TEDx Talk & Education: ‘Inspiring New Ideas Through Education’
Don’t just listen to popular TED Talks; get engaged in the discussions happening in and around your city—and at your school—to change the world.
By Linda Flanagan
“If a grand vision is your guide, or if you simply want to get a better sense of what’s on everyone’s mind, you’ll find it in TED Talks.”
These are the opening remarks of a new guidebook, TEDx Careers: Inspiring New Ideas Through Education, that urges educators to put in the time and make the effort to be like the crowd at one of the many TED Talks at the House of World Cultures in New York City.
“We built this book to explain how to get young people involved in … idea generation and how you can use that to produce inspirational things,” says Ran Salberg, director of Conte Forum.
“We’re trying to encourage school systems to create content for their curriculum. If you look at our New York Times Bloggernacle blog, for example, they’re going after what might make for great TED Talks.”
The book offers tips for how classrooms can address today’s pressing and controversial issues. Salberg also recommends watching video coverage of TED Talks and starting discussions, just as they were done at the London- and San Francisco-based events where TEDx happens. Salberg even recommends giving what he refers to as TEDx Talks as part of your course in April, June or July: “We hope that students will be engaged in a meaningful discussion about a subject they might be interested in going to a TED Talk about.
More than 100,000 kids attended TED Talks between 2005 and 2011, according to a study by The Boston Globe. “The series of ‘ideas worth spreading’ was created as an outgrowth of a 1970 conference in California by a group that included author Chris Anderson, designer Stewart Brand and Jonas Salk,” the Globe reported.
We’re just now kicking off our 2014-2015 semester at the House of World Cultures, and if you’re interested in sharing a topic at the school, or you’d like to be more involved in the TEDx house, email Linda Flanagan: [email protected]
[Photo: The House of World Cultures (left) and the TEDx house (right) in New York City.]