I was honored to be an attendee at the recent TEDx in Bangkok. A gathering of big thinkers, artists, entreprenurs, grass roots changers, musicians, and amazing minds. I highly recommend you watch the two videos on this page, you will be educated, inspired and blown away.
What is TED ?
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
What is Tedx ?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. This event wass called TEDxKrungthep, where x = independently organized TED event. At the TEDxKrungthep event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combined to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.
I will be posting videos and pics of this event on this blog later this week, in the meantime get a taste for what’s in store by watching these two classic TED talks below. At 10mins and 20mins, so if you don’t have the time, make the time and watch these when you get a chance. Seriouly excellent stuff. Enjoy
Adora Svitak: What Adults can Learn from Kids
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.
Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
See more like this at TED.com Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.