Blog  Pattern Language

TEDGlobal 2011: Day 3

Here's the third full day of the conference. Another solid group of speakers.

Blog  Pattern Language

The "Stuff" in the Stuff of Life

Pre-conference TEDGlobal is in the books, the first session is near, and after days of wondering what the “stuff” in this year’s Stuff of Life theme could mean, I may have a start. Thinking about stuff automatically includes thinking about things. And indeed we are fond of our stuff: computers, cars, Saturday jeans, running shoes, and whatever other objects you value. But the stuff of life is not only objects (and besides, you can’t have a four-day conference only about things). The Stuff of Life is actually the stuff in life—inspiration and disappointment, marriage and divorce, life and death.

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TEDGlobal 2010: It's a Wrap

Six days after the curtains dropped on 2010’s TEDGlobal conference and I’m still sifting through the ideas heard and contacts made in Oxford. After a deep breathe, we now turn our attention to a special TED issue of design mind, one that will try to capture the spirit of the “And Now the Good News” theme, while also taking a deeper dive into some of the ideas we heard from the many interesting speakers.

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WikiLeaks at TED Global

Is Julian Assange a troublemaker or hero?

Julian Assange of WikiLeaks just left the stage in Oxford, where he was interviewed by TED’s Chris Anderson. During the interview we saw footage of American helicopter soldiers shooting an unarmed group of men, among which included a Reuters photographer. The video was leaked to Assange from what he said was “a number of military whistleblowers” and published on the Internet. One question Anderson asked that I thought poignant: “Is Assange a dangerous troublemaker or a hero?” Most everyone in the audience raised their hand for the latter. Only a few for the former. 

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Different by Design

Monday night's TED Salon in London

“There will be very little volcano talk tonight,” said TED's European Director Bruno Giussani, kicking off Monday night's TED Salon at the Unicorn Theatre in London. The theme of the evening: “Different by Design.” 
Like most events in London, the Salon — organized with TEDGlobal partner frog design — had been disrupted by the Icelandic volcano that had been spewing ash for the previous three days, forcing speakers, performers, attendees and one of our co-hosts to cancel their trips. They were all replaced, and 250 people filled the theatre. The aim of Monday's Salon: to create an island of normalcy.

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2010’s Must Attends

A look at our favorite conferences for the spring and summer seasons.

Despite winter’s continued icy grip, conferences are blooming. Over the next few months you can fill up on media tactics, mobile tech trends, social innovation strategies, and more. There isn’t an open weekend until August. Here are our must-attend, most-tweetable events for the spring and summer seasons. We’ll see you at a few.

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New design mind issue Launches with TED Salon in London

TED Curator Chris Anderson – who had 844,821…wait 844,833 followers the last time we looked – tweeted about it yesterday, and we’re thrilled that the word is now out about the new special TEDGlobal edition of our design mind magazine, “The Substance of Things Not Seen."

We officially unveiled the new issue on Monday with an intimate TED Salon ("More Substance of Things Not Seen") with 120 TEDsters and friends at the Unicorn Theater in London. Hosted by Bruno Giussani, TED’s European director, and Sam Martin, editor-in-chief of design mind, the evening featured three TED Talks.

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Countdown to the “The Substance of Things Not Seen”

Yep, today is the big day, and we’re thrilled to present our most ambitious and heftiest design mind magazine so far – and a very special one indeed. The new issue is devoted exclusively to the TEDGlobal 2009 conference (the twin conference of the annual TED conference in Long Beach) that took place this past July in Oxford, England, with the theme “The Substance of Things Not Seen.”

It is the first time a publication was invited to fully cover a TED conference: In collaboration with the TEDGlobal speakers and attendees, frog’s designers, technologists, and writers produced art, essays, and interviews that translate the conference’s theme into a rich magazine, trying to make visible “The Substance of Things Not Seen.”

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The Substance of Things Editorial

Paddington Bear

Giddy. That’s the best word to describe the design mind editorial team as we gathered in London’s Paddington Station to take the train to Oxford this past July for the TEDGlobal conference. Jacob Zukerman, intrepid art director, Tim Leberecht, stalwart publisher, and yours truly, worried editor, were meeting Antonia Ward, our British guide and local wordsmith, at the statue of Paddington Bear (pronounced “bare” in American English and “bey-ah” in Antonia’s UK English — yes, we’d already given each other plenty of good-natured guff over our accents).

One might expect there to be a statue of Paddington Bear in Paddington Station — the bear has been a popular literary character for English kids for generations — though one cannot be sure why, other than the similarity in name. What one would not expect is for the bear to be so small and so tucked away behind a partition, divorced from the main concourse, almost hidden under the nearby escalator. Did the sculptor botch the job? Did Michael Bond, the man who created Paddington Bear in 1958, have a falling out with executives at London metro? And indeed why is Paddington Bear in Paddington Station? Could it really be as obvious as the name, or is there more to the story?

Such is the inquisitive mind of a reporter, which was exactly what I was there to do, what we were all there to do — to investigate all sides of the TEDGlobal conference, onstage and off, find speakers to interview, parties to attend, ideas to chew on, and friends to make. In short, we were there to take part in the very theme of the conference, “The Substance of Things Not Seen” — and then figure out a way to mash it up into words and pictures for the next issue of design mind.

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15 Seconds of Silence

The last speaker at TEDGlobal, Franciscan monk Brother Paulus Terwitte, described how at the previous night’s party he was having a conversation with another TED attendee that was suddenly interrupted when the other person’s cell phone rang, upon which he excused himself and left. Brother Paulus waited for a few minutes, “but he never came back.”

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