Link: TED Program.
This conference sounds amazing. It's an invite only event, although a handful of people can apply for a few open spots. Judging from the speaker list , the content of TED 2006 is daunting, yet inspirational. The preconference event, Ted University, sound especially neat and completely embraces the concept of life long learning that I believe most teachers want to instill in their students. I also really like the design of this web site!
Changing the world has been on my mind today as I watched CNN Presents on Time's People of the Year, Bono along with Bill and Melinda Gates. See also The Good Samaritans. Humbling was a word Bono used during the program to describe his involvement in Africa and I'm glad someone feels empowered to make a difference in this world. For the rest of us little people, it's harder to see the possibilities making a dent, and much easier to choose self-involvement and apathy. In the end, Bono and the Gates are just people like anyone else, but they have had the platform in which to make the world take notice. I think the average person, myself included, has no inkling of life in Africa, and the CNN program tonight makes me want to find out more.
Anyway, wouldn't it be fabulous to do something like the TED conference within the specific field of education? Get all the major thinkers and innovators in one spot to brainstorm ideas for changing education? You know, I just can't shake my basic idealism, no matter how old and jaded I become. Maybe that's a good thing.