In April 2018, I attended the extraordinary TED conference for the 6th year in a row. I was lucky to be joined in Vancouver by 2 friends (Brian Abrams & Mickey Hochstein) and see the event through their “TED virgin” eyes. I hope you enjoy this fly-over of TED, 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: https://waitbutwhy.com/2015/06/how-tesla-will-change-your-life.html
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 April 2017, I was fortunate to attend the TED conference for the 5th year in a row. I take TED’s mission 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 “what do I want to be when I grow up?”
In February 2016, I was fortunate to attend the TED conference for the 4th year in a row. This year was special because I was joined by one of my closest childhood friends (Peter Leech) 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 TED?” Aside from experiencing the mind-bending content in TED’s immersive sensory overload environment, it is for the following reasons:
TED’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 educate, inspire, challenge, entertain 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 observed, “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 the most popular TED talks of all time, 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!
In March 2015, I was lucky enough to attend the TED conference for a 3rd time. 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 www.ted.com. Enjoy the tour!
TED continues to expand its influence and global presence with each passing year…
In February of 2013, I attended the TED conference for the first time. Below are the highlights of this exceptional “bucket list” experience.
TED. 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 history: Although I read about the original TED conference as a teenager in the…
First, a brief reminder: TED’s mission is “Ideas Worth Spreading” and while its initials stand for “Technology, Entertainment, Design”, the 1,700+ talks online span a broad range of topics across the arts, sciences, humanities, psychology, medicine, business, philosophy and geopolitics. TED talks are meant to educate, inspire, challenge, entertain and whet/quench the curiosity appetite in 5–18 minute bite-sized chunks. At their best, TED talks make…