Most of you should have heard of TED before. If you haven’t, you are missing out. TED is just about the single best thing the internet has ever had (well maybe not as good as lolcats…). The core concept behind TED is to get together at a conference all the movers and shakers of today, the people who have ideas worth spreading, the people who will change the world. It is an annual conference and it is going on right now (actual tickets to the event cost some abhorrent amount but thats ok, the video footage will eventually make its way onto the web).
So why mention this now? Well TED is on its second day and a special event happens at this time. Three of the presenters at the conference are selected to win the TEDPrize. The prize includes a large grant and aid in helping these winners to try and accomplish their projects and help change the world. Past winners have included such prestigious programs as: ONE, Once upon a school, Pangea Day, Charter for Compassion, XDRTB.org and one of my personal favourites The Encyclopedia of Life Project.
This year the winners are set to be:
Sylvia Earle, called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and “Hero for the Planet” by Time, is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration.
Astronomer Jill Tarter is Director of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute’s Center for SETI Research, and also holder of the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI. She has devoted her career to hunting for signs of sentient beings elsewhere, and almost all aspects of this field have been affected by her work.
The gulf between the rich and the poor in Venezuela is one of the worst in the world. Dr. José Antonio Abreu, a retired economist, trained musician, and social reformer founded El Sistema (”the system”) in 1975 based on the conviction that all Venezuelan kids can benefit from participating in classical music. After thirty years and 10 different political administrations, El Sistema is now a nationwide organization of 102 youth orchestras, 55 children’s orchestras, and 270 music centers.
You can join me and watch these TED prize winners give their winning speeches online TODAY at 5pm PST. That translates to 11am Brisbane time for me. Make sure you tune in here: