TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
The annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Oxford, bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).
TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. The x in TEDx means independently organized TED event.
At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos — or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos — sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.
In Indonesia, you can find TEDxJakarta, TEDxBandung, and some others. I’ve attended the first TEDxBandung Event in ITB last October. It’s super cool! You can read the recap here. 😀
Here’s my 2 favorite TEDTalks
1. The LXD: In the Internet age, dance evolves…
Not only because how awesome they dance, but because he mentioned how online videos & social network becomes global laboratory for dance. Great!
2. Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology
Sixth Sense! Gestures as objects. The idea is very worth spreading, the product is great, and the speaker, Pranav, is amazing!
So, what’s yours? 😀
You can read more about TED here. 😀