TED: An Idea Worth Spreading

Have you ever wondered where great ideas come from, or whether there are some great ideas out there that you just haven’t heard yet ? Well, the annual Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) conference is a hot-bed for those ideas. And this year it’s being held from February 4 through February 8 in Palm Springs.

TED started in 1984. Back then its goal was to bring together leading thinkers and doers from the diverse fields of technology, entertainment and design so they can share their best ideas. Since then TED expanded its scope to include world leaders, scientists, musicians and more. And these thinkers, doers and leaders have agreed to share their best ideas with you for free. You’ll find videos from people you’ll recognize like Al Gore who spoke last March on the pace of climate change. Here’s a talk by Tony Robbins on why we do what we do and how we can do it better. Bill Gates just gave a talk on philanthropy and education that hasn’t been posted yet. But you’ll also find videos with fascinating ideas from people who you may not know.

The theme for the 2009 conference is “The Great Unveiling.” Ethan Zuckerman from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society is live blogging from the floor of the conference.