So you know about TED talks, right? Those brief lectures given by “thought leaders” in front of people who specialize in “disruption” and “innovation?”
Well, TED has a franchise operation called TEDx. If you are able to successfully apply for a TEDx license, and are willing to abide by a great many rules, you can put on your very own TEDx event in your town.
My library did this over the weekend. I organized it, inasmuch as I chose the speakers and laid out the day’s programming. The staging and videorecording were farmed out to a production company that turned our auditorium into a dark, dramatically-lit TV studio.
We had a 12-man production crew, nine speakers, people zooming around talking into headsets, a green room, piles of catered lunch nosh, and a live internet stream. It was kinda nuts.
The talks were on a wide variety of subjects: the power of focus, personal & professional trauma, the quick generation of ideas, life as a secular Muslim in today’s America, composing music for video games, trends in philanthropy, open-source tech in the arts, and how to use innovation in order to spend more time with the kids. I got to see only one talk — too busy dealing with backstage issues. I’ll have to wait until the videos are edited and uploaded to the internet, just like most everyone else.