Mashable said about Palmer’s talk, “Amanda Palmer wins TED.” Susan Cain, author of the New York Times Bestseller Quiet, about the power of introverts, called it “A gorgeous talk.” Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk called it “Fascinating, poignant and innovative.” Professor Brené Brown, author of the runaway hit Dare Greatly, about the power of vulnerability, said, simply, “Amanda Palmer just blew me away at TED.” Maria Popova, author of the brilliant, cerebral, intellectual-cultural smorgasboard of a blog, Brainpickings called it “The best talk so far, by far.” Palmer’s husband, bestselling author Neil Gaiman said, “I have never been happier or prouder.”
The praise is well deserved. Palmer’s talk is a poignant reminder of how connected we really are — by simple virtue of our humanity, and it portends a world, already being ushered in, in which our connections to one another are what we’ll matter most of all, not in a mushy, Kumbaya way (or not only that), but in tangible, worldly and, yes, financial ways. That’s what social media and crowdsourcing and ideas we haven’t dreamed up yet have brought us. As we speak, the world is in the midst of what I call the Interconnectedness Revolution. If the Industrial Revolution brought us a prosperous world (though often at the expense of people and the planet), the Interconnectedness Revolution is bringing us a world predicated upon a simple truth: that there is only one of us, and that the way forward is to connect.
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PAULA PURYEAR is a Lawyer, Film & Television writer, HuffPoster and Founder of Revel In It Mag.