New Recommended Website: Ted.com

Date 2009/9/28 3:09:02 | Topic: The Editor's Column

With a tip-o-the-hat to my friend Regina, I'd like to take a minute to rave about a cool website called TED. In their own words:
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year's TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.


For those of you who are intellectuals, or even if you just consider yourself a life-long learner, or you like eclectic things, you need to set aside an hour or two to go visit TED and watch a few of their lectures.

The free lectures and performances run the gamut from biology, physics, and astronomy to philosophy, cooking, dance and music. The common thread is insight. I just can't recommend them highly enough, and I think I'll have to start including some of their content here as appropriate.

Here are a few of their high-quality videos:

Jonathan Zittrain speaks on "The Web as Random Acts of Kindness"


Rebecca Saxe Speaks on "How We Read Each Others' Minds":


Imogene Heap sings:



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