There are few things that get me fired up late at night like watching TED videos. For the uninitiated, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and is a conference that takes place once a year. The videos from TED are shared free on their website, and the talks are enough to get you standing up with your fist in the air, clutching your heart with tears streaming down your cheeks, or doubling over with laughter.
TED is undertaking a new initiative which is to encourage local communities to sponsor their own events, called “TEDx.”
We are hosting ours here in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, November 6.
I am excited about this event because:
- The kind of people who are attracted to TED are smart, funny, creative, enterprising and socially conscious. I can think of no better crowd to hang out with.
- My new hometown of Phoenix deserves recognition as more than a place to watch Spring Training or where models come for rehab in fancy spas. We are a great place to start your company, expand operations, hold events and find killer talent. And for those of you worried about the summers, don’t worry, it is a dry heat.
- When you come to a place where people are sharing good ideas, you will ask yourself “what good ideas do I have to share?” And if you don’t have any, you will realize that you better start thinking of them. And you will get inspired to do something in your own life that makes you feel alive. And when you feel alive, you will want to do something bodacious. And you will share the idea. And the world will be a better place.
Sign up here to attend TEDxPhoenix on November 6. You will not regret it!
TEDx events are happening all over the world. Go here to find one in your local area, and if there isn’t one, host one!
If you want to talk to others who are spearheading local TEDx events, here is a start:
- My awesome friend from Top Shelf Escapes) is hosting TEDxSLO in San Luis Obispo, California in March, 2010. Check out her event here.
- The force of nature that is Andre Blackman is planning a special TEDx focused on public health next year. You can find him at Pulse and Signal or @mindofandre on Twitter — ask him for details once they emerge.
- Our organizing crew here in Phoenix are amazing. Once they recover from launching the first TEDxPhoenix, I am sure they would be happy to share lessons learned with you. Volunteer crew here. (I am listed as a “Strategic Adviser” which is a kind way of saying I do no real work except sing praises over the Internet)
If you are still on the fence, here is a selection of a few of my favorite TED talks. Do not say I didn’t warn you that they are highly addictive.
ZeFrank on why is the Internet so funny?
Becky Blanton, who I just discovered on TED today and realized she is the woman I talk about in my book who lived in a van down by the river! She won Daniel Pink‘s contest for the last chapter of his Johnny Bunko book, which got her a ticket to TED in Oxford, which inspired this talk. The small world connections here blow my mind!
See you on the 6th!
And if you get so fired up at TEDx that you decide to finally start your business, attend our day-long Entrepreneur Conference on November 12. All proceeds go to a great cause, and I will be speaking alongside some other wonderful and inspiring entrepreneurs. Sign up here!