Richard Saul Wurman created the TED conference in 1984 as a onetime event. (As you may already know,TED refers to Technology, Education, and Design.) It became a four-day conference six years later. Chris Anderson purchased TED in 2001. Until 2005, it remained a once-a-year conference: four days of programs, 50 speakers, 18-minute presentations. Anderson added TEDGlobal to reach an international audience.TED.com was launched in 2006. Thus far, the website has attracted more than one billion views, averaging about two million a day. The video programs have been translated into more than 100 languages.
According to Anderson, “With TED, the end of the talk should not be the end of the idea, but just the beginning.”TED showcases speakers who are knowledgeable, of course, but also “human, relatable, and often emotional, so what they share lights people up.”
There are no charges to access any of the TED programs. After attending the 2006 conference, documentary filmmaker Daphne Zuniga described it as “Cirque Du Soleil for the mind.” Oprah Winfrey later observed, “TED is where brilliant people go to hear other brilliant people.”
According to TED, these are the 20 programs that have been most popular thus far. Please click here to check them out.
Welcome to a feast of ideas worth sharing!