The 2010 TED Conference program of speakers has just been announced and as usual the line up is a stellar list of the leading minds in every field imaginable. For the full listing CLICK HERE.
For those that may not be familiar with TED, TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. In their own words: “We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.”
The annual conferences in Long Beach and Oxford bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). The TED Conference held annually in Long Beach, is still the heart of TED. More than a thousand people now attend — indeed, the event sells out a year in advance — and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter pieces of content, including music, performance and comedy.
Past speakers have included Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Billy Graham just to name a few.
We were lucky enough to be able to attend last year’s conference for a few sessions and the ideas being thrown around that room were enough to reinstill in you that sense of wonderment, awe and optimism that seems to erode more and more each day we turn on our televisions.
Though we’re not going to be attending this year, we would like to highlight a couple of the speakers:
David Byrne, Musician
Sam Harris, Neuroscientist & Philosopher
Daniel Kahneman, Behavioral Economics Founder & Nobel Prize Winner
Jamie Oliver, Chef & Activist