First Impression from TED: Crisis. What Crisis?

By February 05, 2009

I just arrived at the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) Conference ( I’m so excited ! This is supposed to be the Davos of Innovation. And, actually, a lot of the attendees were in Davos last week. Don’t they have a regular job? Just being difficult…The program is so exiting : Tim Berners Lee (the dad of the web), Bill Gates (the dad of the PC), Chris Anderson (the dad of the Long Tail), Al Gore (the dad of the Planet), among others. Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his project, "6 Billion Others." I have decided to do the lightest coverage one could do: just share a few feelings and thoughts with you, and see what’s going on. And I know a lot is going on. You are going to be frustrated.

First impression: crisis, what crisis? Everybody seems to be here for the 25th TED. From the Google guys, to Al Gore and a few regulars. At six thousand dollars per person…We are not really allowed to share the names of the attendees, but just so you know, they are all here.20And when I say all here, I am sitting next to them, talking to them. An amazing feeling to be in the place where, if something happens, it should be here. The IQ level per square foot is so High that even Einstein would feel like a dwarf.

We received a fabulous bag, full of gifts. We are having fabulous parties. The organization is really great. Google is giving us free food. What’s wrong here? Do they ignore the crisis, or are the very privileged, supposedly smart people who are attending this going to explain us what’s going on?

As Bill Gates puts it in his presentation: I will be optimistic. I feel like I have a few reasons to be: the quality of the content and the people I am going to meet…but not for the situation of our planet. So, stay tuned!

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