Yesterday I blogged about the artist Vik Muniz, and referred you to the TED website to view a video. Pretty interesting site – I just have to share a little more. TED is a non-profit, devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”. It began in 1984, starting as a conference bringing together Technology, Entertainment, and Design.
We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. –from the TED website
Topics have expanded to include art, business, global issues and more. You need time for this website, as it consists of videos to watch. We never have enough time, do we? Yet we will sit down after dinner and complain that there is nothing good on TV. Next time you find yourself flipping through mindless television channels, take a look at TED!
Iranian artist Shirin Neshat speaks about being an artist in exile. A voice for her people, yet unable to go home.
Dan Gilbert is the author of “Stumbling on Happiness”. He challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want.
One of my favorite musicians, Peter Gabriel, co-founded a watchdog group called “Witness”. His group provides ordinary people with digital cameras to record the states of their own lives -shining a light upon individual stories of abuse to turn those into powerful tools for justice.
Whether you find inspiration for art, for a cause, or just something interesting to challenge your thinking, I hope you find TED to be a great resource.