TED, which stands for Technology, Education and Design, is another leading example of how the accessibility of the internet has made idea-sharing so easy. TED is an organization that holds events around the world where speakers present new ideas in the field of their choosing. The speakers are given a total of 18 minutes to explain their topics in the most engaging and understandable way possible. Originally intended to introduce new ideas and innovations in technology to the scientific world, TED’s topics have expanded to anything from science to humanities to storytelling to psychology.
TED Talks conferences have included appearances from Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Salman Khan, Al Gore, Andrew Stanton and numerous other names including authors, directors, inventors and Nobel Prize winners. Since 2006, the lectures have been available on their website that is now a database of over 1,100 different videos ranging in all subjects.
TED Talks also has something called TEDx events that take place at universities around the world and are available to the students. Rutgers is holding it’s second TEDx event on April 15th with multiple speakers. Although registration for attendance is closed, the TEDx Rutgers website will have a live-streaming video at the time of the event.
The short lectures are always profoundly compelling and insightful. New videos are posted almost everyday introducing new ideas, technologies and ways of thinking. I highly recommend checking out TED Talks: