TED is a really interesting non-profit making website full of highly motivational speakers and leaders of people in their own fields. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing people together from three different areas of technology, entertainment and design (TED). Since those early days TED has two annual conferences in Long Beach and Palm Springs in California each Spring, and then the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh in the summer this year it’s from June 25th to the 29th.
In these conferences some of the world’s greatest thinkers, businessmen and doers are invited to speak for 18 minutes or less the best of which are then shown on TED.com for free. The mission of TED is using the power of amazing ideas to inspire others in science, business the arts and also global issues that we all face.
There is an amazing variety of speeches from Yves Rossey who straps small jet engines and a flying wing to himself and has flown across the English Channel doing this to Jonathan Foley who studies complex environmental systems and their affects on society. His computer models have shown the deep impact agriculture is having on our planet. It’s a fascinating lecture that he he presents.
You can see lots of different themes in the speeches from ‘Best of the Web’ to ‘Evolutions Genius’; from 159 videos on ‘Bold Predictions & Stern Warnings’ to @Spectacular Performance’ which has 87 talks on extraordinary dancers, actors, musicians, magicians and storytellers at http://www.ted.com/themes/spectacular_performance.html
See video speeches on ‘Might you live a great deal longer? with Cynthia Kenyon speaking on Experiments that could hint of longer lives to Jane Fonda talking about Lifes 3rd Act. All highly interesting presentations.
There really is something for everyone at TED and the speeches there stimulate the imagination and enhance knowledge.
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