Date

Thursday November 18, 2010

Agenda

6:00 p.m. Registration and Networking

7:00 p.m. Best of TED

Introduction to Best of TED by Guest Curator, Paul Stromgren

Elizabth Gilbert: Neutering creativity at TED 2009

Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty at TED 2007

Laura Trice: Suggests we all say thank you at TED 2008

8:00 p.m. Discussion By Attendees

9:00 p.m. Close

Attendees and Venue

The social event was attended by 44 TEDxers and held at the Creative Arts Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, California, 90266 USA.

Discussion

These were the topics we discussed after watching the TEDTalks:

1. What did you think of the videos in general? What stood out for you?
2. Are you creative? Should we reserve the term for authors and artists the way Gilbert seems to?
3. How would you describe your own creative process: are you more of a “mule” or a “pipeline”?
4. Gilbert is saying that creativity is a hit or miss affair—the best we can do is show up and do our job and perhaps greatness will happen. Do you agree? What does “showing up” mean in your life?
5. Were you surprised by any of the data Rosling presented? Did he challenge your assumptions about development and poverty? As he is fond of saying: Does your mindset agree with his dataset?
6. Rosling has made the point that our basic world view is determined by the year our teachers were born. Where does our mindset come from? Is is really possible to change it?
7. Our last video was about saying thank you. Do you agree: do we not say thank you enough? Where in your life might you be more thankful?