanent film archives.
Current/Past Roles and Positions
- The Eyewriter named one of the “Top 50 Inventions of 2010,” by Time Magazine
- Honoured as one of the Top 50 Most Creative People of 2014
- 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award
- Project Daniel film had over a billion media impressions in 1 year
- Author of Not Impossible -The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done
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Testimonials for Mick Ebeling
“That was the first time I’ve drawn anything in seven years. I feel like I had been held under water, and someone finally reached down, and pulled my head up so I could take a breath.”
“The template for a new science of consciousness,”Deepak Chopra on the book Not Impossible
“It’s hard to imagine any other device doing more to make the world a better place.”
“Mick inspired us with his message that anyone can make a positive difference right now. There was a standing ovation at the end of his talk, and more than a year later I still hear from people that Mick motivated them to do something meaningful, to act, and to make a difference.”Eric Ewing
Mick Ebeling‘s Topics
Take a Hollywood producer, a NY professor, a fine artist and a hacker with a criminal record…Put them together and what do you get? A device that helped a paralyzed man create drawings using only the movement of his eyes. Collaboration comes in many form, some of them unexpected. In this talk, Mick discusses the tools necessary to become a stellar collaborator, and to recognize the traits of collaboration-worthy individuals for your next big idea.
Social Innovation thru Open Source
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The Fallacy of “Impossible"
Since the launch of the Eyewriter and Not Impossible Foundation, Mick has passionately studied the concept of “Impossible.” All the modern conveniences we see around us were once considered “impossible” by people who didn?t know any better. Synthetic fabrics, cell phones and digital watches (not to mention cars and computers) were all figments of the imagination until inspiration met execution and the impossible became a reality. In this talk, Mick dives deeper into “Impossible,” the underlying psychological affects it has on an organization, and how to overcome “Impossible” so true innovation can take place.
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Making the Next Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution 2.0 is the next turning point in human history and we’re right in the middle of it. Industrial Revolution 2.0 has been about the birth, adolescence and young adulthood of the Internet. It’s been about communicating, relating, evaluating, and buying. From social media to the Maker Movement, this “revolution” has shifted the way we live, work, and interact with one another. It revolves around the newfound global accessibility to making our own solutions. Having created one of Time Magazine’s “Top 50 Inventions” with little more than $70 of over-the-counter supplies, Mick outlines the contributing factors that make this the most exciting time in modern history and how to capitalize on it for social and business good.