Laura S. Gideon: TED? Who the Hell is TED?
Laura S. Gideon reviews the movie The Future We Will Create Inside the World of TED.
I’ve added the DVD to the top of my Netflicks queue. You’ll likely hear from me again after I watch the movie.
The birth of TED happened 23 years ago when Richard Saul Wurman had a brilliant idea to converge Technology, Entertainment and Design (hence, TED) under one roof. This was back in the day when Macintosh was destined to become more than an apple you could eat, along with the emergence of VHS and flat disks replacing cassette tapes. TED was a gathering of great minds intent on sharing great ideas. Unfortunately, the Me Syndrome backlash that defined the ‘80s trumped any hope TED had of reshaping the world. As a result, the conference lost money and TED lay dormant for the next six years.
In 1990, Wurman partnered with Harry Marks and decided to hold the conference once again, this time in Monterey, California. It’s never left and has become the home of TED. During the first quarter of the year, all the “TEDsters” unite for four days, forming a collective think tank with one goal, “To make the world a better place.” TED’s motto? Ideas worth spreading.
[via Ron Buckley]