It’s time for TED

In 805conversations by Mark Sylvester

TED, it’s a vacation for your brain

Don Levy and Mark Sylvester, veteran TEDsters and TEDx organizers, sit down to talk about their TED experiences on the eve of TED2016. They shared their own TED story, how they got to the conference in the beginning and how it has affected their personal and professional lives. This engaging and fast-paced conversation delved into all things TED including:
  • How Don got SONY involved with Richard Saul Wurman, the founder of TED
  • The origin of the title of this show, “It’s time for TED.”
  • The analogy of TED to a ‘Tasting menu’ rather than an IDEA Buffet
  • The backstory on TED and other aspects of the conference you’ve not heard about
  • What’s a TED Salon?
  • TED University
  • How TEDx got started. The first TEDx (at USC) on March 23rd, 2009
  • How TEDx become a worldwide phenomena
  • There will be 3,000 TEDx events around the world in 2016
  • How to coach someone to give a TEDx talk – TEDx organizer, Kymberlee Weil has coached over 100 speakers for the TEDx stage
  • Behind the Scenes at TEDxAmericanRiviera – click to see videos from those 3 years (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • What it’s like to produce a TEDx event and how it has a galvanizing effect on the community
  • Generally interesting anecdotes from over 20 years of attending TED
  • Don’s story about giving his 6 minute TEDtalk on the main stage in Long Beach
TED’s main site – The site that has all of the information about TED, the Conferences, and the Community TEDx main site – Looking for a TEDx near you? This is the place to find one. Set a goal for yourself to attend at least one TEDx this year. TEDx Videos on Youtube – These are the talks that don’t make it onto – they are amazing TEDxSantaBarbara – local hub for TEDx activity in Santa Barbara TEDxConejo – local hub for TEDx activity in the Conejo Valley