TED is a non-profit devoted to -Ideas Worth Spreading-. Started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: technology, entertainment, and design has notes an extraordinary popularity and attracted millions of audiences. It is owned by The Sapling Foundation, a private nonprofit foundation, established in 1996 by Chris Anderson, who was at that time a magazine publishing entrepreneur.
Along with two annual conferences: TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TED Global conference in Edinburgh UK each summer, TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
TED as a global and growing community with New York and Vancouver head offices, is of collaborative nature attracting advisors and contributors worldwide. They work with TED to shape TED conferences, TED Prize and TED website.
The goal of the foundation is to foster the spread of great ideas, by aiming to provide a platform for the world’s smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries and most-inspiring teachers. With this millions of people can gain a better understanding of the biggest issues faced by the world, and a desire to help create a better future. The essence of this initiative is the goal to believe that there is no greater force for changing the world than a powerful idea.
In this sense consider:
- An idea can be created out of nothing except an inspired imagination.
- An idea weighs nothing.
- It can be transferred across the world at the speed of light for virtually zero cost.
- And yet an idea, when received by a prepared mind, can have extraordinary impact.
- It can reshape that mind’s view of the world.
- It can dramatically alter the behavior of the mind’s owner.
- It can cause the mind to pass on the idea to others.
Many inspirational speeches and presentations from leading minds in the world have presented their passions, experiences and knowledge at TED
Here are some interesting posts on online education:
Richard Baraniuk on open-source learning
Advice to young scientist
Saving life on Earth
Self organizing computer course
Cousera – What we are learning from online education
Massive scale online collaboration
How we learn
100,000 student classroom
Web’s secret stories
… but you can always check by yourself and refine your search further.