Sunday, May 3, 2009

LEADERSHIP: TEDTalk: Barry Schwartz on our loss of virtue..."Ideas Worth Spreading"

Barry Schwartz's talk at TED2009 was considered by many to be the highlight of the world famous annual conference. Gayle and I met the founder of TED, Saul Wurman in Davos in 1998. TED is an amazing conference on Technology, Entertainment and Design. Here is what Wikipedia says:

"TED was founded by Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks in 1984, and has been held annually since 1990. Wurman left after the 2002 conference; the event is now hosted by Chris Anderson and owned by his non-profit organization The Sapling Foundation, devoted to 'leveraging the power of ideas to change the world.' 

In 2006, attendance cost $4,400 and was by invitation only. The membership model was shifted in January of 2007 to an annual membership fee of $6,000, which includes attendance of the conference, club mailings, networking tools and conference DVDs."

Enjoy this great talk by Barry! Let me know what you think.
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Anonymous said...

TED is thought by many to be the most 'happening' conference in the world today. May have eclipsed the Bohemian Grove and even the Clinton Global Initiative.

Gayle Hallgren-Rezac said...

I met the founder of TED in Davos one year. We were sitting at a table next to Richard Saul Wurman at a little restaurant and started a conversation with him on design. This was many years ago, but I always remember one of the things that he said about faucets. Yup, faucets. Why isn't there a universal faucet? Hot always on one side, cold the other. And they should all turn on and off the same way. Think about that the next time you are facing one of those Rubick's Cube faucets streaming cold water. Do I turn left, do I turn it right, what's that button for? Can you relate? Gayle Hallgren-Rezac