Tuesday, September 21, 2010

TEDx (brisbane)

Who is TED?
Admittedly, I recently thought TED was a guy that did cool presentations and posted them somewhere on the web! Hmmm, not quite, TED is an acronym for 'Technology Entertainment Design', a platform for "Ideas worth spreading". Sounds simple, and it is, but don't underestimate the impact TED is having around the world and the people that are engaging with this platform!

Last night was my first TEDx event. It began at 12.15am with (free and amazing) coffee by the DiBella crew - a great way to start a new relationship - in the home of Pecha Kucha, the Brisbane Powerhouse

This TEDxChange x=independently organised TED event was a live webcast from the Paley Center (pretty sure Batman lives there!) for Media, New York where world leaders are meeting at a summit to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) and accelerate progress toward the 2015 goals.

As everyone, strangers and friends, mingled like an adult sleep over, and just as the caffeine began to fade, like the after affect of a party cake 'sugar come down', brisbane's local hosts Carl Lindgren and Paul Fairweather briefly appeared to introduce the 'webstream' host and curator Chris Anderson - for 90 minutes we were enriched with a succession of incredible (world leading) speakers... Hans Rosling... Melinda French Gates... The Revolutionary Optimists... Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew... Mechi Viravaidya and Grac Machel.

I can't really say much more - put aside 95.48 minutes and watch it here... TEDxCHANGE Webcast

Like a bright moon in the late night sky, lay empty coffee cups after a long day passes by...

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