September 18, 2011

TED - Ideas worth spreading

I've mentioned TED videos and talks a few times throughout Skip to Malou* but a few people have recently asked me: what is TED exactly?
In short, TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. 

TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.

Started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds:  Technology, Entertainment, Design, TED has since broadened its scope to address an increasingly wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture. The annual TED conferences bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives - in 18 mins or less. 

Thandie Newton was one of this year's speakers at TEDGLobal in Edinburgh during Session 8: Embracing Otherness 
The TED videos are amazing and the whole programme has focused on offering free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. Speakers range from world leaders to celebrities and street artists, from teachers to roboticists and architects.
Anonymous artist JR speaks during Session 4: Future Billions during TEDGlobal in Edinburgh. JR won the 2011 TED Prize as a result of his concept and great work and I featured it on a post here.
TED is best thought of as a global community. It's a community welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED seeks out the most interesting, unusual and potentially groundbreaking ideas on Earth and then provides a platform on which to share them.

Tracey Chapman at the TED Conference in 2007

There's so much I can say about the TED videos, I try to watch a few each week. They force you to think outside of the box, tap into concepts you never knew existed and hear some awe inspiring stories from really motivational people. They're refreshing, frank and support my belief that great ideas are meant to be shared and accessible to those who wish to learn.
Read more on the TED conferences here and promise me you'll watch at least ONE of the videos. I guarantee you'll find at least one that you like. It may even, perhaps, hopefully, inspire you or positively change the way you look at certain challenges or issues.

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