Author of Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers & Rebels
In eye-opening and inspiring talks, Quart speaks about the people she’s interviewed on the very edges of American life who are becoming increasingly visible, organized, and effective, in part due to the Web. She argues that looking to and welcoming these outsiders will help everyone be more efficient, self-actualized, and innovative—and even experience the personal and sometimes financial benefits to staying unique.
Rebel Yell: How â€œOutsidersâ€ Are Changing Our Perspective
Alissa Quart has interviewed hundreds of mavericks: the neurodiverse who believe they are wired differently rather than being simply autistic, people who track every aspect of their lives and are known as “self-quantifiers,” Occupy Wall Street’s “alternative bankers,” and many others. She has published their stories in a number of publications, from The New York Times to Newsweek to O Magazine. The people she writes about often start out on their outsider path when authorities or institutions have failed them, and have to fall back on their own intelligence to survive. In this talk, Quart offers a profoundly important and also fresh perspective gleaned from her perceptive reporting on people with unusual talents, personalities, and disabilities. She argues we may succeed due to our wayward qualities and affinities rather than in spite of them.
In Republic of Outsiders and her keynotes, Quart explains how inclusion of and identification with the edges of our society can help all of us. She asks her audiences to come up with the sentences that describe what they think of as their weaknesses and strengths and, by the end of her talk, shows how connected these two seemingly opposing characteristics are. She maintains that some of the edgiest concepts promoted by rights movements or independent artists have inspired the mainstream—and can inspire us personally.
Original Thinking: How â€œOutsidersâ€ Are Sparking Corporate Innovation
In this talk, Alissa Quart explains how inclusion of and identification with people on the edges of our society can influence corporations and be the catalyst for positive change. She draws on her intensive research to tell powerful stories of transformation. She relays the story of disaffected financial service workers who have banded together to launch a cooperative bank and low-cost debit card, based on broad and radical ideas about relieving inequity. She goes deep into the world of self-quantifiers, a group that has gone from strange geeks on the West Coast timing their meals and naps under the rubric of Quantified Self to the instigators and sometimes creators of a multi-billion dollar industry of exercise and movement sensors. By telling the tales of these uncommon people, Quart moves audiences to find inspiration in new places and look for unexpected innovators everywhere.
Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers and Rebels
"We have long received our information, therapy, films, and even vegetables from authoritative sources: from insiders, trained or ordained to dispense this knowledge or cultural products. Most of the rebels in this book are changing that equation." —from Republic of Outsiders
Republic of Outsiders is the story of the growing number of Americans who disrupt the status quo. It’s about the outsiders who, freed of middlemen and armed with new technology, are able to make their unusual ideas go viral. They include everyone from amateur filmmakers who crowdsource their work to transgender and neurodiverse activists and “alternative” bankers. These outsiders create and package new identities in a process acclaimed author Alissa Quart dubs “identity innovation.” They push the boundaries of who they—and we—can be and what we can do. They even turn co-optation to their benefit.
In a brilliant and far-reaching account, Quart introduces us to those who have created new structures to keep themselves sane; fulfilled; and, on occasion, paid. This deeply reported book shows how and why these groups now gather, organize, and create new communities and economies. Republic of Outsiders is a critical examination of how to make rebellion or amateurism a strength rather than a weakness.
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