#WDS2014 – AJ Jacobs – experiment – the human guinea pig

AJ Jacobs starts off the #WDS2014 conference. What a great speaker – could be a stand up comedian. 

His motto: Be bold, Be experimental and do it strategically

Shares his story of living a year following every rules in the Bible. One big lesson is say thank you to everything. And pretending to be a better person works … “It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking that to think your way into a new way of acting” – Fake till you make it.

New experiment is to organize a global family reunion and you can create big family trees.

2_AJ Jacobs global family reunion

Geni / wikitree is a website to create an enormous family tree.

Reasons to add your family tree:
– scientific value
– brings history alive
– interconnectedness
– A kinder world (when you are family)

Scientists say that we’re only ’50 cousins’ away from each other.

AJ Jacobs is organizing a global family reunion. Speakers, music, scaventer hunts, … and AJ Jacobs is inviting a lot of famous ‘cousins’ to come to the party. We all share 99.9 percent of DNA. Throwing a big family reunion. Whole world is invited because we’re all relatives of each other.

You’re invited: June 6, 2015 – it’s a crazy work to network. Just call somebody and say that you’re a cousin.

Great start of the conference with the song ‘We are family’.


2_AJ Jacobs profileA.J. Jacobs (@ajjacobs) is a human guinea pig and the author of four New York Times bestsellers. Among them, The Year of Living Biblically, about his quest to follow the hundreds of rules in the Bible, and Drop Dead Healthy, about his project to become the healthiest person in the world.

He has also outsourced his life, lived by the rules of George Washington, and read the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z. He is the Editor at Large at Esquire magazine and a regular contributor to NPR.

His next project is to hold the Largest Family Reunion in history. You are invited. Because the truth is, we are all cousins.

2017-02-01T16:00:59+00:00 Categories: Conference, Creativity, Examples, International|Tags: , , |0 Comments