How a Creative Childhood Created One of the World’s Most Inspired Minds

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Part 1 (of 4): Lisa Messenger asks the big questions of futurist & Internet philosophy sensation Jason Silva

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He tries to deconstruct anxiety, explore the spectacle of existence and freely admits to being 100 per cent addicted to awe. He is an artist, futurist, philosopher, motivational speaker and filmmaker, with millions of views and an Emmy nomination to his name.

But what is Jason Silva really up to?

Technology, disruption, creativity, innovation, altered states of consciousness, philosophy, existentialism and on it goes… But, is there an end game here?

As part of her Real and Raw series, Collective Hub Editor-In-Chief Lisa Messenger went beachside with the global sensation to ask just that.

 

Want to know more? This series is designed to dig a bit deeper with some of the biggest, most inspired minds across the planet, to discover who they are, how they got there and what really makes them tick. So on a beach in Sydney, amongst birds and battling flies, Jason revels how his poetic, artistic childhood in Venezuela as the son of an academic and businessman helped shape him and the evolution of his ideas.

“I think I was one of those old souls,” he says. “I was obsessed with documentation, capturing slices of life before they passed. From a very young age, I was acutely aware of the ephemerality of life and it caused a lot of despair… and my way of raging against the dying of the light was through film.”

Jason also talks about the monetisation of his ideas, early opportunities and how a small audience is not always a bad thing.

Watch the full interview

Want more? Find out what’s on Jason’s his bookshelf, his thoughts on purpose and existence and why we can’t help being human.

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