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TEDGlobal 2012 will be held in Edinburgh, at the Edinburgh International Conference Center. Its beautiful main theatre, its foyer and its vast spaces, right in the middle of downtown, will be the central hub of TEDGlobal.
TEDGlobal has successfully taken place three times in Oxford (2005, 2009, 2010). We love the city and its great beauty and rich historical and cultural roots. We are proud of the events that we have been able to organize there, and grateful to all those who have helped us make them happen. However, the (lack of) infrastructure in Oxford was increasingly limiting our ability to develop TEDGlobal in new, imaginative ways. After an extensive analysis, we have found a fantastic venue, the Edinburgh International Conference Center (EICC) and have decided to make it the new home of TEDGlobal.
Yes, Davy.The TEDGlobal conference is a terrific coup indeed! Marvellous stuff. If only it wasn't so expensive to go to their events.
Yes, I was delighted to learn that Edinburgh got this conference. Cities get wet just thinking about landing something like this. The fact that TED chose Edinburgh is a clear demonstration of the city's intellectual standing.The TEDGlobal conference is a terrific coup indeed! Marvellous stuff.
Great thread. So much to be positive about.Yes, Davy.
It is expensive.
However, the people who can afford to go are effectively bankrolling the events. And this works to the advantage of the wider world. Thus, you, me and every other human being on this planet who has access to a computer can watch TEDtalks for free. TedTalks had achieved around 500 million views by June 2011, I believe. And some of these talks are very good indeed. Here is an example of an excellent speaker at TED:
Teacher of 'Big History'
I listened to a series of lectures on 'Big History' by Christian a couple of years ago which were magnificent. Bill Gates thought so too. So much so, that he wants every student to be taught 'Big History' in the coming years, and has charged the Gates Foundation with bringing this about.
You can watch Christian deliver a blinder of a lecture on 'Big History' here.
Gates explains why he wants to see students being taught 'Big History' here.
Yes, I was delighted to learn that Edinburgh got this conference. Cities get wet just thinking about landing something like this. The fact that TED chose Edinburgh is a clear demonstration of the city's intellectual standing.
As to why TED chose Edinburgh over Glasgow - who knows? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that when the following guy applied for a job at Glasgow University, he was told to **** off...
Applecross Inn, Applecross, Wester Ross
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation'The garden is inspired by science and mathematics, with sculptures and landscaping on these themes, such as Black Holes and Fractals. The garden is not abundant with plants, but sets mathematical formulae and scientific phenomenae in a setting which elegantly combines natural features and artificial symmetry and curves. The garden is private but usually opens on one day each year through Scotland's Gardens Scheme and raises money for Maggie's Centres, a cancer care charity named for Maggie Keswick Jencks, the late wife of Charles Jencks.' - Wikipedia
Given the success of TED, Due East, I think the problems you mention were bound to happen. TED is probably the most successful speaking platform in the world right now and so charlatans of every flavour are going to feel powerfully drawn to it. One sort of charlatan I most certainly don't want to see polluting TED is the 'Business Guru' - you know, the carefully-scrubbed spider that writes books of platitudinous pish for mediocre middle managers who fantasise about becoming CEOs and 'Masters of the Universe' - books like The Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun, Confucius in the Boardroom, If Aristotle Ran General Motors, and so on.Regarding TED - great news it came to Scotland. I think its getting up its own arse a bit though. A few too many charlatans with buzzwordy language seeping in - time for them to get back to basics a bit IMO.
Apparently the last wolve ever killed was in the Inverness area (Ceann Creag gu Inbhirs / Inverness to Kincraig) - despite their negative media image, I'd welcome the amazing animals back to our Highland landscape along with everyone else! They tend to kill less people than deer, less crashes!
Yes, NL. They're magnificent creatures.Apparently the last wolve ever killed was in the Inverness area (Ceann Creag gu Inbhirs / Inverness to Kincraig) - despite their negative media image, I'd welcome the amazing animals back to our Highland landscape along with everyone else! They tend to kill less people than deer, less crashes!