So here are the talks you should watch out for. I’ve divided them to 5 categories (in no particular order) which are Wisdom, Funny Wisdom, Urgent, “NoWay, That’s Awesome!”, and Sobering. The one that is out already will be tagged [OUT].
1. Daniel Kahneman, the father of behavioral economics talks about 2 selves; the remembering and experiencing self. [OUT]
2. Jane Mcgonigal, a hot gamer, talks about how we need to play more video games to save the world.
3. Dave Levin, Mike Feinberg, the founder of KIPP charter schools, talks about revolutionizing education in the States.
4. Bill Gates, famous billionare and philanthropist, talks about 5 solutions to save the earth. [OUT]
5. Chip Conley talks about Bhutan’s main export – the Gross National Happiness.
6. Raghava KK talks about his evolutions in artistry as avatars. [OUT]
1. Dan Barber, awesome chef (believe me, I tried his food, it is orgasmic!), talks about his love affair (with fish) and an bizarrely sustainable fish farm.
2. Julia Sweeney, storyteller, talks about her first sex talk with her daughter.
3. Ken Robinson, famous TED speaker and education & creativity specialist talks about the crisis in human resources (not the corporate type).
4. Adora Svitak, kid genius, points out who is really childish.
1. Esther Duflo, activist, talks about a systematic approach to look for solutions that work.
2. Kevin Bales, slavery specialist, points out the incredible number and stories of slaveries – in OUR time.
3. Jamie Oliver, celebrity chef, is pissed of how people feed their children. [OUT]
No Way, that’s Awesome!!
1. Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele artist, plays Ave maria and Bohemian Rhapsody…IN HIS UKULELE!!
2. The LXD, Dancers, dances the coolest dance. [OUT]
3. Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Microsoft engineer updates the photosynth. [OUT]
4. Gary Flake, technologist, talks about the new way of browsing the net. [OUT]
5. John underkoffler, technologist, talks about the technology behind Minority Report. This is WAY awesome!
6. Mitchell Joachim, environmentalist, talks about actual tree houses.
1. Glenna Fraumeni, nursing student, talks about the rest of her life.
Oh man, I’m so bad at this.
Ok, its time for another installment of the TEDActive blog post. Probably the last, but don’t worry, ill give you some very good information.
After waking up in what I thought was very cold weather, we head out to the conference room to finally experience TED. When we walked in the conference room, my idea of what a TED conference should be was shattered. Instead of a theatre like space, the place was filled with red beanie bags, state of the art and weird looking chairs, and tens of flat screen TV’s. there was even a place that the TVs was hung 2 meters high, facing the ground, and below it was a large round cushion for people to lay over and watch the talks. On the sides were laptops for people to blog and tweet. There I could sense that TEDActive was a whole other ballgame. It was fun! So there it was, grown ass people slouching over beanie bags, starring at big TVs, with complimentary Bing pillows.
The simulcast started with a musician named Thomas Dolby. He and his band/’Chamber Orchestra’ played bittersweet symphony by the Verve Pipes; a great piece to start the whole thing.
And finally, Chris Anderson the curator of TED went up on stage and opened the event. “Bittersweet is about right” he said. He focused on the bitter part. He confessed to a rage that he has about the condition of the world. He wanted to explore more of what the world needs now. Hence the tagline for this year’s event “What the World Needs Now”. He then said “Its time for TED!”
And so it began. 4 days, 12 session, close to 100 speakers (or is it more?) that blew our minds away.
So, instead of giving you guys a rundown of the event, we will give you a recommendation of videos to watch out for. And make no mistake they are phenomenal!
This guy I met over the week, Alex, at the end of it he said “I’m ready. I’m ready to jump in, and do it!” I said “do what? The TEDx event you’ve been planning?” He said “No. Everything. I’m just gonna do it. Just do it!”
This my friends, is the poison of TED. He became an incurable optimist. I don’t know if he’ll stay that way, but that’s certainly a great feeling to have. And I was having it too.
First let me clarify. The TED event that I attended is called TEDActive, a gathering of TED Activists in Palm Springs, watching a simulcast of TED2010 in Long Beach. So, there were no live speakers (except for TEDYou speakers, but we’ll get to that later).
All there is, was a room filled with 500 people that consist of TEDx organizers, TED translators, and (lets be honest) people who couldn’t get tickets to the Long Beach one. But as I experienced it day by day, I hear stories about how some people (quite a lot actually), had the chance to go to Long Beach, but chose Palm Springs instead. “There’s an energy to it!” they would argue. I really wouldn’t know.
Tuesday was Pre-Conference activities. There were bike rides & city tours. I chose the TEDx workshop (as that’s really why I’m here for) and TEDYou.
At the TEDx workshop, TEDx organizers share their know-how to others. And they were invaluable! Some talked about how you build a team. Others talk about pricing, web streaming, etc. I talked about how the small things can create big impacts. I also recorded some surprises for my friends x). The common theme was that these people are passionate about spreading ideas!
The second event was TEDYou. TEDYou is TED’s way of facilitating the audience to create a TED moment for themselves (really cool right?). So, some people came up and had a 3-minute TED Talk. And if it were good, they might be uploaded as a TED Talk. You may have seen this video. In this remarkable session, I saw a lot of established names and unique story! There was the guy that ran OLPC (One Laptop Per Child); The former CEO of “Just for Laughs” (you know, the program you watch on airplanes when there’s nothing good); or a guy that burned his house down when he was 8 years old. And then there was a girl. She has short figure, short hair, seems young & innocent. That girl had wake brain surgery 3 months ago. She was diagnosed a couple of years ago with malignant brain cancer. The doctor gave her 3 years. He said “Enjoy the hell out of it!” And she did. She’s passionate about helping people so she is studying to become a nurse.
The last sentence that she delivered remains the most powerful sentence I have heard throughout the event, possibly ever.
“On Christmas eve 2011, I will be dead. What will you be doing?”
And that ended the TEDYou session. On the very last day of the event, that video was shown not only to the TEDYou attendees, but also the the audiences of Palm Springs, and Long Beach.
To end the day, Rives (one of the the host of TEDActive, also a TED speaker) said: “and TED hasn’t even started yet!” This surprised me a bit as I have gained so much that day, it didn’t even feel like 1 day.
if you read our previous post, you would know that one of us is going to TEDActive (www.ted.com/tedactive) at Palm Springs next week. that person will be Arief (the bald guy).
He has promised to blog the event as much as possible (maybe even everyday). So, to see if he keeps his promise or not, make sure you follow our blog!
He might even tweet…
Hi TEDxJakarta peeps,
We have an anouncement that is very exciting for the future of our TEDx. Maybe you have heard that our TEDx events have a limit of only 100 participants. This rule comes out of the TEDx guideline from TED directly. This was unfortunate, especially after seeing the rising momentum of TEDxJakarta. We’re quite tired of turning people down.
Well, just before the new year, we talked about this with the TED’s TEDx coordinator through the magic of Skype. She said that it’s the one rule she really can’t let go of. But since the limit can be broken under the condition that one of the organizers have experienced TED, she said that what she could do is give a free entrance ticket to one of the TED events. And that TED event is TEDActive www.ted.com/tedactive.
And so, one of us will be going to Palm Springs this February, blog and tweet the hell out of that event, come home and make bigger and better TEDx events (as mentioned in our 2010 resolution tweet).
So always checkout our blog at TEDxJakarta.tumblr.com,
and our tweets at www.twitter.com/tedxjkt
1. Benjamin Zander on classical music with shining eyes:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9LCwI5iErE
2. Pattie Maes on The “Sixth Sense”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ-VjUKAsao
3. John Francis on walking the Earth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlYJQ0psZYA
4. Sir Ken Robinson - Do schools kill creativity?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY
5. Bjarke Ingels - 3 warp-speed architecture tales: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AYE3w5TWHs
6. Aimee Mullins on how her legs gave her superpowers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ0iMulicgg
7. William Kamkwamba on how he built his family a windmill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8yKFVPOD6o
8. William Kamkwamba - How I harnessed the wind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crjU5hu2fag