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.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

TEDxNewYork 5/14/09


  1. Today's discussion... various insights from around the room... This was perhaps one of the most on-topic discussions we've had since the start of our TED salons here at Grey.... I think some of the biggest observations today were the value of "showing up to do the work" with the hope that inspiration will come, though showing up regardless is key... [Some ways to do that include National Novel Writing Month and February Album Writing Month]

    Funny that some said Ms. Gilbert was obviously nuts (but, you know, in the nice way) when I thought she was Very Reasonable. But do I admit that out loud in the room full of co-workers who I'd prefer thought of me as sane? Nah. I give it permanent record, here.

    People seemed to agree that the safety of not entirely owning an idea was not just a good thing, but a true thing, in the advertising world, since so many hands go into a project. (Correct me if I misunderstand/incorrectly restate your meanings, dear colleagues.)

    We did wander into a discussion of brands and what that means, or how brands ally themselves with an idea, or than an idea can be brand too-- which brings us to Ze Frank (link, above, because the embed code was kicking like a toddler that won't. get. in. the. damn. carseat.) In Ze Frank's 'Jon Benet' episode of The Show he gives his thoughts on the definition of a brand. It's pretty insightful, almost as if this comedian/artist has a degree in a hard science from an Ivy League school or something...

    We had guests from out-of-agency today, and are looking forward to more (and again) as these continue.

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