TEDx Promotes the Literacy of Speech

TED was started by Chris Anderson a number of years ago by promoting “ideas worth spreading” through its annual TED Conference with talks from global leaders. The 18-minute talks are then posted on TED.com for free viewing. TEDx is a year-old offshoot, offering individuals and groups a way to host local events around the world — which are now occurring daily. Trinity University in San Antonio just hosted a local TEDx.

TEDx represents radical openness and passion from each speaker. What started as highly visible speakers making powerful speeches, like Gates, has revolutionized the art of the spoken word. SmartPlanet published an interview with the founder Anderson, who spoke on changing the world, one video at a time. He says:

I think anyone who has read great books or watched a half-dozen TED talks will say, “My goodness, my world just shifted,” and understand the impact of great ideas. If you don’t get the power of ideas, you will think TED is a very strange thing.

Anderson believes that “there’s a whole new literacy that’s being developed” in these videos. “Reading and writing is how we teach our kids to communicate with the rest of the world, because that’s been the only game in town. Now, the literacy of speech is going to be more important.”

My take away from this interview:

There’s 1,000 talks now. I love the talks that give a different lens on the world and especially those that give a different lens on your own mind. It’s a shock to discover just how buggy and flawed our minds are.

Check out Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation

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