John Hockenberry at TED2012: A Life with Intent

Friday, March 02, 2012 - 01:03 PM

John Hockenberry at TED2012 on March 2, 2012. John Hockenberry speaks at TED2012 (James Duncan Davidson/flickr)

The Takeaway host John Hockenberry spoke Friday at TED2012 in Long Beach, California.

Design has always been a part of Hockenberry's life. His father, who was a designer for IBM and Kodak, taught him what good design looked like.

Poor design is also what caused him to spend his life in a wheelchair. “Thirty-six years ago this week, I was in a poorly designed automobile that hit a poorly designed guardrail on a poorly designed road in Pennsylvania, plummeted down an embankment and killed two people in the car."

After the accident, "I had no option but to make up this new life without walking. A life with intent, lived by design, covering the original with something better."

Also, John sat down to talk with Jennifer Pahlka, the founder and executive director of Code for America. You can hear that interview here. Here is an interview with Nobel-Laureate Leymah Gbowee on peace in Liberia, and the world. And of course, the segment from earlier in the week with oil magnate T. Boone Pickens about the future of energy

You can read more about the TED conference here and here

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