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    Monday
    Oct102011

    TED Offers Ideas Worth Spreading

    Have you run into TED? I discovered the website today and think its worth sharing.

    The site says, “TED is a nonprofit 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.”

    The organization describes its mission as follows; “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 offer some fascinating stuff from some of the best minds in the world.

    The nonprofit holds annual conferences in Long Beach and Palm Springs in the spring and in Edinburgh in the UK in the summer. The website offers access to videos of TED Talks delivered at these conferences covering some 287 topics. I checked a couple that interested me: writing and storytelling. Among 24 “Writing” entries were:

    • Elizabeth Gilbert, of Eat, Pray, Love fame, “On Nurturing Creativity”
    • London-based journalist, former Time Europe editor and  “All Aphorisms All the Time” blogger, James Geary “Metaphorically Speaking”
    • Amy Tan “On Creativity”

    I found 59 entries on “Storytelling” which included:

    • African novelist Chimamanda Adichie “The Danger of a Single Story”
    • “Isabel Allende Tell Tales of Passion”
    • Artist and computer scientist “Jonathan Harris Collects Stories”

    In addition to the TED Talks, anyone can start a TED Conversation. It can take the form or an idea, a question or a debate. I quickly perused the list of conversations and found one that interested me: “What is great storytelling?”

    Take some time to give TED a look. I am sure you’ll find plenty to stimulate your thinking, challenge your positions, and suggest some new ideas to you.

     

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