TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

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Plus also fuck a freakanomics.

Unleash the Chang (he did what!) (Austerity Ponies), Monday, 20 February 2012 16:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

I saw one of the founders of this thing speak: http://alldaybuffet.org/

The Feast convenes the most remarkable entrepreneurs, radicals, doers and thinkers who are revolutionizing the way things work for the betterment of humanity.

Probably a good time, but $$ and I am not sure about conferences that bill themselves as "salons"

valleys of your mind (mh), Monday, 20 February 2012 16:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

tbh I have enjoyed some local salons that are v entertaining and deliver. Not really TED style, but not wholly unrelated.

Unleash the Chang (he did what!) (Austerity Ponies), Monday, 20 February 2012 16:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

I guess it really depends on who shows and what kind of community it is. I'd enjoy a salon with ilxors.

valleys of your mind (mh), Monday, 20 February 2012 16:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

TED basically makes me feel like Dr Morbius

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 20 February 2012 17:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Plus also fuck a freakanomics.

― Unleash the Chang (he did what!) (Austerity Ponies), Monday, February 20, 2012 11:41 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

freakanomics is in fact actual bullshit

lag∞n, Monday, 20 February 2012 17:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

lag∞n needs a whole boxful of OTMs here

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Monday, 20 February 2012 19:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

think I just officially 'won' the debate

iatee, Monday, 20 February 2012 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

the objections people have to this are exactly why I wouldn't presume to squash the issues that're important to me into a brief talk from a dude (me) who doesn't really know that much anyway

this is pretty much exactly why we need an underrated aerosmith to give one of these things!

valleys of your mind (mh), Monday, 20 February 2012 19:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

u should hold yr own tedx at yr house, just u n areo tedxing

lag∞n, Monday, 20 February 2012 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

btw I watched the bjarke ingels ted talk this morning and there was a moment for the "is it racist?" thread! dude totally had a comedic gong noise as a punchline after talking about a project in china

valleys of your mind (mh), Monday, 20 February 2012 19:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Anyone feel like listing off some of these TED videos that are worth it? I have a few I want to watch and might as well make a week of this shit.

valleys of your mind (mh), Monday, 20 February 2012 19:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

this is pretty much exactly why we need an underrated aerosmith to give one of these things!

"Why You Should Definitely Not Expect Me To Say Anything Worthwhile During the Next Hour-Plus," a talk by Underrated Aerosmith Bootlegs I Have Owned

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 20 February 2012 22:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's pretty good. It takes some people only about 20 minutes to say nothing worthwhile!

valleys of your mind (mh), Monday, 20 February 2012 22:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Fonz Hour (Eazy), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 02:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

the tone of TED can also be "What If Everything We Know About _____ Is Wrong?" pop iconoclasm, lets turn conventional wisdom upside down stuff. I think that's what it has in common with freaknomics and is what irks people.

Cunga, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 03:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

everytime I learn something new I make sure the thing I'm learning about wasn't shared on ted

I do exactly this, but with QI. I think that show is related to this discussion somehow.

get ready for the banter (NotEnough), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Like, something to do with people being smart by proxy? You know the kind, who have a world of facts at their fingertips, but take them away from an internet connection or ask them to develop a thought or bring ideas together for themselves and they fall to pieces.

get ready for the banter (NotEnough), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Gah some of u guyz can be so damn cynical sometimes :(

Lindsay NAGL (Trayce), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

hey, I feel that way about myself when I go through a lurking phase on ILX, where all I do is read smart people making smart points and feel as if I'm learning something when actually I'm not learning very much at all. It's easier to listen to a TED talk then give one.

get ready for the banter (NotEnough), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

ILX is excellent in that it's participatory, though. I'm much more of a consumer than a participator and could get sucked into the world of TED. Here, I can learn things and then type the well-earned "otm" into the text box.

valleys of your mind (mh), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

otm

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 15:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

get ready for the banter (NotEnough), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 15:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

This piece is a good reminder that Davos is pretty much the model for TED, without offering up the talks and panels:

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/03/05/120305fa_fact_paumgarten?currentPage=all

Fonz Hour (Eazy), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 02:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

how to tie your shoes

ಠ﹏ಠ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 03:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://nymag.com/news/features/ted-conferences-2012-3/

flopson, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 06:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

starts off weak/cheesy, picks up

flopson, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 06:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah that's a good read

iatee, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 06:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Summit Series is the anti-Aspen, targeting twentysomething entrepreneurs, 1,000 of whom last year paid $3,500 to spend four days on a cruise to the Bahamas. The event featured glow sticks, condoms, Russell Simmons–led yoga, a shark-tagging excursion with Timothy Ferriss, and talks on philanthrocapitalism by people like Richard Branson and Peter Thiel."

I'm not saying you could have made the world a better place with one well-aimed torpedo... I'm just saying.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 07:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sounds like a pretty crazy time and I bet Richard Branson knows how to party. I'd also like to listen to Peter Thiel on "philanthrocapitalism" and how that relates to his libertarian island nation. Possibly not for too long, though.

valleys of your mind (mh), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mordy, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 15:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

hah! beat me to it.

s.clover, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 17:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ridley Scott likes TED:

Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Friday, 2 March 2012 01:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

what is that scary red green-eyed creature?!?

the late great, Friday, 2 March 2012 01:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

i defy anyone not to loathe everything about this video:

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 March 2012 12:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's like it was engineered by robots to cause maximum hatred

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 March 2012 12:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Has anyone here ever been to the Summit Series?

dandydonweiner, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

https://twitter.com/#!/RandomTEDTalks

s.clover, Sunday, 22 April 2012 21:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

Starts a bit glib, but actually a nice talk:

s.clover, Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Too Hot for TED: Income Inequality

There’s one idea, though, that TED’s organizers recently decided was too controversial to spread: the notion that widening income inequality is a bad thing for America, and that as a result, the rich should pay more in taxes.

TED organizers invited a multimillionaire Seattle venture capitalist named Nick Hanauer – the first nonfamily investor in Amazon.com – to give a speech on March 1 at their TED University conference. Inequality was the topic – specifically, Hanauer’s contention that the middle class, and not wealthy innovators like himself, are America’s true “job creators.”

“We’ve had it backward for the last 30 years,” he said. “Rich businesspeople like me don’t create jobs. Rather they are a consequence of an ecosystemic feedback loop animated by middle-class consumers, and when they thrive, businesses grow and hire, and owners profit. That’s why taxing the rich to pay for investments that benefit all is a great deal for both the middle class and the rich.”

You can’t find that speech online. TED officials told Hanauer initially they were eager to distribute it. “I want to put this talk out into the world!” one of them wrote him in an e-mail in late April. But early this month they changed course, telling Hanauer that his remarks were too “political” and too controversial for posting.

Other TED talks posted online veer sharply into controversial and political territory, including NASA scientist James Hansen comparing climate change to an asteroid barreling toward Earth, and philanthropist Melinda Gates pushing for more access to contraception in the developing world.

Vini Reilly Invasion (Elvis Telecom), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 21:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

TED is there to make you feel great about working within the status quo! Actually going to the thing is relatively exclusive, so why the fuck would they want to spread the idea that exclusive groups are not what's really influential?

mh, Friday, 18 May 2012 21:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

xp watched one of those talks (Jane McGonigal), it was not the hilariously appalling embarrassingment they made it out to be.

the fey monster (ledge), Friday, 18 May 2012 21:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

They didn't ban his speech because it was about income inequality, they banned it because it sucked.

The subject isn't "too hot for ted" - http://blog.ted.com/2012/05/17/playlist-the-roots-and-effects-of-income-equality/

StanM, Friday, 18 May 2012 22:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://tedchris.posterous.com/131417405 <- read this

StanM, Friday, 18 May 2012 22:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

Well, except . . . http://roundtable.nationaljournal.com/2012/05/more-on-ted-entrepreneurs-woul.php

I agree with your language about ecosystems, and your dismissal of some of the mechanistic economy orthodoxy, yet many of your own statements seem to go further than those arguments justify

But even if the talk was rated a home run, we couldn't release it, because it would be unquestionably regarded as out and out political. We're in the middle of an election year in the US. Your argument comes down firmly on the side of one party. And you even reference that at the start of the talk. TED is nonpartisan and is fighting a constant battle with TEDx organizers to respect that principle.  (This aspect wasn't helped by the news that David was planning to mobilize Move On to distribute the talk.  If it wasn't political before, it certainly would have been then.) 

i love the large auns pictures! (Phil D.), Friday, 18 May 2012 22:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

idk, unless you are purposefully politically naive, you're going to have an opinion about the whys and hows of income inequality, and will probably reference ways to fix it, and all of the thoughts I'm aware of have inherently partisan viewpoints.

I haven't heard a good conservative-perspective "this is why income inequality is at this level, and this is why (or this is why it's ok)" speech that doesn't completely piss me off! I welcome anyone who can point me to one.

mh, Saturday, 19 May 2012 15:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

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