Curating a TEDx (or, from Arrogance to Humility)


9 Responses to “Curating a TEDx (or, from Arrogance to Humility)”

  1. martinhekker says:

    Glad to see the emphasis on humility. Breathless exuberance for technology and science related topics is usually an indication that critical faculties have been shut off. Plus it is annoying.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Apparently, guitarist Robert Fripp was sent an application to speak at TED, but he turned it down. The application asked why the applicant felt he was specially qualified to speak or else was somehow particularly interesting and important. Fripp (in his blog) said that he had declined because he didn’t feel uniquely qualifiednor had he any inclination to try to prove this to anyone.

    It’s TED’s loss: Fripp is a really interesting dude and has no doubt influenced (directly or indirectly) countless other TED speakers.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    did you manage to do something about the notoriously bad male/female ratio at ted?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Will there be more TEDxBoston events? Checked the site and couldn’t find any info, or a mailing list. (I don’t want to follow you on Twitter, I just want an email if there’s an upcoming event.) Looking forward to watching all the videos!

  6. Robert says:

    Oh God, it’s Papyrus. And TED folks are supposed to be smart.

  7. Anonymous says:

    it’s rare thing when someone who has interesting stuff to say ALSO has the ability to say it effectively and interestingly. here’s how it usually breaks out for me:

    uninteresting stuff / ineffective speaker: stop at about 2 minutes and don’t think about it.

    uninteresting stuff / effective speaker: stop at 4 minutes and feel mildly bamboozled.

    interesting stuff / ineffective speaker: stop at about 6 minutes and feel guilty.

    interesting stuff / effective speaker: yay, this is why i love ted!

    here’s one that fell into the interesting stuff / effective speaker that i never in a million years thought would have:

  8. Lobster says:

    TED is an interesting beast. On the one hand I want to say, of course it’s elitist and it better be if it’s a conference about the biggest and best ideas. On the other, I’ve been following TED for a long time and have seen some of the most uselessly arrogant people in the world there, often presenting their “art” rather than anything particularly useful or interesting. Not that art is useless or boring… but THEIR art is useless and boring.

    #2, in regards to the male/female ratio, I agree that it’s a problem but I think it’s one to address at a lower level than TED. TED is a little like an award show. It’s a matter of recognition. While there are absolutely some wonderful female scientists out there, there are MORE male scientists. That’s a problem with how we raise and educate our children and how we utilize talent. I think we should probably address the problem at that level rather than give the TED organizers a list of quotas they must meet. Especially since some female scientists, including some who have been on TED, are much more interested in science than talking about femininity and feminism and what it’s like to be a female scientist. As if they became scientists because they love science, not because they wanted to prove a woman could do it, you know?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I lost all respect for TED when they took down Sarah Silverman. What arrogance!

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