Recently I’ve been enjoying the TED podcasts. It struck me that TED has certain values that permeate all the speakers, topics, and audiences.
- Keen to learn from others.
- Keen to share with others.
- Keen to genuinely partner.
If you don’t have an interest in what others have developed and learnt then I think you start the day in a more difficult place. Equally if you’re not prepared to share in relevant and inspiring ways your learning and passions then you will be limited in what you can achieve.
These aren’t just principles for TED, of course. They’re valid guidelines for any time you choose to step out into the world. It would be fabulous if people who were willing to commit to these three simple ideas had a special hat or a badge they could wear. Then we wouldn’t have to waste our time while looking for those who care about their work and those around them – who we could genuinely partner with together.
[TED is a conference that started out (in 1984) as a small conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader, and developed hundreds of local versions around the world. Mostly, it’s a culture of connecting interesting ideas and the people who have the guts to share them. Sometimes people at TED even follow these imperatives!]