The theme was Dream. Because dreams matter. And TED2016 was dedicated to the greatest dreams we are capable of dreaming. Our event covered two sessions out of a week of mind-altering, breath-taking, awe-inspiring ideas. As promised, it was a week to stare hard at humanity’s toughest challenges, to listen to our greatest thinkers, artists and storytellers. A week to stir the blood.
The sessions we selected lived up to every expectation.
We opened with Session 2, Radical Repatterning. This session featured speakers who made their names from their ability to see beyond the status quo. See the recaps below, in chronological order.
Adam Savage is known for busting myths, but a lesser know fact is that he’s also an avid collector of costumes. “The costumes are how we reveal ourselves to each other,” he says.
Cédric Villani challenged us to rethink how we see maths by reminding us of the thrill of mathematical discovery. He recounted the virtues of the discipline, the most important ones being that maths is about the pursuit of reason, truth and imagination.
So Percussion is a quartet that creates collaborative performances, often making new instruments with unconventional surfaces and objects. The piece they’ve brought to TED brings together wood and strings with an electric guitar and dulcimer for a hypnotic effect.
Joe Gebbia cofounded Airbnb, by accident actually. That accident is now the single biggest ‘hotel chain’ in the world. Through the Airbnb site, 785 000 people in 191 countries will either stay in a stranger’s home or welcome someone in, on any given night. How did he achieve that? By designing for trust, that’s how.
Travis Kalanick is co-founder and problem-solver-in-chief of Uber. And not many problems come bigger than cars — cars account for one-fifth of the carbon footprint, and they clog roads in big cities all over the world, and yet, they stay unused ninety-five percent of the time. Travis’ big idea? To turn every car trip into a pooled trip.
Haley Van Dyck is co-founder of the United States Digital Services. She leads a team that is transforming the way the U.S. government delivers services to its citizens. Her message is that in the real world technology makes things easier, and that governments simply need to “get their shit together” and catch up.