AppreciaTED – a longer term perspective on nation states and the global economy

TEDxBrussels, which I attended earlier this week (November 22, 2011), had the tagline “A day deep in the future” – the talks covered a broad range of perspectives around this theme, covering “Technology”, “Science from Fiction”, “Science”, “Made in Belgium”, and “Politics and Economics” – within this last category, Paddy Ashdown gave an excellent 18 minute talk titled “Why the world will never be the same & what we should do about it” (click on the video above to watch the talk).

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Are enough people benefiting from your performances?

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There are already many great performances that are recorded and available on the web that will improve the lives of many (enjoyment, education, informative, etc.). Live performances that are great, but are not recorded or shared, will however most likely not be remembered – the presenter will not achieve the reputation or legacy that they are potentially capable of, and the potential maximum audience that that could have benefited from hearing/seeing the performance (and enjoying it, or learning from it) won’t have done so.

It frustrates me that ‘great’ training performances aren’t leveraged for the benefit of others; it frustrates me that only live participants benefit from great conferences or leadership updates (is there really such a premium on live attendance that means those unfortunate not to be able to attend should pay the penalty of missing out?).

Given readily available tools to enable the recording and sharing of audio and video recordings, I feel we have reached an important stage of development, where we can all benefit from sharing our performances more often and more widely.

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Current interests

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Beyond work related topics, there are a number of other topics that also interest me at the moment, including:

  1. Ideas, innovation and creativity, both individually and collectively, including crowdsourcing
  2. Disruptive technology and disruptive business strategies
  3. Social media developments, and how they impact communication and collaboration
  4. Globalisation and Capitalism 2.0 (or 3.0, etc. – whatever you want to call it …)
  5. ‘Popular sociology/psychology’ (eg, topics raised by Malcolm Gladwell and others)

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Are you frustraTED?


I’ve already written two blog posts on TED (Technology Entertainment and Design), the global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, whereby the talks from those conferences, as well as franchise TEDx conferences are made available for free viewing online (“TED Talks. We listen.” and “My TEDxperience“), as well as having referred to it in a number of other blog posts. I like TED.

TED offers so many good ideas – indeed it’s tag line is ‘ideas worth spreading’.

Our mission: Spreading ideas.

We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

So we spread those ideas, what next? Do those ideas turn into reality? Perhaps not always, and maybe that can lead to some frustration.

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My TEDxperience (TEDxMunich, Monday 7 June 2010)


Today I attended the TEDxMunich event, held in the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany. The TEDx events are independently organized TED events, which are held under guidelines set by TED (see my earlier post, ‘TED Talks. We listen.‘, for further details about what TED is, and my thoughts and opinions thereon).

In this post I aim to share some feedback on the TEDx event. My primary interest in attending the event was to better understand the TED ‘movement’ and how it works in the background, beyond just being a series of videos of talks recorded on TED.com or YouTube.

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TED talks. We listen.

TED is a not-for-profit organization which invites speakers (who are sometimes called “TEDsters”) to speak about their ideas at conferences (TED talks), with the individual speeches, each limited to 18 minutes, being video recorded and made available over the internet, for free download/streaming (on www.ted.com).

Speakers are a mixture of well known individuals (politicians, business leaders, media celebrities, etc.) and other less well known individuals (eg, academics, or simply individuals who have researched a particular topic and have an interesting view with regards to the future).

TED stands for ‘Technology, Entertainment and Design‘.  Today however it seems to be broader than that.  TED’s catchphrase is “Ideas worth spreading” (its mission: “Spreading ideas”). As such, it encourages creativity, innovation and thought, as well as communication and debate. One can learn more about TED on the TED.com ‘About TED page‘ or on Wikipedia’s TED page.

In February 2002, Chris Anderson, founder, curator and custodian of TED, described the core values of TED as including “truth, curiosity, diversity, […], and the pursuit of interest”.  He also called it:

the mental equivalent of the full body massage

The TED Talk videos are in my view an excellent source of informative, lively, passionate, and enjoyable discussion. They epitomize hope, optimism, and determination. I encourage anyone who is not familiar to give TED a try. I’ve listed some of my favorite TED talks at the end of this post, but each person has different interests, so you might find it better just to start at www.ted.com.

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