What Does Chaos+Clarity Mean to You?

 

At TEDMED this year, we are excited to explore the power of the interplay between Chaos and Clarity. Typically, clarity is thought to emerge from chaos, but we see chaos and clarity as symbionts, two expressions of the same force that propel us toward new discovery. Sometimes clarity is hidden inside of chaos, waiting to be discovered. Other times, the clearest of solutions can yield a chaos of new questions requiring new investigation.

The relationship between chaos and clarity is different in each of our lives, and we want to know how the TEDMED Community experiences this relationship. That’s why we’re asking each of our Partners, Speakers, Innovators, Delegates, and our entire community, to finish the following “equation”:

“To me, Chaos+Clarity=_____________.”

To help everyone connect with the theme, we’re asking a few warmup questions:

  • How has the interplay between Chaos+Clarity inspired you and your work?
  • What are you most clear about? What in your life is chaotic?
  • Where do you experience chaos and clarity the most?
  • How would you describe the relationship between Chaos+Clarity?

And, we kicked things off by reaching out to members of our 2018 Editorial Advisory Board (EAB), to see what chaos+clarity means to them. You can see what some had to say below.

Now, we want to hear from you!
Complete the Chaos+Clarity equation and tag us on Twitter (@TEDMED), and on Facebook and Instagram (@TEDMEDcommunity). Be creative – there’s no right or wrong answer to this equation (and good news, you don’t even have to show your work). Don’t forget to use #TEDMED!


Adam Goulburn:
Chaos+Clarity=  “The tension that drives progress and innovation.”


Alicia Jackson:
Chaos+Clarity=  “New insights to propel humanity forward.”

Giles Newton:
Chaos+Clarity=  “Hearing that one idea that makes you sit up and go ‘wow’!”

Harith Rajagopalan:
Chaos+Clarity=  “Superior understanding of complex problems.”

Jeff Karp:
Chaos+Clarity=  “My Life.”


Kafui Dzirasa:
Chaos+Clarity=  “Passion*Purpose^2/Time”


Lucy Kalanithi:
Chaos+Clarity=  “Parenting a 4-year-old.”


Nadja Oertelt:
Chaos+Clarity=  “Integrating the complexity of big healthcare problems into pragmatic solutions, not denying it.”

Roxanne Khamsi
Chaos+Clarity= “The duality that medicine can be simple and complex at the same time.”

Sara Gorman:
Chaos+Clarity=  “The necessary, sometimes maddening process of researching and learning new things in science and health.”

Udaya Patnaik:
Chaos+Clarity=  “The recipe for innovation! Swim in the Chaos (data, noise, seemingly irrelevant ephemera, and positively weird phenomena) to find Clarity (inspiration, order, patterns, insight, understanding, and meaning).”

 

We look forward to seeing you soon in Palm Springs, CA. If you plan on joining us, be sure to register soon, time is running out!