I passionately believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So does TED! TED Conference, held annually in Long Beach, has more than a thousand people now attend!
The content of TED has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter pieces of content, including music, performance and comedy. There are no breakout groups. Everyone shares the same experience. It shouldn't work, but it does. It works because all of knowledge is connected.
Every so often it makes sense to emerge from the trenches we dig for a living, and ascend to a 30,000-foot view, where we see, to our astonishment, an intricately interconnected whole. TED.com makes the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 500 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. Enjoy these presentations on the power of creativity and thought!
Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we educate our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences.
Elizabeth Gilbert: A different way to think about genius. Author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert has thought long and hard about some large topics. Her next fascination: genius, and how we ruin it. A wonderfully intelligent and funny presentation on her research and experience of creative success.
Tim Brown: Creativity and Play. Tim fuses design, business and social studies to come up with deeply researched, deeply understood designs and ideas -- they call it "design thinking." Tim is the CEO of innovation and design firm IDEO, taking an approach to design that digs deeper than the surface.
JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure. A single mother who battled poverty and depression as she struggled to launch her writing career. Since completing the series, Rowling has put her fortune toward philanthropic projects dealing with poverty, multiple sclerosis and other issues through her own Charitable Trust.
Alan Kay: Powerful ideas about ideas. "The best way to predict the future is to invent it." A true polymath, as well as inventor, he has combined engineering brilliance with knowledge of child development, epistemology, molecular biology and more. Viewpoints Research Institute, The Croquet Consortium and Squeakland showcase his development of tools to improve the mind.