TED2013: The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.
"To be is to do" - Socrates;
"To do is to be" - Sartre;
"Do Be Do Be Do" - Sinatra.
"to understand is to perceive patterns."
When seeking intellectual stimulation on the Internet, TED can be regarded as one of those special “signals within the noise”. The site releases one talk a day, helping to create a reputation of quality over quantity; at a time when web surfers are drowning in link-overload, this has been a great business plan. The organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading” has risen to great heights on not much more than good camera work and meticulous “curation.”
Spending this last week at the 2013 conference has further cemented TED’s ability to curate the wide world we live in, and to discern the most essential presenters for the here and now. The theme for this year’s bash in Long Beach was “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered”. To truly capture the undiscovered, the TED team embarked on a 14-city global talent search across six continents to bring together a diverse group of creatives, inventors, performers, and storytellers. What amounted was an experience that felt like a musical symphony of the brain. Over the course of four days, new neurons were formed, synapses connected, and regions formerly disconnected were brought together in whole new ways.
Below are some of the highlights from individual presenters, but truly, the most under-appreciated aspect of the whole TED phenomenon is the richness of ideas that bubble to the surface through the combinatorial creativity of being exposed to such diversity and complexity. It’s a fusion of inspiration and ideation, that leaves the audience feeling not only optimistic, but motivated, that they can, in fact, play a part in this seismic shift towards abundance for all.
So without further adue, the recap (infographics courtesy of Fever Picture):
For the full Program Guide, visit http://conferences.ted.com/TED2013/program/guide.php