If so…you need to know about TED.
TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out, in 1984, as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader, and covers almost any topic imaginable.
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.
The two annual TED conferences, on the North American West Coast and in Edinburgh, Scotland, bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less). These talks are then shared online at the TED website and watched by millions.
I love watching TED Talks, often when I’m doing housework or cooking dinner. Some of them are funny, some make me think ‘Wow!’, others are thought provoking, and some really have changed my life.
Every Friday I will select a TED talk that I think will inspire, motivate and educate us all, and post it here. I hope you enjoy them and share them with your friends if you do.
All the best,