Wednesday, February 16, 2011
TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline across all mediums. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Gooall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck, Bono, Nandan Nelikani, Shekhar Kapur, Srivatsa Krishna, Harsha Bhogale, C.K.Prahalad, and Shashi Tharoor.
“Youth@Young Leaders of Tomorrow” which no surprise, will celebrate young people and feature a lot of old people talking about what young people ought to do, or as the organisers put it “create a platform for current day leaders from diverse fields to engage with the next generation to collaborate and promote an exchange of ideas”. The speaker list includes such middle-aged folk as chef Rahul Akerkar, media maven Suhel Seth, UTV head Ronnie Screwvala, Times Now editor Arnab Goswami and US Consul General Paul Folmsbee with just one or two token under 30s, like writer Fatima Bhutto, who along with WPP head Martin Sorrell, will speak via pre-recorded video clips. And like the first TEDx in our city, there will be an application process for the audience, who have to fill in this form and describe their career goals in under 100 words if they want to nab one of 200 spots.