Inspired from the Morse Code, co-invented by Samuel Morse, a Yale graduate.
TED = Technology Entertainment and Design
TED grants licenses to third parties to hold free TEDx events in cities around the world. These one-time only licenses are free, but franchisees must be approved by TED and agree to adhere to a strict set of rules including format, duration, limiting the number of invited guests to 100 people and agreeing that half day events show "A minimum of two official, pre-recorded TEDTalks" and that all-day events "at least 25% of the total number of talks must be official, pre-recorded TEDTalks." Speakers are not paid and they must agree to give TED the right to edit and distribute their presentation. According to TED these franchised events were "created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level...TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis." As of 2010, some 750 TEDx events are scheduled to happen in over 60 countries.--wikipedia.com
If any of you happen to miss some of the speakers at the latter half of TEDxYale, and if they actually put them at good resolution online (http://www.justin.tv/tedxyale, I was told this is not a great stream), I recommend the following talks by:
1) Rebecca Ringle - music & neuroscience
2) Keith Chen - languages & behavioral economics
3) David Bolinsky - medical illustrator
4) Brad Rosen - privacy laws
5) Bob Casey - http://www.yourenew.com/
6) LaTisha Campbell - being a radical
7) Vikram Mansharamani - 'foxy' thinking, on being a generalist
8) Sarah Parcak - an exemplary of TED's belief in twists of fate
9) Yael Zinkow - a jewel among them all =)
Enjoyed myself thoroughly. Even though there were more logistical problems than I would have hoped for, I think it's a commendable effort on a first at Yale. Looking forward to listening to more exciting "ideas worth sharing".