Who or What is TED?
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.
TED: IDEAS WORTH SPREADING; Inspired talks by the world’s greatest thinkers and doers.
The talks (videos) last anywhere from 5-18 minutes. ENORMOUS variety and range of topics, often including fascinating photos, models etc.
• Fantastic as a brain-revver for yourself
• Make wonderful ‘hooks” to encourage children to discuss ideas
• Learn and think about brilliant new ideas - whether to debate or to emulate!
Here are a couple of my favourites from the past few months:
1. Robert Full: Secrets of movement, from geckos and roaches:
Biologist Robert Full shares slo-mo video of some captivating critters. Take a closer look at the spiny legs that allow cockroaches to scuttle across mesh and the nanobristle-packed feet that let geckos to run straight up walls.
2. Brian Greene: The Universe On A String
Physicist Brian Greene explains superstring theory, the idea that minscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe.
3. Robert Ballard: Exploring the ocean’s hidden worlds
Ocean explorer Robert Ballard takes us on a mindbending trip to hidden worlds underwater, where he and other researchers are finding unexpected life, resources, even new mountains. He makes a case for serious exploration and mapping. Google Ocean, anyone?
4. Joshua Klein: The amazing intelligence of crows
Hacker and writer Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows. (Notice the gleam of intelligence in their little black eyes?) After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he’s come up with an elegant machine that may form a new bond between animal and human.
I’d love to hear your feedback!