Where Artists and Inventors Plot to Save the World

New York Times reports on this year’s annual TED conference, named for the convergence of technology, entertainment and design— with a dash of social activism thrown in recently as well.  It is expected to draw 1,200 people to Monterey, Calif., starting Wednesday.

And the centerpiece of the program is now the TED Prize — an invention of Chris Anderson’s that is designed to motivate the conference’s well-heeled audience to do something socially useful. Three winners will each reveal a “world-changing wish” and challenge those attending to help fulfill it. This year’s winners are E. O. Wilson, the Harvard evolutionary biologist; James Nachtwey, a war photographer for Time magazine; and former President Bill Clinton.

Now Mr. Anderson is taking even more risks with the TED franchise. He has started making videos of the TED sessions available to watch or download on the Web free. And he has started a biennial TED Global conference that will be held in June at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

TED has flourished. Last month, 1,000 tickets for next year’s conference went on sale at $6,000 each, up from $4,400 this year. They sold out in a week.

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One Response to “Where Artists and Inventors Plot to Save the World”

  1. Activist Scott Says:

    I think you’re right about the activism helping. I remember hearing about it on the Activism Forums.

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