Every year, in Monterey California, a 'group of remarkable people gather to exchange ideas of incalculable value'. This conference called TED (Technology Entertainment Design) covers a broad variety of topics including science, technology, economics, arts and many more.
The very exclusive event ($6000 to attend the annual conference and receive a couple of DVDs) recently released some videos of the talks held during the conference. The amazing talk below (video) was given by Hans Rosling, professor of international health at Sweden's world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, a non-profit organization that brings vital global data to life.
If like me you were amazed by the charts shown in this video, you should be delighted to know that the tools used to create them are available to the public here . They are very easy to use and help understand how our economic world evolved during the last 30 years. These tools were developed by Gapminder and have been bought by Google in late March.
Each year TED honors up to three individuals who have shown that they can, in some way, positively impact life on this planet.
This year's TED conference awarded $100,000 to Bill Clinton for his foundation building a rural health care system for Rwanda, the Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson for his work on the 'Encyclopedia of Life' and the photographer James Nachtwey for his work on "a story that the world needs to know about" (no more information here, everyone involved in the project had to sign an NDA). TED previously rewarded Bono, Edward Burtynsky and Robert Fischell.
Next year's TED conference will take place between February 27 and March 1, 2008. The speaker lineup will be released towards the end of the year. Start saving the $6000 now and sign up here .
For more information, go to www.ted.com and www.gapminder.org
To see other TED videos, go to http://www.ted.com/tedtalks