Category Archives: TED2006

Posts from the 2006 Technology, Entertainment and Design conference in Monterey, CA.

Green is the New Black

Majora Carter is the founder and executive director of Sustainable South Bronx. She takes the stage, wearing a “Green the Ghetto” t-shirt and tells us that sustainability and environmental justice are achievable goals in urban areas. She comes from a … Continue reading

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Jamais Cascio fixes the future

Jamais Cascio has a tough act to follow, but he’s perfectly qualified to address the last session’s topic, “The Future We Will Create”. As the co-founder and senior correspondent for Worldchanging.com, he (we, as I’m a correspondent and chairman of … Continue reading

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Thomas Dolby blinds us all

Thomas – not Tom – Dolby provides the intersession music for TED as the official musical director. He tells us that, ever conference, a TEDster corners him and asks when he’s going to play “his song”. So we get a … Continue reading

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Gregory Colbert, on behalf of the elephants

Gregory Colbert is the photographer and videographer behind Ashes and Snow, a remarkable exhibition of three films and over 100 large photographs of animals, hoping to inspire a magical and inspirational view of nature. The show, hosted in a set … Continue reading

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Dance, Sir Ken Robinson, dance!

Sir Ken Robinson’s website tells us he’s a “World Renowned Expert on Innovation and Creativity”. His focus today is on education and creativity. If you tell people you work in education, they run away rather than having to talk to … Continue reading

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Aubrey de Grey doesn’t want you to die

Introducing Aubrey De Gray, Chris Anderson does something a bit unusual, making it clear that De Gray is an extremely controversial thinker, sometimes dismissed as being unscientific. He goes on to explain that DeGray believes that people could live to … Continue reading

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Ursus Wehrli tidies up art

Ursus Wehrli is a Swiss comedian and the author of “Tidying Up Art”, an attempt to bring (Swiss?) rationality to modern art. He begins with a quilt-like work by Paul Klee. “It’s a confusion of color. The artists doesn’t really … Continue reading

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Nat Irvin and the Thrivals

Nat Irvin is a futurist, and the son of a baptist preacher. He wonders why we have such a hard time talking about race in the context of the future. Specifically, the invites us to think about our vision of … Continue reading

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Helen Fisher , scanning for love

Helen Fisher is an anthropologist who focuses on issues of gender, sex and romantic love. She and her team recently did MRI scans on people in love – married couples, and people who had been recently dumped and were still … Continue reading

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Julia Sweeney is a reasonable woman

Julia Sweeney is an actress who has a one-woman show, “Letting Go of God”. She gives us the first 18 minutes of the show, which, unfortunately for me, overlaps pretty neatly with the stretch of the show she did on … Continue reading

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