I LOVE TED
I admit it. Im in love with TED.
No, its not another man, its a concept.
Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world -TEDs byline on the website
A very simple concept – a lecture circuit thats blossomed and expanded globally in the open culture of the Internet, sharing ideas that are worth spreading as far as they can go.
TED is a non-profit organisation that believes that through sharing ideas and helping to spread them, we can all change the world for the better.
The concept is minimalist. Theres a stage, a podium, sometimes theres a screen for visual references, and a live ( and often a live streamed) audience. The speaker walks up and start to talk. These lectures are then edited and uploaded to the TED website, for everyone to watch. Theres a even a sub-title option for those users who dont speak English.
The speakers are scientists, philosophers, economists, photographers, creative souls, activists, environmentalists, poets, writers, dissidents, Noble Prize winners, New Media gurus, athletes, they are young, old, theyre men and women. Theyre all different, but the commonality is that each person is riveting: an inspiration to someone, (or many!) and the ideas they share educate, illuminate and expose.
I learn something new everytime I see it.
Ive seen Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroanatomist talk about her own stroke and how she came to understand the power of the right brain. Ive seen inspirational women talk about how we can help educate individual women in the third world, and that small acts like that can help that womans entire community break the chains of poverty. Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the nature of her creative muse, and oceanographer Sylvia Earle shares her views of the changes shes seen in the seas. The incredible Isabel Allende tells her tales of the passion of strong women facing adversity. The list goes on.
TED inspires me just like love does.
The photograph Ive posted here is one of a series by French Photographer, JR. Hes won the 2011 TED prize for his truly incredible works. His work is phenomenal, breaking down the boundaries of how we look at each other.
Click on this link for a beautiful spoken word poem by Suheir Hammad.
TED I invite you to discover this site, if you havent yet. Someone may touch you.
Have a great Sunday!