If you haven't come across TED yet, what have you been doing on the internet?
No. Best not answer that.
Started back in 1984, TED is an ongoing series of talks based around Technology, Entertainment, and Design, featuring some of the most interesting and creative minds from around the world.
It's a wonderful thing for all those high-profile smart folks out there, but what about you and me? Well, the good folk at TED kept their thinking caps on a little longer this year, just for us, and they came up with a couple of ways to involve the not-quite-so-brilliant-but-still-pretty-clever types, like you and me.
The first idea they came up with, is to give us a chance to give our very own TED talk. They'll be holding their first-ever auditions in New York on May 24, but you need to get your one-minute application video in by April 25, so get cracking! Once you've uploaded it to YouTube or Vimeo, complete and submit the entry form, then just sit back and wait to get your casting call.
And whether or not you get to have your very own TED talk, you can still participate in TED activities. Specifically, the TEDActive Projects, which were announced earlier this year. Up to this point in time, the TEDActive Projects were the exclusive domain of the teams that were formed back in February. But now they're inviting you on board. They want your ideas, questions, resources, and objections with the following projects:
- Education: Looking at "how children can make an impact on the education system" ;
- Public Heart: No doubt inspired by PostSecret, this is a public art project involving a ""Lost and Found" board where you anonymously speak your heart by sharing what you feel lost about";
- Mobility: They're trying to do a lot here: looking at ways to mobilize local communities, make things more accessible, and "explore ways to reduce the cost, time and necessity of driving";
- Sustainability: Looking at the best ways to organize communities, and exploring "radical solutions to push the sustainability movement forward";
- Social Networks: Examining how the ripple effect applies to social networks; and
- Travel: At a time when air travel has become an ordeal, this project aims to "produce a set of recommendations to enhance air travel."
There you have it: so many ways to become a part of TED, and demonstrate that your ideas are, indeed, worth spreading.
Which is what TEDActive is all about: