Can a Coffee Pot Change the World?


Back in 1991, a coffee pot and a group of scientists at Cambridge University's Computer Laboratory did just that.

The coffee pot was in one room, and to prevent fruitless trips for coffee, a small live image of the coffee pot was provided to the scientists' computers in other parts of the building. This small image became the inspiration for the world's first webcam and, in 1993, became a landmark worldwide image for early internet users. 

In August 2001 the camera was switched off when the Computer Laboratory moved to new premises. The coffee pot (a German model) was auctioned on eBay for around US$5000 to the German "Der Spiegel" magazine. The refurbished coffee pot is now back online. 

This is a case of convenience being the mother of invention and a local image becoming a universal one. It also demonstrates how small everyday things can lead to major change. 

By changing a few small daily habits or routines we too can eventually move to greater things. If coffee and convenience can lead to the world's first webcam, what's to stop us from making small changes in our daily lives? Remember, coffee doesn't make itself; neither does change. 

If a coffee pot can become a universal image of progress, it demonstrates how the mundane can become the magnificent. Never underestimate the power of changing small things and how change in you can influence others. 

Change can be a daily experience, sometimes it percolates like coffee before it manifests itself. Change can be like your daily caffeine but far more than a temporary shot that helps you face the world. If the need for coffee can change the world, so can you. 


"Things do not change; we do."

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American poet, author and philosopher. 

Do you let the change moments go, preferring the comfort zone of your predictable status quo? 

"Nothing endures but change."

Heraclitus (535-475 BC), Greek philosopher. 

Are you sure your change will endure?


“Change is inevitable, except from vending machines!”

Comedy quote, found from somewhere, but we love it!! 

Charles Kovess CSP


Charles Kovess CSP is a lawyer, successful businessman, professional speaker and passion provocateur.

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