Sunday, May 6, 2012

Ideas Worth Spreading: Thoughts from #TEDTalentSearch

Borrowed from Tom and Jerry Free Games
I pride myself in being one of the most randomnest Kenyans in the world. So when Ida Ng'ang'a from XpertUs gave us - me and legion of thought - a random call on Friday afternoon, inviting us to the TED Talent Search, we jumped at the opportunity like Tom on Jerry. 

In case you have no idea what TED's all about, here's a brief eye-opener from the gods of all things knowledge. 

Wikipedia: TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate "ideas worth spreading."
Google Search result: (www.ted.comTED | Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world. 
The talent search, on Saturday 5th May, promptly began at 5:00pm at the Braeburn High School, Lavington Suburb. Only 4 days earlier, Kenyan blogger Brenda Wambui had monologued on her twitter timeline, talking about Nairobi as the Silicon Savannah:

This right here is an idea damn well worth sharing. For free, at least for the blogger's perspective. How much it's gonna be worth for you to implement, however, is for you and your legion of thought.

The event clashed with an array of other worthwhile initiatives, including, but not limited to: the Bloggers' Association of Kenya Awards at the Serena Hotel, the reloaded Night of a Thousand Laughs, and as one tweep noted, social conversations with fellow drivers stuck in traffic that rainy evening.

Kicking off the ideas was one of the TED talent search guys  [whose name I did not quite get; the brilliant @Ngendow would, however]. He talked about how TED started based on Technology, Entertainment and Design, but has now grown into the undisputed best source of ideas worth not only spreading, but brilliantly executed in implementation. My words; he was too modest to actually say what he no doubt already knows.

In line with all the inspiration that night drudged up for me and many of my friends present, I'm doing 24 short posts this week; thoughts on the ideas generated from one action-parked night at Ted@Nairobi, that began here:

checked in here:

and ended thus:

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