As summer draws to a warm close in Southern California, the garden of TED is in still full bloom and abundant despite the real drought felt here on the west coast.
Starting with some of the basics so you know what TED is, TED is an acronym for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and began as a conference series way back in 1984 (when the San Diego Padres and Detroit Tigers were in the World Series and the Summer Olympic Games were in Los Angeles). First, the very words "conference" or "lecture" sound so boring and rigid- but it’s not a formal class lecture, or like any seminar, conference or board meeting you’ve attended! You will actually learn invaluable information and not incur any (more) student loan debt. Affordability and accessibility are the main foundations of the TED organization and their conference series events-the talks and events must be both! Conference themes, the guest speakers themselves, and popular/accessible locations all vary and all are consistently on the impressive and inspiring. These key ingredients help create what has been called the TEDx phenomenon, or the “x” factor.
What is the ‘x” factor exactly? There are many claims as to the secret sauce of these events, but literally the “x” in TEDx designates an event as independently organized.
HOW DOES THE TEDX GARDEN GROW SO ABUNDANTLY?
With ample bright light(brilliant ideas and innovation), nourishment (brain food and engaging storytelling) and weed free (organizers ensure there are no marketing, sales or any other selling by speakers or attendees). TEDx events are tightly organized to only harvest “ideas worth spreading”-which is actually part of the TEDx mission statement.
So how exactly do they distinguish and eliminate the ‘weeds’ from infiltrating and taking over the garden of the abundant fruit of knowledge? The attendees are just as critical to the consistently successful outcome of the TEDx event platform. To accomplish this feat, the audience is strategically arranged from an audience submission chart, allowing for each presentation to be concise, focused and productive for both attendees and guest speakers alike.
You may have actually heard of a few of the names TED has featured, talk about some impressive name dropping; Bill Gates, another well known Bill, Former President Clinton, Al Gore, Larry Page and of course Sergey Brin, and many, many more. Now here’s the incredible thing, feature presenters for TEDx participate for free (that’s right unpaid for their time in dollars)! All presentations are just under 20 minutes in duration but pack a “Hollywood Blockbuster” style punch, according to Forbes, who notes about the success of TED events, the “people that do things out of passion, do them better". Well said!
While it is true many of the presenters do not happen to be well known or even name drop worthy- until they present at a TEDx anyway they are all inspiring and motivating events. New lands have been charted, new stars discovered, and new voyages are ventured at TED, TEDx events and the latest TEDx Orange Coast series called “Tipping Point" specifically highlights harnessing chaos making the range of this timely discussion, out of this world!
ROC is proud to have partnered up with TEDx Orange Coast and is sponsoring the “Tipping Point” 2 -day conference commencing September 19th, 2014* in Aliso Viejo at Soka University.
****You may also contact ROC Newport Airport for more information about special opportunities for this event, including any discounts or alternate participation options once the event is sold out.
TED’S ADDITIONAL POWER POINTS:
- There are more than 1,800 video TED talks online
- According to their YouTube Channel there are more than 5 million subscribers, with 748,900,734 views (9/12/14).
- TED’s motto, “Ideas worth spreading” lives up to its’ reputation. The first conferenceTED’s motto, “Ideas worth spreading” lives up to its’ reputation.
- The first conference featured the Sony Compact Disc and one of the very first demonstrations of the Apple Macintosh computer.
- How about a cheat sheet? Here’s an aggregated comprehensive list of "100 Incredible Things I learned watching 70 hours of TED talks
1st Image credit: By Htoo Tay Zar (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons (Speaker Ngwe Tun gives speech to the audience during TEDx Youth Conference in Yangon, Myanmar on 26 December 2010.)
2nd Image credit: By Steve Jurvetson [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, Charlie Rose interviewing Larry Page