TED , which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is an organization that brings together world’s best and most fascinating thinkers and doers from these three fields of study. Their headquarters are located in New York as well as in Vancouver. Their mission statement makes it compelling to see their work.
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. Over time, you’ll see us add talks and performances from other events, and solicit submissions from you, as well. This site, launched April 2007, is an ever-evolving work in progress, and you’re an important part of it to present their idea in 18 minutes!
They have what they call “Inspired talks by the world’s greatest thinkers and doers” and I listened/watched a couple of clips today and really enjoyed. I recommend you take some time to listen to a ‘talk’ or watch some video on any ‘theme’ and I am sure you’ll find something that’ll inspire you or simply provide some joy. You can also select your favorite speakers who have given their presentations there.
Through the organization’s blog I found out about this young man William Kamkwamba who is only 19, lives in Africa and has built a windmill power system that TED members took notice of and have pledged to help him in his further studies. The organization’s website was developed very recently, I believe I read sometime in April 2007 and they display lectures from best of the best ‘thinkers’ in the world!