We recently went to the MODA (Museum Of Design Atlanta) and saw John Bielenberg speak about his career. It was one of the most influential talks we’ve ever attended, and it wasn’t just because we haven’t attended many talks. He spoke about his time working with big corporate clients in the design world and feeling like he was “greasing the wheels of Capitalism”. He didn’t believe that the “top of the ladder” was the goal he was striving to reach in life. His path into finding himself and helping others change the world, began with the creation of Project M; M standing for [Samuel] Mockbee, an architect and co-founder of the Auburn University Rural Studio program in Hale County, Alabama. Mockbee inspired young students to do meaningful work specifically in Hale County. Project M is a program for creative people who are inspired to contribute to the greater good, and are looking for a platform to collaborate and generate ideas for projects bigger than themselves. It aims to drive positive change, challenge the status quo and ‘think wrong’ in the process. Hearing John speak about all his past successes, non of which he actually takes credit for, made me feel even more proud to have created Off THA Couch, and more motivated to push it harder than ever. We believe we have something to say and that the uninspired souls can’t go without hearing it. Their future depends on them being inspired to take action themselves. We were fortunate enough to interview John for the OTC Documentary (coming soon) and he had a lot of great things to say. I can only hope that one day I am as big of an influence on this world as John has been in his career. Check out John’s Project M and Future to see his impact on the world and learn how “thinking wrong” can lead to changing the world.
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