Composing your world | Kai Kight | TEDxManhattanBeach




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Published on Dec 4, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The safe path has it's own risks of regret, and in addition to performing his own provocative original scores, composer and violinist Kai Kight gracefully reveals the inspiration that propelled him to pursue the life he had only dreamed of.

Kai Kight is an innovative violinist, composer, and graduate of Stanford University’s design program. As an artist, Kai breaks through the traditional boundaries of the violin by creating music that connects the classical world with popular genres. He has performed his music for thousands including at TEDx Stanford and the White House. For his innovative work as a designer, Kai was named a 2013 Design Fellow for the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins and has been highlighted in Fast Company’s Design issue. During his time at Stanford, Kai was also selected as a Mayfield Fellows Program, a prestigious entrepreneurship fellowship directed by Stanford’s Technology Ventures Program.

Kai believes that each person has the capacity to bring a unique and authentic idea into the world, they just have to rethink the rules and boundaries that limit what they perceive as possible. He currently is on tour sharing this important message with organizations and universities around the United States.

Favorite TED talk: Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action.

Kai’s favorite game changer is psychologist, innovator and mentor BJ Fogg. He helps people and organizations to innovate by building small and healthy habits. He admires him because in a world where ‘motivation’ is often seen as the key contributor to one’s success, he has created a unique system to simplify how we view actionable behavior change.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


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