Tuesday, October 13, 2009

TED Conferences Go Local

The TED Conferences that started in 1984 in California have gone global and digital in a major way. For those of you unaware of TED, I encourage you to check out www.ted.com. These “annual conferences in Long Beach and Oxford bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).”

The TED organization is big, but what’s bigger is their following. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Its mission of showcasing “Ideas Worth Spreading” resonates across the globe. In the last year or so they have started to promote shorter local conferences and the response is amazing. These conferences called TEDx “local name” are springing up all over the world and most notably are non-profit, non-commercial events.

I am participating with a group to host a conference in Atlanta called TEDx Peachtree. You can learn all about it at www.tedxpeachtree.com. It takes place December 4 and will be held at SCAD, who has generously offered their event space for the day. The attendance is limited and tickets are available through an application process on the TEDx Peachtree website.

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