[cross-posted at Swimming in Shallow Water]
I’m a bit behind the times – until recently, I had never seen a TED lecture.
TED stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design” and, at its core, it is a series of conferences that brings together “the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers” to give a wide variety of presentations. Videos of these presentations are available online at www.ted.com.
One video in particular has been doing the rounds in my artistic circles for quite a while: Ken Robinson on creativity.
I’ve watched it a couple of times now, and I think it’s a tremendously intelligent and important topic. (I wasn’t a huge fan of his comments about gender difference at the end, but nobody’s perfect.) It’s only 20 minutes long; I highly recommend that you set aside the time!
Watching it today, I was immediately reminded of the University of Calgary’s recent decision to merge the faculties of Communication and Culture, Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences into a single Franken-faculty.
Over the next little while, I’m going to work my way through the vast library of past TED talks, and I will post links to those that I find particularly compelling. I would love to start a conversation, so if anything sparks you in these videos, please feel free to comment!