TED Weekends

Okay, stop me if it feels like things are getting pushed just a little too far, but the Huffington Post now has a featured called [TED Weekends][]. The blurb in the lower part of the lefthand column reads: “TEDWeekends will highlight some of today‚Äôs most intriguing ideas and allow them to develop in real time through your voice!” Sorry, but I’ve seen the [TED discussions on LinkedIn][] — and that’s why this feels like the push too far — and it’s really very much a producer-consumer dynamic: you little people can talk among yourselves. I have never seen any of the TED authors or even any of the TED staff show up in any of those discussions.

Make no mistake, there is some great content on TED, but how long can you milk Ken Robinson’s “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” And this is from someone who came across it the same year the video was published and has used it in his classes ever since.

This feels, in this moment, a lot like the FoodNetwork, which made a small list of chef/personalities famous but hasn’t really been able to grow beyond that moment. In part, in the case of FoodNetwork, one has the sense that they can’t quite figure out what worked so well in the first place and so they can’t quite give up their first stars. They may have gotten past this, in part, with their, televised even, search for their next stars, which had produced a limited cast of useful characters. And Guy Fieri.

And so maybe the question is who will be TED’s Guy? Because when they find him, we’ll know it’s time.

[TED Weekends]: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tedweekends/
[TED discussions on LinkedIn]: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=138801&trk=group-name

[Simon Sinek](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp0HIF3SfI4) has a great TedTalk about what it takes to lead as an individual or as a company — essentially by focusing on “why” instead of “what.”

TED Linked-In Discussions

Those readers on Linked-In already know that the site/service/socialwhatever has grown its own Facebook-like dimensions, one of which are public discussions about ideas. The great thing about Linked-In’s versions of these things is that they really can be about the ideas — okay, it’s Linked-In and so there is also some self-promotion that happens (really, people, lead with ideas and others will follow you through them). A recent discussion in the TED group has been “If you had the opportunity to talk at TED, what would you speech be about and why?” There is an overwhelming number of responses, but they are quite interesting.

What would I talk about? These crazy boats I am writing about and the amazing men who make them. About the creativity to be found among otherwise, and only seemingly, ordinary people.