I caught wind of this website and their collection of speaker video’s through some contacts at work. I’ve watched or listened to several of these speakers so far and I have to say that they’re fantastic. The first I watched was the John Doerr presentation and it left a lump in my throat. Julia Sweeney made me laugh out loud with her reflections on encountering Mormon Missionaries, and Gabriel makes a passionate statement about human rights. Bono bowled me over with a powerful and eloquent plea for recognizing the plight of Africa as a global emergency, and Dawkins presses the scientific community on the boundaries of faith with some humorous analogies.

What is TED? Per the TED website:

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

This collection is in no means narrow in their focus. There’s a broad palette to choose from, everything from Technology, Entertainment, Design, Business, Science, Culture, Arts, Global issues and so much more.

You could spend hours here. And you should.

The speeches are available on the TED website to watch online or to save to your desktop, as are the audio files as well. In addition, a large number of the videos are available as free podcast downloads on iTunes. You can even subscribe to receive future postings as well.

Having seen only a handful so far, I wanted to recommend the following. Mouse over for a brief description.

Written by gsm

08/21/2007 at 8:38 am

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