Off-Topic: TEDxTO

Somewhat off-topic post today, but I’m sure you’ll find it interesting nonetheless. If you are not familiar with TED Talks Events, then you better clear about 20 hours out of your internet surfing schedule to bookmark a new webpage:

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design (although it has expanded from there since it started in 1984), and it is a forum for the world’s greatest ideas that are worth spreading. Guests are invited to present “the speech of their lives” in 18 minutes, and recently they started publishing the videos on the internet. There have been some truly mind-boggling presentation. Below is a sample (you may have to click on the post title to view the embedded video on the website if reading this by email). After the sample video, there is an invitation to watch the live-streaming TEDxTO webcast which is happening THIS Thursday. (TEDxTO is a separately organized TED event hosted in Toronto.)

This sample TED Talks video is pretty interesting. The video’s description: “Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing.”

Here’s the invite from ING Direct:

We’re inviting you to get inspired and embrace ideas from TEDxToronto on September 10, 2009 via live feed at our Save Your Money Café.

What is TEDxToronto?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design)-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

The TEDxToronto event promises to be a riveting experience with 13 talented leaders, following the theme of “What’s Next?”

Some of the leaders speaking include:

Steven Woods – Google’s Vision for a Mobile Web
Google Canada Engineering Site Director

Richard St. John – Success is always asking ‘What’s Next?’
Success Analyst

Peter MacLeod – Imagining 2017 and Why it Begins Now
Principal, MASS LBP

Min Sook Lee – Raising My Toxic Baby
Writer, Director

For more information on TEDxToronto, visit

When is it?

The event will take place on September 10, 2009 starting at 11:30am EST.

Where can I watch it?

We’re inviting you to come and watch the live feed from the exclusive presentation from the comfort of our Save Your Money Café. While the event takes place in Toronto, ING DIRECT is a proud supporter of TEDx Toronto, as the lead sponsor for the Webcast and YouTube Channel.

Vancouver Save Your Money Café
8:30am – 4:00pm

466 Howe Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 2X1

Calgary Save Your Money Café
9:30am – 5:00pm

600 6th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 0S

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Preet Banerjee
Preet Banerjee an independent consultant to the financial services industry and a personal finance commentator. You can learn more about Preet at his personal website and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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  • Brian

    TED is a great site. It’s one of my lunch time fav’s.