TED was created in 1984 and has had Bill Clinton, Paul Simon, Bill Gates, Bono Vox, Al Gore, Michelle Obama and Philippe Starck as speakers.
Imagine being able to travel, for a few minutes, through the minds of the greatest thinkers in the world.
This is TED’s proposal, which began in 1984 as an annual conference in California about technology, entertainment and design. Thus the name.
Icons from a variety of areas have already shared their thoughts on the event’s stage, including Bill Clinton, Paul Simon, Bill Gates, Bono Vox, Al Gore, Michelle Obama and Philippe Starck.
Despite the thousands of seats available in the audience, the registration for the lectures, which last a maximum of 18 minutes, fill up one year ahead of time. Those who don’t get a ticket watch on the website, which has had more than 50 million hits in 150 countries.
Each year the organization elects a featured thinker and gives them 100 thousand dollars so that they might fulfill “A Wish that Will Move the World.” And, with its 4 actions, TED Conference, TED Talks, TED Prize and TEDx, the motto, “ideas worth spreading” gains life.
“We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world” say the TED organizers.
We do too. How about you?