Ideas Worth Spreading

The best way to stay young is to keep living as if you have decades ahead to create and explore. In the age of some of the most amazing developments in technology, there is just no excuse not to keep your mind filled with exciting new ideas and the promise of new opportunities.

You can get that mental stimulation right from the comfort of your favorite chair even though my hope for you is that you get out and “kick some ass.”

Let me introduce you to TED. No, TED is not some young digital developer who is about to make billions because of his new invention. TED is a series of conferences held all over the world where some of the smartest people in their respective fields stand and deliver new ideas and concepts in an 18-minute forum. Some of the past speakers have been Bill Clinton, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and Nobel Prize winners.

I personally got involved with TED when my client Jill Tartar, Founder of the SETI Institute, was asked to speak at a TED conference. She was also presented with a $100,000 check for her work to explore, understand, and explain the origin, nature, and prevalence of life in the universe. Every year TED gives a check to one individual as part of their program to fund the “One Wish to Change the World.”

TED has existed since 1984 and stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. In recent years TED has morphed into a more positive “world changing” theme. It is owned by the private, non-profit Sapling Foundation. TED’s mission is to disseminate “Ideas worth spreading.” Hence, my headline. It was created by Richard Saul Wurman, an architect and graphic designer who coined the phrase “information architecture.”

Today you can be a TED fan by simply going to www.ted.com. You can also find TED on YouTube, Netflix, iTunes Podcasts, iTunes, and on the TED Radio Hour on NPR. You can also watch TED on the go! A simple download of the TED application gives you access on an iPhone or iPad. Don’t have an iOS device? Google Plays allows you to access TED on Android devices, including the Sony Tablet P, and Amazon Apps allows you to download them to your Kindle Fire.

Here are some interesting TED talks

Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to humming bird drone http://www.ted.com/talks/regina_dugan_from_mach_20_glider_to_humming_bird_drone.html

Neil Burgess: How your brain tells you where you are http://www.ted.com/talks/neil_burgess_how_your_brain_tells_you_where_you_are.html

Bill Gates on mosquitoes, malaria and education

http://www.ted.com/talks/bill_gates_unplugged.html