TEDxNewYork is held at GreyNY, 200 Fifth Avenue. We meet every week (mostly) on Fridays now and (mostly) from 1-2pm. We are open to the public. If you want to attend, send a note to admin@tedxnewyork.com (that's Don McKinney & Chel O'Reilly) with your vitals. Our biggest limitation is space so give us plenty of notice and we'll do our best to accommodate. Hope to see you at one of our events soon.

Monday, January 26, 2009

TED Talk-ers aren't all talk...

I’m waxing romantic about the line-up of speakers.

Looking forward to an author’s talk in particular is a strange thing: I feel I know you, dear author, I’ve heard the voices in my head as if you were speaking to me and to me alone. And you don’t know me at all. Mr. Sacks and Ms. Roach, I swear I have not stalked you. I have just loved you intimately from afar. I read your books. I do have to apologize to Mary Roach though: I was broke in college when I read Stiff. Damn, it was good though.

Jill Tarter is going to be surreal. How does one get away with dreaming aloud such big crazy ideas? On second thought, why don’t we all? Crazy is a good way to get places sometimes. At least, there are many place we wouldn’t get to if we weren’t crazy…

The categories for the speakers laid out include “See” and “Predict”, which are all-male; “Understand”, “Discover” and The Prize itself are all female dominated. No judgment on that, I’m just noticing out loud.

I also have a list of people I’m really looking forward to see talk merely for their titles alone:
P. W. Singer, military analyst
Margaret Wertheim, figurer
Nathan Wolfe, virus hunter
Olafur Eliasson, sculptor of light and space (Full disclosure: I'm also a fan of Turrell's work with light as a medium from way back when I lived in AZ.)

The one job title that sounds slightly dull (with sincere apologies, sir): statistician.  But didn't I learn that economics is exciting from Hans Rosling?  Who would charm me with stats?  Nate Silver. YEAH, BABY! When the election was overwhelming and I was full of fear, I could curl up with his numbers like a baby with a blankie. A strange, geeky baby, but yes, I slept better basking in the intelligent warmth of his website.

More soon,

1 comment:

  1. Hey Chel, Shannon here posting under my old blogger ID, Squid. The speaker line-up is fab. I wouldn't know how to choose between Eliasson & Sacks, so hope they're on a panel. Don't miss Sarah Jones; she is exquisite! Good blogging,