TED talks – Ideas worth spreading

November 26, 2007

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I just rediscovered (and “wasted” a complete day over it) the wonderful TED initiative. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. The talk topics range from arts to global issues, science and business. Only a 1000 people each year are invited to the conference, now the best talks are available online for free.

Big names like Al Gore (on averting climate crisis) and soon-to-be names like Patrick Awuah (on educating leaders) get the chance to to talk about an idea that they think is worth spreading. Each year three ideas are awarded, the winners can name their wish and the TED community helps them to make it come true.

This years winners include Bill Clinton (who asked for help to create a world-class health care system in Rwanda), E.O Wilson who asked for help for his Encylopedia of life and the photo journalist James Nachtway who wants to break a vital new story to the world, in all possible media.

Some favourites:
James Nachtway´s searing images of war
Patrick Awuah on educating leaders
Al Gore on averting climate crisis
Janine Benyus shares nature’s designs
John Maeda on the simple life

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