Thursday, August 26, 2010

TED…Ideas worth spreading

I have to admit, I'm in love with TED…..the non-profit organization devoted to spreading worthwhile ideas globally. TED began in 1984 with a combined effort of geniuses in the fields of technology, entertainment and design. Presenters can be famous authors such as Amy Tan, gurus in the field of technology such as Steve Jobs or lesser known people with amazing ideas. TED talks can be anywhere from ten minutes to an hour and accessed at the TED website. The website is a great place to browse for topics on innovation, invention, technology, literacy….all speakers are cutting edge or "out of the box" thinkers in their fields.

90% of the time, TED Talks are for grownups. However, every once in a while a TED Talk is great for kids. For example, Jim Toomey: Learning from Sherman the Shark is a talk about how cartoonist, Toomey, uses his genre to create awareness of the ocean and issues that affect its health and survival. His talk is great inspiration for those kids that draw and draw and doodle their way through the day….it can actually lead to not only a career but one that can impact a cause.

Take 14 minutes to watch Learning from Sharks with a young person today and get to know TED. I'll bet you will love TED too.

Toomey, J. Learning from Sharks {TED Talk}. Retrieved from TED Talks website:

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