The Low Down Four Things You Didn’t Know About TED Talks Published 3 months ago on Nov 15, 2018 By Will Gardner TED Talks are powerful influencers in our world’s changing pace. Innovators and thought leaders come together to inspire the minds and alter the hearts of viewers worldwide. Though you’ve probably seen a TED Talk or two, there’s a lot you probably didn’t know about the platform. The Creator’s Name Isn’t ‘Ted’ Richard Saul Wurman, entrepreneur and winner of the Smithsonian Lifetime Achievement award, was the man to actually come up with the idea of TED. He was tired of the traditional conference format and decided a more authentic platform was needed. The Society for News Design Wurman teamed up with fellow entrepreneur Harry Marks to embark on the TED project. It actually stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. The First TED Talk Dates Back To 1984 TED is a lot older than most people realize. Some of the biggest entrepreneurs and innovations of the digital age were presented first at TED. CEO Magazine Sony gave a talk on their first “compact disc digital audio,” a.k.a. the CD-ROM, while LucasFilms showcased innovative advances in 3-D graphics. Steve Jobs even attended in 1984. He brought three of the first Macintosh computers the world had ever seen. Chris Anderson Modernized TED In 2001 Richard Wurman sold TED to a budding innovator Chris Anderson. Many were skeptical about the continuation of TED under a new owner, but Anderson made several changes that helped the platform explode. BoingBoing In 2006 TED started posting presentations online, at a time when free content was unheard of. This made TED incredibly popular among the masses. Anderson was then able to launch TED Global and TED Prize, and TEDx, and turn the private enterprise into a nonprofit organization. You Can Apply To Speak At TED Unlike most speaking platforms, TED is open to anybody who wants to apply. However, they choose very select speakers based on open-ended criteria. VoidLive To be a TED speaker, you have to have much more than a cool idea or a neat product. They choose speakers based on the following three questions: 1) Does the speech challenge worldviews and give a fresh perspective? 2) Is the solution unique, and does it provide hope? and 3) Does it end on an inspirational note, prompting viewers to make a difference? UP NEXT Sci-fi Movies That Still Have Audiences Baffled... Related Topics:businessinnovationinspirationaltechnologyTED TalksTEDxtrending Up Next Sci-fi Movies That Still Have Audiences Baffled Don't Miss A New Trailer Gets Viewers Pumped Up For True Detective Season 3 Continue Reading You may like Elementary Schooler’s Cover of “Imagine” Brings Parents to Tears This Floating Nation Is Coming In 2020… But You Won’t Believe How Much It Costs Can You Tell When Someone’s Lying To You Over Text? 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