TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan “ideas worth spreading”.
TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event. The annual conference began in 1990, in Monterey, California. TED’s early emphasis was technology and design, consistent with its origins in the Silicon Valley.
The TED main conference is held annually in Long Beach, and its companion TEDActive is held in Palm Springs. Both conferences will move from Long Beach and Palm Springs to Vancouver and Whistler, respectively, in 2014. TED events are also held throughout North America and in Europe and Asia, offering live streaming of the talks. They address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Bono, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners. TED’s current curator is the British former computer journalist and magazine publisher Chris Anderson. The most viewed TED Talk is by Sir Ken Robinson called entitled ‘schools kill creativity’ (2006) which has had an amazing 25,070,147 views!
Here are a selection of recommended TED Talks:
Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity (25,070,147 views)
Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are (15,039,720 Views)
Martin Hagger: inside the mind of champion athletes (51,542 views)
Physical exercise turns the brain on (Dr. John J. Ratey)