Ellen Cheng is the organizer of TEDxFactory798, and is also a recently appointed TEDx Ambassador in China. This is her experience from Wednesday, February 29th at TEDActive.
The surprise of TED today starts at the very beginning. The Lab session struck everyone with the most incredible power of science and technology. Regina Dugan shared her marvelous projects in DARPA and encouraged people to embrace nerds…The talk is not only about reasons and inspiration, but tells a perfect story of failure and achievement.
TED is about story. Absolutely TED today tells an splendid story. From the robot playing music, to Karen Bass’s amazing documentary; From Reid Hoffman’s deep thought over network and entrepreurship , to Mayor Eduardo Paes’s passions and real actions on creating a new city.
As all of TEDx organizers know that each TEDx also tell a story, and the TEDx community itself has been contributing to narrating this story. Lior Zoref, with his dream to speak at TED from TEDxTelAviv. He used social network to make his dream come true, ultimately with help from friends. The best part should be the ox weight experiment, and he used the crowd wisdom to get the right number.
While Lior Zoref’s point is to demonstrate the power of crowd — it reminds me of what we are going for TEDx. TEDx has been a fabulous crowd. I still remember what Chris Anderson said on the stage previously — TEDx has been growing so fast, it’s out of control, but loss of control should be the real point for TED.
But the biggest surprise is TEDPrize Winner: City 2.0. The magic of City 2.0 is it’s the perfect integration of the four sessions today: the lab, the earth, the crowd, and the city. It;s about the Lab of reinventing city, the Earth of greening city, the Crowd of caring city. And the most significant part of City 2.0 is its call for local community. The City 2.0 concept belongs to everyone who love and want to fully engage with own local community.
Gospel for Teens drew a full end for today. I laughed and cried and laughed again with them. It’s them who request again that story never ends.