I have a feeling I have already, years ago, blogged about the wonders of TED, but I recently attended a TEDx Observer event and felt compared to share its greatness. Its a wonderful resource for creatives and thinkers.
TED stands for Technology Entertainment Design (although its scope is actually broader than this). Its a nonprofit organisation founded in California in 1984, which in their words, is devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.
According to their mission statement:
We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we're building here a clearinghouse that offers 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.
They hold two major conferences each year, TED conference held annually in Long Beach, lasting four days, with over fifty speakers, speaking on topics such as science, business, the art and global issues, as well as smaller presentation and performances. There is also TED Global, which follows the same format, held in Edinburgh.
In 2007 they set up their website http://www.ted.com/ and all the talks are free and publicly available to watch. There are thousands of inspiring and educational speakers at your fingertips.
TEDx are events that follow the TED structure and mission, but that are independently organised. Recently The Observer organised such an event at Saddler's Wells, that was simulcast with a live feed to seven cities through out the UK, including Manchester. I went with my mum, and it was a long, but really interesting day. There were performances by Lianne La Havas and Hugh Masekela and over twenty speakers, such as Daniel Kish who went blind at the age of 14 and uses clicks echolocation to get around, hip hop artist Plan B who talked about his work with under privileged youth and Peter Lovatt, psychologist and dancer, who I performed for last year, got the audience dancing in their seats.
There was so much food for thought I am still digesting it!
If you get the chance to go to a TED or TEDx event GO. But in the meantime check out their website, its well worth it.