TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design, and it is an annual conference with a mission to discuss "ideas worth spreading." It brings together a fascinating mix of technologists, politicians, academic researchers, business people, and celebrities.
The presentations, called TEDTalks, cover a range of topics that include science, art, design, culture, politics, and technology. The speakers are world-class leaders in their field. And because presenting at TED is the conference world's equivalent of performing at the Super Bowl, they bring their A game and do a great job.
So much happens at TED that it is hard to summarize. But this year, four broad trends seemed to ripple through the show:
Many of the TEDTalks are available free online (attending the show costs thousands of dollars). They are fascinating and well worth watching.
Steve King is a partner at Emergent Research , where he leads an ongoing research project to identify, analyze , and forecast the global trends and shifts that affect small business es . He blogs at smallbizlabs.com.