Ideas worth spreading
Ted is such a wonderful idea it’s hard not to wax lyrical about it.
Started by some of the greatest minds in 1984, it hopes to pull together influential figures from Technology, Entertainment and Design (hence the name TED) to share their ideas and best practices for the greater good of the world.
This blurb from their website sums up the TED ethos
The goal of the foundation is to foster the spread of great ideas. It aims to provide a platform for the world’s smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries and most-inspiring teachers, so that millions of people can gain a better understanding of the biggest issues faced by the world, and a desire to help create a better future. Core to this goal is a belief that there is no greater force for changing the world than a powerful idea.
TED really took off when they began to upload videos of their talks on the net – these were the first six talks and probably a great place to start and get a feel for what this movement is all about.
Al Gore on 15 ways to avert a climate crisis
David Pogue says “Simplicity sells”
Majora Carter’s tale of greening the ghetto
Ken Robinson asks, Do schools kill creativity?
Tony Robbins talks about why we do what we do
Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen