For personal use against degeneration

Although there are numerous facts indicating a global tendency of increasing individual ingorance[*], it is heartwarming to see a large community has established themselves with annual meetings and the sole mission to spread knowledge and inspiration.

Since TED was established in 1984 the focus has broadened from originally Technology, Entertainment and Design to a much wider spectrum today. The organization has already made a significant effort sharing knowledge and are on their noble mission welcoming everybody curious enough to seek a deeper understanding of the world, and passionate enough to at least attempt turning that understanding into a better future for all of us.

Ideas worth spreading
The annual conference brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in just 18 minutes. So, no long and theoretical sessions – just the ultimate session design matching attention span and hopefully available time.

Would I join?
Absolutely – I truly wish I could afford to participate. But the price tag of USD 6000, plus travel and more importantly the cost of taking time off to attend this event makes it an impossible dream. At least for me it does…

But the noble team at TED has made the best talks and performances from TED available in Video for the rest of us. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and re-posted. Yes, you got it – for free!

Right now, there are more than 200 presentations available on the website, and I think they keep extending the library.

And there is really fantastic material in there. Here is one example – an eyeopener on the mixed blessings of plastic. I watched this in the airport lounge today waiting for my flight back to Copenhagen, and came to think I might have forgotten how bad it has become since I noticed an abundance of empty plastic bags flying around in an the otherwise unpopulated Sahara desert back in 1999.

Wow, how could I forget… and that is why we need this kind of information.

Prescription
If you need inspiration in your life, may I recommend a daily dose of one of these every morning.

[*]
The intelligence reduction theme of the movie follows the theory of The Genetic Theory of Natural Selection by R.A. Fisher. It is one of the most important books of the modern evolutionary synthesis. And it is also available free of charge – so feel free to enjoy!

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