TED not a recipe for ‘civilisational disaster’

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Chris Anderson talks to TED2013 speaker, Ron Finley, who got a ticket for planting a vegetable garden in South Central Los Angeles. Finley's talk has been viewed 1.6 million times, and inspired many to plant their own gardens. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Chris Anderson talks to TED2013 speaker, Ron Finley, who got a ticket for planting a vegetable garden in South Central Los Angeles. Finley’s talk has been viewed 1.6 million times, and has inspired many to plant their own gardens. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

This morning, The Guardian published this essay written by TED’s curator, Chris Anderson, in response to a column in the paper last week. In this essay, he dives into the misconception that TED Talks oversimplify complex subjects, and explains why we as a company are dedicated to the principle that knowledge should be shared.

Seven years ago when TED Talks debuted online, the blogosphere buzzed contentedly over this new free form of intellectual food. The Guardian itself once wrote an op-ed titled “In Praise of TED”. Today, with more than 2 million TED Talks viewed daily, some bloggers have discovered you can win a lot more clicks by going with “In Condemnation of TED”.

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