0278 – The role of TED talks in shaping our future

If you haven’t heard of TED before, where have you been?!

March 29th 2012 marked the 3rd time the TEDxUofM conference was held. Again, I was inspired by the stories that the speakers have to share. From sustainability to education to films to meditation, these talks were delivered by incredible people with passion, dedication and strength of character. It always makes me evaluate what I’ve done in my life and where I’d like to see my self in the future. In a way it kinda humbles me when I hear about the things that these people have done – I just wish I’m that awesome. With that said, TED speakers have my fullest respect and praise, for being able to get to that stage requires unparalleled commitment and perseverance.

What one can do with the TED talk is a somewhat different story. TED’s mission is simple: spreading ideas. This basic concept has become a whole lot more than that to me. To me it signifies the limitless possibilities that each individual have access to. It signifies the range of people, both like-minded and differing in opinions, that is working towards positive change for our society. It showcases the movements that prove that individuals can in fact make a difference, even when faced with the most daunting of circumstances.

I dream of being on the TED stage one day. I dream of having an idea that is worth spreading. I dream of the day where I can realize that the work that I have done on this planet means something to someone. I have hope that this day will come. And I hope the same for you.

In closing, I’d like to leave you with a talk that I just watched by Leymah Gbowee. Leymah received the 2011 Nobel Peace Price for her work on empowering women in Liberia to end the civil war and dictatorship in her country. Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “0278 – The role of TED talks in shaping our future

  1. springsteen1 April 1, 2012 / 11:38 am

    I love this because Ted has become incredibly important. I heard from and met Scott Page last year, who created the discipline of Complex Systems, and am now majoring in it – proof positive that these things work. It also provides a forum on which discussion and dialogue in an intellectual fashion are more easily able to take place. Many other areas of the ‘U’ could take a note.

    • Pete W April 1, 2012 / 5:38 pm

      Yeah definitely. I’m curious – how did Scott Page prove this? I took a minicourse with him earlier this semester (Maor did too) and I really like what he’s doing. Complex systems is going to be big.

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