Why Do We Hate Progress So Much?

In April 2018, I attended the extraordinary for the 6th year in a row. I was lucky to be joined in Vancouver by 2 friends ( & ) and see the event through their “TED virgin” eyes. I hope you enjoy this fly-over of , aka the passion capital of the world and a year of science-based liberal arts education in 5 intense days!


Below is an an excerpt from a well-researched post on Tesla:

The long tailpipe theory is everywhere. Anyone who doesn’t like EVs points it out immediately. So what’s the theory?

“The entire reason for doing these stupid little cars is a lie because electricity comes from coal. In some cases, some studies show that these can produce more pollution than internal combustion engines.”

Upon first examination, this makes sense. Let’s bring back our US emissions chart to see what Greg means:

Earlier in the post, we identified the two biggest causes of CO2 emissions: cars running on gas and…


In the robotic age, who is walking who?

In April 2017, I was fortunate to attend the conference for the . I take TED’s of “Ideas Worth Spreading” seriously and hope you enjoy the tour through this extraordinary annual “courage bath”. For any young readers: TED reminds us that we live in an amazing time to be thinking about

I approached my beloved annual trek to TED with some apprehension. The angst started on November 8, 2016. After pulling myself off the floor, one of my first thoughts was to wonder how…


The youngest TEDster demonstrating a pint-sized Radio Flyer/Tesla Model S

In February 2016, I was fortunate to attend the conference for the . This year was special because I was joined by one of my closest childhood friends () and, since he agreed to co-author this post, you get to see the event through the eyes of a “TED Virgin”… Enjoy!

I’m often asked, “Why do you go to ?” Aside from experiencing the mind-bending content in TED’s immersive sensory overload environment, it is for the following reasons:

  1. It’s one week a year to think broadly about the world (a “brain spa”)
  2. Passion, courage…

’s mission is “Ideas Worth Spreading” and while its initials stand for “Technology, Entertainment, Design”, the talks span a broad range of topics across the arts, sciences, humanities, psychology, medicine, business, philosophy and geopolitics. TED talks are meant to and whet/quench the curiosity appetite in 5–18 minute bite-sized chunks. At their best, TED talks make complex topics seem accessible, tell compelling stories and are, quite simply, world-class public speaking. As the Economist recently , “TED has done more to advance the art of lecturing in a decade than Oxford University has done in a thousand years.”


A few things: a) it’s REALLY hard to pick only 10…and these are NOT in rank order, b) these are also NOT , but you should watch those too…especially because I realized after I made the list that I only had 1 female speaker on my list and the top 20 have 9(!), c) rather, these are talks that switched on a light bulb for me in one way or another…something wasn't the same after I watched it. Enjoy!


“Back to the Future”

or

“My Annual Optimism (Re)Vaccination”

In March 2015, I was lucky enough to attend the for a . As always, it was an exceptional opportunity to visit the future, explore the world (galaxy and universe too) and collide with 1,200+ extraordinary people. TED manages to be a 5 day intense helping of both brain candy and soul food, but the content, atmosphere and community provide longer-lasting nourishment too. Best of all, it’s a free all-you-can eat buffet at . Enjoy the tour!

continues to expand its influence and global presence with each passing year…


“The 43 Year Old (TED) Virgin”

or

“The (TED) Badge of Courage

In February of 2013, I attended the TED conference for . Below are the highlights of this exceptional “bucket list” experience.

. What the hell is it? “Ideas Worth Spreading” is the official mission. “Technology, Entertainment, Design” are the initials. Also called, “Woodstock for Geeks”, the “Oscars for Smart People” and “a dinner party for hundreds of bright minds”. TED defies easy explanation but for me TED 2013 was: “adventure travel for my brain” and ultimately, inspired me to be more courageous.

A brief : Although I read about the original TED conference as a teenager in the…


“Like a Kid in a (3-D printed) Candy Store” or

“Canadian Adventure Travel for the Brain”

Below are highlights of my trip to the — I hope you enjoy the peek into the idea factory that is TED and this year’s outstanding and inspiring new video talks.

First, a brief reminder: ’s mission is “Ideas Worth Spreading” and while its initials stand for “Technology, Entertainment, Design”, the 1,700+ talks span a broad range of topics across the arts, sciences, humanities, psychology, medicine, business, philosophy and geopolitics. TED talks are meant to and whet/quench the curiosity appetite in 5–18 minute bite-sized chunks. At their best, TED talks make…

Ross Rosenberg

Chief Strategy Officer, TEDster, father, husband

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