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Is This The Future Of TED?

Apr 30 2014, 9:17pm CDT | by

The high-powered TED conference, which extended its reach in 2006 by posting videos of its TED talks online, has dramatically reshaped the public’s ideas about what a great event looks like. Many...

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Is This The Future Of TED?

Apr 30 2014, 9:17pm CDT | by

The high-powered TED conference, which extended its reach in 2006 by posting videos of its TED talks online, has dramatically reshaped the public’s ideas about what a great event looks like. Many conferences now embrace TED’s format of well-choreographed 18 minute talks, which often mix professional research with heartfelt personal experience – including thousands of TEDx gatherings, which are independently organized TED-like events that have been held around the world since 2009.

But TEDx serves another role, in addition to spreading the TED brand and allowing massive numbers of attendees to participate who could never afford TED’s elite pricetag ($8500 for the 2015 offering). TEDx is also a type of laboratory, and one event – TEDxBeaconStreet in Massachusetts – has spawned an entirely new concept that may reshape how we experience TED around the world: TEDx Adventures .

The concept involves participants signing up for free, hands-on experiences in their local communities, led by an expert and usually lasting 1 ½ to 3 hours. The leaders may be TEDx speakers themselves, or others who have volunteered. John Werner, the curator of TEDxBeaconStreet and the originator of TEDx Adventures (working at the time with TEDxBoston), views them as a crucial way to engage the audience even beyond the day’s events at TEDx. “I’d go to the speakers and say, ‘Who wants to put on an adventure?’” he says. “Instead of the talks being the end goal, the speeches are the beginning.”

Given the extensive database he’s accumulated, “When I say, ‘Who wants to meet the Michael Jordan of Swiss cheese or hang out with a NASCAR driver?,’ we get a lot of cool people.” Indeed, more than 10,000 people have participated in over 100 Adventures to date. Past Adventures include “the physics of sailing”; a tour of an MIT professor’s brain-mapping lab; the opportunity to ride on a lobster boat, help with the haul, and eat a lobster dinner; a glass-blowing workshop for youth; the chance to try out Google Glass at the MIT Media Lab; and the opportunity to practice laparoscopic techniques with a top surgeon.

TEDx Adventures began in 2010, and more than 100 TEDx leaders from 18 countries have subsequently come to Boston to be trained on how to conduct Adventures – so you may be likely to be experience one in your own community soon. Werner’s vision is bold: “My goal is that a third of TEDx events will do Adventures, and that three-minute documentaries [about the adventures] will become as important as TED talks. This would challenge conference organizers to think a little more about getting out into the community.”

Indeed, TED has become a pervasive cultural force, encouraging the public to watch videos of its talks and attend local events. But Werner wants to turn the excitement of a one or two-day conference into an ongoing, year-round appreciation of the innovations and thinkers in our own backyards – perhaps the boldest way yet to share “ideas worth spreading.”

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RM47mil KWSG contributions still unclaimed

Jun 9 2014 7:54am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: About RM47 million of contributions in the Teachers Provident Fund (KWSG) still remain unclaimed, the Dewan Rakyat was told t ...
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Gold shop lost almost RM1mil

Jun 9 2014 3:50am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KANGAR: A gold shop owner lost almost RM1 million after after the safe on in his shop was b ...
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Motion to debate MAS losses in Dewan Rakyat rejected

Jun 9 2014 3:39am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: AN emergency motion to debate the losses incurred by Malaysia Airlines last year, amounting to RM1.2 billion was rejected by the D ...
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MH370 Tragedy: Hisham: RM27.6 mil spent on 1st phase of SAR

Jun 9 2014 2:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia spent some RM27.6 million in its first phase of the search operations for missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370, said Acting Transport Minister, Datuk ...
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9.1m litres of diesel seized in a month

Jun 8 2014 1:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives, and Consumerism ministry has seized some 9.1 million litres of diesel and property worth RM58 million since mounting ‘Operasi Diesel Selatan’ in the southern states last month. ...
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Girl, 9, awarded RM2.78m compensation for medical negligence

Jun 6 2014 4:56am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: A nine-year-old girl who suffered brain damage during her birth at a government hospital was awarded over RM2.78 million i ...
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Malaysia's total trade in April up 12pc

Jun 5 2014 11:52pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's total trade in April 2014 rose by 12 per cent from a year ago to RM123.86 billion due to growing trading activities, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed ...
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Works Ministry to spend RM20m for upgrading works at 50 accident black spots

Jun 4 2014 11:35pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

JOHOR BARU: The Works Ministry will implement upgrading works at 50 accident prone locations in the country that have been identified this year invo ...
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Najib launches loan scheme for Ramadan traders

Jun 4 2014 10:24pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launches RM45 million Ramadan Bazaar Scheme ...
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Residents bring up objection against Kidex to Suhakam

Jun 4 2014 4:49am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: A group of 20 Petaling Jaya residents held a meeting with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) over their objection against the proposed RM2.2 billion Kinrara Damansara ...
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