February 27th, 2011

TED’s big annual event, TED2011, is just around the corner from February 28th–March 4th. This year’s theme is The Rediscovery of Wonder, and as usual, they have a remarkable line up of speakers that range from Data Artists to Dinosaur Diggers.

Back in 2006, I was honored to give a TED Talk. At that time, TED was really only accessible to an exclusive group of attendees with connections and $5,000 to spend on a conference. No longer true. Anyone, who can get online, can see and hear all of the talks and performances. If you have not visited the TED website yet, just do it. The talks are presented in such a way that you can select a topic or theme of interest such as informative, courageous, design, or global issues. Try Inspiring for a start. Here are two very different and provocative talks related to Livable Cities that give you some idea of the quality and diversity that TED continues to deliver.

Mikael Colville-Andersen
Why We Shouldn’t Bike with a Helmet, Copenhagen, 2010

Bill Strickland (with Herbie Hancock)
Rebuilding America, One Slide Show at a Time, Monterey, California, 2002