There are many resources for conversation and discussion available to us via the internet and other social media.  In the history of the world and of the church the tools of social media, i.e. missionaries, Roman roads, ships, printing press, telegraphs, telephones, trains, planes, computers,you get the drift, messages have been shared and have inspired life.  In the more recent history TED conferences have been bringing voices from all walks of life and ideas to a single forum.  As we look toward resources for our own conversations these short talks may offer a glimpse into different perspectives that will encourage our own ability to engage in new and renewing conversation.  Below you can find more general info about the origin and intent of TED.

disclaimer: the talks that are shared here do not represent the opinions or ideas of the leadership of the Moravian Church Northern Province.  They are presented by people whose backgrounds, opinions and perspectives may be different and are only opportunities to begin conversations.

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

The two annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Edinburgh, Scotland, bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).

On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 900 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.”

(reposted from http://www.ted.com/pages/about )


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