TED 2010

Today the lineup for the TED Conference has been published. What a power house of intellect will be on offer in February in Long Beach. If only …

From the web site: So what does the world need? Stimulus? Recovery? Sure. But at TED2010 we’re digging deeper. We’re looking for the core ideas that will drive our quest for a better future. Each of our 12 main sessions is devoted to one big idea.

The 12 main ideas are:

  • Mindshift
  • Discovery
  • Action
  • Reason
  • Provocation
  • Invention
  • Breakthrough
  • Boldness
  • Imagination
  • Play
  • Simplicity
  • Wisdom

I am having difficulty, at the moment, with the fact that Jamie Oliver has won an award (in the Action section) for ‘transforming the way we feed ourselves and our children’. But I am looking for to see where the mind of Bill Gates has been since Microsoft and to know what his style of philanthropy might well be.

Favourite for me though will be following up on Sir Ken Robinson, who speaks on the last day, in the section on ‘Wisdom’ as he moves the thinking forward on new ideas for a system of education which does not deny creativity as a key asset.

And, I feel sure, that I will learn things from the other presenters that I have no idea about as yet. If only I could be there !

One of my most lasting impressions of TED has been listening to deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie as she illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums and the amazing story told by Jill Bolte Taylor as she lived through her massive stroke.

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by: Martin

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