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Government Video Website of the Week: TED

TED is an organization devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading,’ and it uses its website to support that policy

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” the group says. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, three subject areas that are “shaping the future,” the organization says. Each year, TED holds four-day conferences at which more than 50 speakers make presentations lasting 18 minutes each in order to showcase ideas from across disciplines.
The fast-paced format enables attendees and speakers from vastly different fields, according to TED. Past speakers includes the photographer Kristen Ashburn, who shared her photos of the human impact of AIDS in Africa; and educator Angela Lee Duckworth, who left a job in management consulting to teach math to seventh graders in a New York public school, and who formulated a theory of “grit” as a success indicator; or Julian Assange on why the world needs WikiLeaks.

The broadness of the speakers is to foster inspiration by cross-fertilization of ideas, according to the organization. That “is the magic of TED,” the group says. To attend a TED conference one has to apply, and if accepted, attendance fees can reach $7,500. However, for those who cannot afford to attend, the presentations are streamed online, and archived for later viewing. 

For using its website to provide ideas and proposals that can both inspire, or improve government services and programs, TED is Government Video’s Website of the Week.

Click here to access the website.