by Dan Oshinsky on October 31, 2012
“Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is at hand.” —Henry Miller
I had the privilege of going to a TED event last Friday. It was fantastic. Colin Powell gave a talk. So did a guy who marched with MLK. And an opera singer who’s had two lung transplants.
It was an inspiring day. TED promises to deliver “Ideas Worth Spreading,” and Friday most certainly did.
But that’s not what made the biggest impression on me.
No, what made the biggest impression was a conversation I had with a teacher out in the hallway between talks.
It’s a shame, he told me. We’re seeing all these great talks, but what will come from all of this?
And he’s absolutely right. Ideas worth spreading are great, but ideas aren’t worth much.
It’s the action behind them that matters.
What I’d like to see are more TED events that lead to action. Let’s get 10 speakers on the stage to pitch big ideas, and then let’s get the community behind TED to actually make something happen with one or two of the ideas.
“Ideas Worth Spreading” is good.
“Ideas Worth Doing” would be even better.
That photo at top comes via @emtier.