In a world plagued with Kim Kardashian gossip, Miley Cyrus tweets and Justin Bieber selfies, TED Talks broadcast ideas worth spreading. TED—which stands for technology, entertainment, design—annual conferences began in 1990, and have spawned a series of global, independently organized events. On November 15, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience will host TEDxJupiter. This all-day event features a variety of local speakers covering a myriad of topics all in 18 minutes or less.
TEDxJupiter is an example of one of the self-organized experiences inspired by the spirit of TED Talks. With the goal of sharing "bold ideas that generate positive change," the event includes speakers from many fields, such as the arts, magazine publishing, education and the sciences. At the moment, speakers include performance artist Pete Marzilli; Dr. Corinne Lasmezas of the Scripps Research Institute; Stan Bronson, the executive director of the Florida Earth Foundation; Jeramy Pritchett, editor-in-chief of Blindfold Magazine; Provost of Palm Beach State College, Dr. Jean Wihbey; and Jason "Farmer Jay" McCobb, an expert in sustainable agriculture. The lineup is in step with the mission of the TEDx program, which is to provide "communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level."
- Tickets for the event are $75 and include a continental breakfast, luncheon and post-event cocktail reception.
Thinking about attending? To provide you with a better idea of what a TED-like experience looks like, I've compiled a list of some of my favorites from the annual conferences.
- Susan Cain, The Power of Introverts. This TED Talk has over 5 million views, and for good reason. Writer Susan Cain outlines the benefits to introversion and explains the perils to living in a world designed for and around extroverts.
- Aimee Mullins, My 12 Pairs of Legs. Mullins is a model, but she's far from "perfect." Mullins is also a double amputee and, in her TED Talk, she introduces her many pairs of legs that allow her to change her height, as well as the perspective of others.
- Eric Whitacre, A Virtual Choir 2,000 Voices Strong: Composer Eric Whitacre, who visited the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach earlier this year, speaks about his virtual choir, which he created by posting a piece of music online and asking singers from around the globe to upload videos.
- Brené Brown, The Power of Vulnerability: In a culture that values strength and resilience, what virtues are offered to the vulnerable? Researcher Brené Brown argues that there are many.
- TED Under 20: This is not one talk, but a collection of 13 talks all from teenagers. In one word, they're inspiring.