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Why I love TED.

Posted on | January 28, 2011 | No Comments

I am a TEDster and proud of that fact.

TEDActive2011 has not even happened and early bird registration for TEDActive2012 has already begun!

TED2012 will be themed “Full Spectrum!”

Here is what Kelly Stoetzel says about TEDActive2012.

We are inviting our speakers to develop “Full Spectrum” presentations — by which we mean the rich use of multiple technologies, formats and approaches for the most powerful possible impact on an audience. We’re in the midst of a dramatic reinvention of the ancient art of the spoken word. The surprising spread of talks online and the explosion of TEDx events around the globe are testament to that.  At TED2012 we plan to celebrate this phenomenon and nudge it a further step forward.

Depending on the speaker and the topic, there could be… blizzards of images, new uses of music, extravagant use of under-used senses, intricate choreography between speaker and screen, new ways of involving the audience,  breakthroughs in animation, and intense, campfire-style storytelling. There will be a good number of talks and presentations shorter than our 18-minute trademark standard, more chances for audience participation, and some spectacular surprises.

I am excited but not sure how far I can push Zayed University for funding for 2012 when I have yet to attend TED2011!

There is another reason I love TED and that has everything to do with the mentality and the terms and conditions you agree to when you attend or apply to attend.

Here is my favorite term.

Enthusiasm: You must be likely, in our judgment, to be a strong contributor to the TED community, the ideas discussed at TED, and the projects that come out of the conference.

So, imagine if this was the criteria we used for everything we did that reached out to the public?

OK, maybe not totally practical in all circumstances but it sure would make things a lot more interesting if you came to coffee knowing that you are expected to make a strong commitment to whatever comes from what is spoken about.

I am a TEDster.

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