Friday, November 30, 2012

TED with and without the x

being inspired...
I love TED talks! It is amazingly cool to see very interesting people casually talk about what they are up to. And I especially love the sciency talks, where you get instant insights into cutting edge research, without having to be emerged into that particular community and without having to deal with the technical talk. However, I also appreciate the enormous breath of different speakers. You get to hear about stuff you never even knew exited.

I can't even say what my favorite TED talks are, because there are so many I like. If I would have to pick, I would choose these talks:
The "categories" I enjoy the most are science/technology, inspiration and activism. Lately however, I find the problem to be the overwhelming number of talks. That's why I like the newly introduced playlists. Recently TED scored 1 billion views.

Adding the x

TED grants licenses to third parties to organize independent TEDx events internationally. As of October 2012, more than 19'900 talks have been given at more than 5'088 TEDx events in more than 137 countries (source). This really gets the community thing going and inspires a distributed and global effort to share "ideas worth spreading".

TEDxZurich 2012

In 2010 the first TEDx event was launched in Zurich. On the 25th of October 2012, the third edition was organized. It was a fun and eventful day and my favorite talks can be categorized as follows.

Inspiration and activism:
Science and technology:

Finally, this is the talk I gave about complex systems, economic networks and the study, The Network of Global Corporate Control:

More information can be found here:
Thanks @gklain, Ronald Slabbers, @lazyhotstepper and @kompostnyc for the help:)

Sometimes TED is accused of being an elitist thing. Indeed, when I applied to attend TEDXZurich 2010 I was rejected;) Now, on the one hand, there are only so many seats to fill and of course in Zurich the demand is way too big, forcing a selection process. On the other hand, it was a real pleasure to meet the really nice TEDxZurich crew. I experienced them as being modest and highly dedicated people, who really enjoy organizing this even, without seeking the spotlight or giving the event an air of superiority...


The guys from picked up the talk and featured it:

1 comment:

PW said...

Appreciate the TED talk. Saw the study when it came out, great data for support. One comment I struggled with in your talk though:

“.....Probably not the result of a top down approach....not a conspiracy...”

If the "top" creates a system that they know will configure and grow itself in a certain way, particularly because they control the main mechanism through which it "runs" (fiat paper debt systems ), and control most of the information flow for 99% of the participants in the system including even overseeing almost all the education systems....and control the militaries and police forces and disarm the public, and spray aerosols in the air and genetically modify the food supply and people, it would seem the system becomes quite predictable?

The very tiny % of people that step out of line from the all day long droned official narrative of how life works are actually disposed of.

The "top" is not involved in pulling any gun triggers or laying waste to anyone's reputation directly by their own hands of course, they have people and systems in place for that. Systems so well conceived that the sheep pull triggers on one another to the amusement of their unseen "handlers". They sprinkle money where they want and the 8B less-then-coherent participants follow those crumbs quite predictably when they are in a perpetual state of fear.

When those same handlers run the military and police it takes a certain amount of pain for the herd to act unpredictably. We are at that point it seems though.

In the meantime, the system will simply be adjusted to have the masses achieve the desired results for the handlers, or by forcing that same conclusion by force if necessary, economic or cultural presssure type forces or simply guns, e.g. the world is down to only two nations that dare not paritcipate in the Rothschild centralized banking system - Iran and more Libya, Iraq, etc.). He who owns the money owns much it seems....

So yes, I am surprised by your comment for sure.

To the awakening.