I’m in love. With TED.
TED‘s been around for a while, but you may not have been introduced… I’ve got into it in a big way over the past couple of weeks thanks to a brilliant app on my newish iPhone. TED, stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design.” It grew out of an annual conference in California, which has now spawned similar events all over the world. These conferences bring together thinkers and innovators from all kinds of backgrounds, each getting 18 minutes to present their ideas in creative and engaging ways. The TED motto is “ideas worth spreading,” and the website does just that – all the talks are available to watch for free. So you should do just that…
I love TED because I love ideas, and I love listening to other people thinking deeply and differently about culture and the world we live in. Lots of these are aimed at improving the world and society, and making a better future for humanity. As a Christian, these are conversations I want to join in with, because I think I have something to say. I also love having my brain prodded and disturbed by the challenges and possibilities these experts share through TED.
I’m been enjoying the iPhone app A LOT, but you can get the talks online too. If you like ideas, you’ll love TED too. Here are my current top 5 arty talks from the oodles on offer on the TED website and app. If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!
Wayne McGregor is a choreographer, but forget the kind of thing you might have seen on Fame. In this video, McGregor explores the physicality of the human body, and how he translates a thought into movement and then into communication.
Campbell is the director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, with a special interest in tapestries. Here he describes the thought that goes into displaying work in a way that engages the viewer on a deeper, human level. (He drops a non-gratuitous F-bomb near the beginning – maybe give this one a miss if that kind of thing troubles you…)
The Post Secret website is the largest advertisment-free blog on the internet. Every week, Frank Warren receives hundreds of postcard confessions from people all over the world; here he shares just a few of them.
I’ve enjoyed Antony Gormley’s work for ages – in this talk he explains some of the thinking behind it, stemming from a childhood fascination with space and being.
As eBooks sales continue to grow, the traditional printed volume looks to be under threat. Kidd gives an impassioned (and hilarious) defense of physical paper-and-ink books, describing how he seeks to create covers which bring a book to life before you even start reading it. (Again, there are a couple of F-bombs, and a reference to Lady Gaga – stay away if you don’t like that kind of thing).