I’ve seen a few pointers to the TED conference (“Technology Entertainment Design”) recently. This is probably prompted by the fact that the conference organisers are now regularly uploading various presentations from this art-meets-science-meets-religion-meets-politics jamboree.
Attendance for TED is by “Invitation only”. I must remember that approach. A great way of encouraging over-paid self-important creative types to shell out thousands of dollars for an opportunity to spend a few days talking to each other.
That said, some of the material is great. Take a look at Ted Talks. You can hear from such an eclectic bunch as Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Steven Levitt, Richard Dawkins, Nicholas Negroponte and Tony Robbins (why is this guy so successful ?).
If I could have twenty minutes of your time, though, I would implore you to watch Sir Ken Robinson talk on creativity, it’s importance to our future, and how the Western model of education runs completely counter to fostering this essential skill. Quite inspiring.