What if you discovered by accident that you could change the world? Mick Ebeling—a film producer by trade, optimist by nature—set out to perform a simple act of kindness that quickly turned into a lifelong mission. In the process he discovered that he could, indeed, change the world—and this fascinating new book shows how you can, too.
On the cutting edge of the new “Maker Movement”—an outgrowth of the “hackers” of a decade ago—Mick Ebeling has found ways to create new, simple, do-it-yourself technologies to help people surmount seemingly impossible odds. With a bunch of nuts and bolts, a few jimmy-rigged web cameras and a coat hanger, he got a paralyzed artist drawing again; for less than a hundred bucks, he made prosthetic arms for a boy whose arms had been blown off in the war in Sudan.
From the beginning, Ebeling has dreamed big, but that doesn’t mean his accomplishments have come easy. He’s had to deal with the little voice in his head we all recognize—the skeptical, disbelieving part that says, “Sorry, this ain’t happening.” Yet he found the courage to ignore that voice and move on. And believe. And get things done. The first result was the Eyewriter, which Time magazine called one of the “Top 50 Inventions of 2010,” a device that tracks eye movements and translates them into a cursor on a screen, then into paint on a canvas or a sculpture design. Later he travelled to the Sudan with the homemade prosthetic hand his team created and taught the locals to use the 3D printers—now every week another armless boy gets new working limbs and hands.
Fascinating, inspiring, and bursting with optimism and new ideas, Not Impossible is a true testament to the power of determination. It will motivate you to accept the idea that all problems can be solved—and that you have the ability to change the world and make miracles happen.
Raised in a family of entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Mick Ebeling is founder of the Not Impossible Foundation, a nonprofit organization that develops creative solutions to real-world problems, as well as The Ebeling Group, an international production company and creative think tank, representing some of the world’s leading design and directing collectives. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Caskey, and three children.
“A unique and inspiring journal of brave abandon. Mick's journey, along the thin border between naivete and genius, becomes a cautionary tale about caution itself – and how to learn to abandon it. It is the story of a free, open, maker world where the most uncommon ideas become common sense.”
– Nicholas Negroponte, Professor and Co-Founder of MIT Media Lab, Founder of One Laptop per Child, Author of Being Digital
“This is the template for a new science of consciousness. Mick Ebeling sees impossible just as a word for something not yet done. Read his book. Think like him. Then do the impossible.”
– Deepak Chopra
“Mick Ebeling’s been a friend of mine for a long time but, after reading Not Impossible, he’s become one of my heroes.”
– Matt Fraction
"This is a fantastic read if you want to change the world, change the system, or just change yourself. A perfect embodiment of of the idea that 'the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.'"
– Shepard Fairey
“Not Impossible is a masterful achievement: A road map to changing your life by changing the lives of others. The inspirational tales in this book show how to toss of old ways of thinking and look at the world from a new perspective. Mick has found a way to do just that.”
– Jillian Michaels
New York University Tandon School of Engineering (2016/2017)