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TED: The Next Step

6. November 2008 15:28 by Scott in   //  Tags: , , , , , ,   //   Comments (7)

Planning the next TED conference didn't come to me as being that hard, but once you get into it, the conference needs more time than expected.  You have to research other conferences that are partners of TED.  You have to look at their schedules and how they plan things.  Currently, I have been unable to contact any TEDsters.  If you are a TEDster, please find me and contact me.  I would love to pick your brain a little bit knowing that I have never been to a TED conference.

I have four current projects in my life and looking at TED, I would need to spend the same time on the conference as I do on the other projects. The best way I am able to do this so far is to devote one day per week to each of my projects.  It allows me to keep focused each night on one project or another.

So whats happening with my conference planning this week?

I found several partners of TED that also have their own websites this passed week. I have been studying their schedules and how they work.  How they plan and what goes on at their conferences.

  • http://www.lunchoverip.com/ - This is the guy that runs the TEDGlobal conference in England.  I tried to contact him, with no luck so far.  He blogs about all the TEDGlobal conferences along with speakers.  If I could pick anyone's brain on how to organize, I would want it to be him or Chris Anderson (TED California).  A lot of resources at this site.
  • http://www.dld-conference.com/ - Digital Life Design (DLD) which is a TED partner.  I found them through one of the TEDs videos.
  • http://www.liftconference.com/ - This site was the most informational TED partner I found.  It actually sounds like a great conference and what I found most interesting on their site was a schedule of events for their conference.  This allows me to see how a conference like this is planned and executed. This conference is offered mostly in Asia.  This site also has a bunch of information on the creators and staff which I think is great.  It allows me to see what kinds of people need to be on the advisory board I wish to create.
  • http://www.picnicnetwork.org/ - This was another TED partner which wasn't completely informational, but it was a partner none the less which I could learn from. Picnic happens in Amsterdam, which must be a pretty large city because over 8000 people attended the last Picnic.

This is a small amount of resources offered, but I hope to make it something great.  I would like to own TED personally or as an entity which also has its own board of advisors.  The problem with owning it, would be the time spent with it.  I would rather be known as the curator of my TED.  I do seek ownership, but do also seek advisors to the cause.

I am pretty sure I will go with close to the same mission statement as TED has which seems extremly short and sweet.  I would love to carry the same name as TED, but if the conference becomes as large as it has the ability to.  I would rather name it differently. This is because I would rather not get into a legal battle over TED in the southeast a few years down the road. I am pretty close to deciding on a name for this conference, but am still working on somewhat of an acronym.

One other extra I found this week was a conference blogging guide.  It gave the best points on how to blog at conferences.  I found it at lunchoverip.com. I hope you find it useful for it will help me.

conferenceblogging_zuckerman-giussani_A4_color.pdf (484.97 kb)

As for the video this week, I found many good videos this week but most can go over the same and not hit a point home of what just happened with this years United States Elections.  Barack Obama won as you might know, but I do not wish to be political.  Barack leans more towards taking from the rich and giving to the poor.  He knows Capitalism works and that is why I chose this video.  In a part of this video, Richard Branson talks about his new venture, the Capitalist Philanthropy.  The quote stuck with me and I wish to share what he said, because I think it fits right in with why Barack Obama was the choice for president for many American citizens.

Here is the Quote - "Capitalist is proven to work.  The problem with capitalism is extreme wealth ends up in the hands of a few people.  Therefore extreme responsibility therefore goes with that wealth.  Use that money to either create jobs or tackle issues around the world.  If your in a position to radically change ones life for the better, then you should." - Richard Branson

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A More Perfect Union by Barack Obama

1. April 2008 23:03 by sam in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (6)

You know when it comes to politics there is not many things that could be thought of as inspirational. You have people that stand out above the crowd but not inspiring. You have people that fight for peoples rights, but not truly inspiring, but when you have a person stand up and take a high road that could have been just brushed off and avoided. I think you might know now what this post is about. Barack Obama could be our next president. He could be the next biggest loser. I am not trying to take sides and will try to never express my political views on this blog.

But when a man is faced with racial prejudice and stands right in its face and decides to take the high road, that is something that is inspiring. For decades upon decades now, there has always been a sense of racial problems in this country. Blacks can think that the white man is keeping him down and the white man thinking the black man is trash. Both sides of the issue have problems. Both sides have discrepancies, but when a black man (the pastor) makes it public. That is lighting a fire. It could start riots. It could ruin peoples careers. It could have ruined a mans presidency, but when Barack Obama took the stand and talked about the problems America still faces with cultural problems. Well he didn't try and low ball it, he didn't sit back and hide under the covers for it to be avoided, he stood up proud, responsive and ready to make a change to how this kind of media controversy was taking it. This to some people could be mirrored like Martin Luther King Jr. It could be mirrored like the Dalai Lama and the current situation in Tibet. I for one am inspired about the kind of road he took. If you also missed it, he didn't even disown his pastor. He said he was like a aunt or mother in law to him. This I tell you is an admiring man and I for one look up to him and say I was inspired by the way you handled the situation.