Thursday, March 02, 2006

TEDblog/conference

There's a Ted blog ! And what a nice place it is (ex-students will recall my emphasis on connections and creativity) - from reports on the recent conference (sounds like a very Californian affair, in a good way :-)):

Sharing TED Moments ...

"Every year, we leave Monterey buzzing about our "TED moments": those magical instances of creativity and connectivity that can happen only at TED. Some are collective experiences: a moment of profound inspiration on stage ripples through the audience, and you can almost see the lightbulbs illuminating over 500 heads. Others are deeply personal ... the kind of "A-ha!" moments that happen when you suddenly connect your own ideas with something far deeper or meet a person who transforms your thinking.
Many bloggers have already shared their TED moments: Bill Liao found his world view changed by Al Gore's wake-up call on climate change. Something clicked for John Maeda during Ken Robinson's talk on education. The normally unflappable Ethan Zuckerman found himself tongue-tied in the presence of Dan Dennett. Bruno Giussani mused over the unceremonious removal of Al Gore's namebadge. And Andrew Anker laughed at himself, with Tipper Gore's help.

For me, three TED Moments in particular stand out: all moments when our collective energy surged ...

The groan of disappointment when Julia Sweeney reached the 18-minute mark in her brilliant one-woman show, "Letting Go of God," and declared, "I'm sorry. I have to stop."
The sharp intake of breath (in a session bearing that name), as Jeff Han breezily manipulated images on his next generation computer interface, shown publicly for the first time at TED.
The spontaneous applause following Hans Rosling's play-by-play explanation of globalization..."

http://tedblog.typepad.com

Ted blogged

Of course there were bloggers there, one of most thorough was Ethan Zuckerman:

"The pace of my blogging of the TED conference made it more or less impossible to point to other bloggers hard at work at the same event. Bruno Giussani also liveblogged the event - he and I spent Saturday lunch comparing our strategies and our relative levels of exhaustion. Next year, maybe we'll be smarter and take turns covering events. If you're looking for comprehensive coverage of the conference, put his posts together with mine, and you'll have pages and pages of in-depth posts.

The official TED blog, put together by June Cohen and others, had an excellent feature - "the day in quotes". "The Lone Ronin" had better seats than I did, and has lots of good photos of the glitterati with their red badges. Ory Okolloh and "My Name is Kate" both offered their favorites of each session. Tom from TrueTalk, Loic Le Meur, kev/null, Renee Blodgett and surely others I'm missing.

Tom Abate, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, highlighted some of his favorite talks from TED and was kind enough to note my three-minute talk on Asian blogs.

Thanks to everyone from TED and all the speakers for four unforgettable days and lots of exciting new ideas to play with."

He presents these stats, which give you an idea of what's involved in blogging a whole conference:

"Summarizing TED"
Filed under: TED2006 — Ethan @ 4:17 pm

Tom Rielly has a very funny, very profane, very politically incorrect summary of the conference. Rather than attempting to replicate his unique performance, replete with armies of barbie dolls, powerpoint slides, and references to a “crade to crade scream bag”, Negroponte’s “One Lapdance per Child” intiative, and satanic messages promoting “The Purpose Driven Life”, I’ll offer my own quantitative summary:

Days I spent at TED: parts of 4
Hours I spent sitting in TED sessions: roughly 22
Posts I’ve put up about TED thus far: 44, including this one
Approximate total words in those posts: 19,000
Approximate words per post: 432
Approximate words written per hour at TED: 864
Approximate number of beers I plan to drink this afternoon: roughly equivalent to the number of Al Gore/Brokeback Mountain jokes Tom just told..."

http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?cat=18

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