welcome TED to #kidmin

welcome TED. we’re glad you’re here.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference and first began in 1984 when founder Richard Saul Wurman wanted to throw the world’s best dinner party.

how TED became the new harvard is a fascinating new article in the latest fast company magazine, and of course has me wondering how TED will affect the future of children’s ministry conferences.

maybe you’ve seen jamie oliver’s TED talk, or elizabeth gilbert on nurturing creativity, or malcolm gladwell on spaghetti sauce, and maybe while watching you wondered why learning isn’t always this simple and effective. it’s without doubt that TED is paving the way for new forms of learning and collaborating.

the key to TED’s success are the simple yet distinctive design rules that wurman created:

1. a single track of programming: wurman says, “they think people want choice, but the people talking at the break don’t have a common memory and all feel they went to the wrong session.”

2. no Q & A: wurman’s logic, “out of the first 20 questions you get, 19 are either speeches or bad questions.”

3. 18 minute-talk length: wurman says 15 minutes would be trivial, too short. and if you said 20, people would talk for 25.

i love most everything about children’s ministry conferences, and as both a regular conference attendee and conference creator, i’m curious to see how we’ll follow TED’s lead.

what do you think? how will TED affect children’s ministry conferences? and the better question: how do we want TED to affect conferences?

One response to this post.

  1. There’s a great post about how to give your own Ted-talk at http://blog.ted.com/2010/08/11/7-steps-to-your-own-tedtalk-fastco


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