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TED Talks Go to TV

TED, the international conference of big ideas, and even bigger names, has opened it’s archive for broadcasters all over the world to use for free. Previously TED talks, filmed at the ultra exclusive TED conferences, were only available via the website (prior to 2007 they were only available by actually being there.) Find out where TED Talks are currently being broadcast here.

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.

One of the biggest critiques against TED has always been that it’s exclusivity was elitist. This move (especially when coupled with the TED Prize and Fellows program) eviscerates that argument and truly shows that the people behind TED are committed to not just getting people thinking about changing the world, but actually getting people to put their money where their minds are to change it.

In full disclosure, I’m a TED Senior Fellow which means I’ve been to two TED conferences and spoken at both and I’ll be going to a few more over the next few years. I also co-organized TEDxKampala last year and TEDxMission a few weeks ago in San Francisco.

Above Sir Ken Robinson talks about how schools kill creativity in one of the most popular TED talks of all time.

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