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The TEDGlobal conference is going on this week in Oxford, England, and I’m wishing I was there.  Another thing to add to my bucket list!  It doesn’t take much for me to wish I was abroad.  Getting excited about about travelling is nothing new, but anyone who knows me well would agree that this event sounds right up my alley — intellectually engaging, a variety of great topics, and located in historical Oxford.  When I was living and working in London for a summer, I visited my friend Emily in Oxford where she was studying for the summer.  I’ve only seen it during the summer, which must be relatively calm compared to other bustling times of the year, but it struck me as a perfect place for learning and contemplation…

In case, you don’t know anything about TED yet, the best part (for those of us not in attendance) is that they make all the speeches given available online within 24 hours of the speech.  There’s also a spot on the website to follow tweets using #TED.

“TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year’s TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.”  For more information, click here.

Check out the program to see the line of speakers. I’m looking forward to watching: 

  • Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO
  • Daniel Pink, author and career analyst
  • Paulus Terwitte, a Capuchin monk

Two of my past favorite speeches are Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity and  Sir Ken Robinson on how schools kill creativity.

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