On March 4th, TED.com launched a redesigned website which is a wonderful source for rational and irrational lectures. TED has offered thought-provoking lectures since its online launch in 2004. Now it offers software to let you build a list of lectures you would like to view later. Posting to Social media is simpler and the formatting has been enhanced so you can view from your tablet or phone. TED is a force to be reckoned with. For homes that have no television, quality lectures are now available without the intrusion of mainstream advertising and unsuitable programming.
On March 9th, Rabbi and Rebbetzin Teitelbaum opened their home to the Sherman Oaks community with a delightful Chanukat Habayit. Apart from the peaceful garden setting and delicious foods, they transformed their dining room into a screening room where Rabbi Mendy Rubenfeld spoke at length about the age of Moshiach and signs from the world that miraculous changes are happening. Unsurprisingly, the presentation was built on the lectures the Rabbi found on TED.com.
Rabbi Rubenfeld explained that he has used TED for many years and turns to it as a source of clarification and representation of essential values and new thinking. “Initially my brother- in-law told me about it and I went there and I started to watch things and I didn’t like what I saw but later when I did more research I realized that this is a tremendous resource because there are so many ideas. I know now how to find things that I want to learn about. And there are so many Israeli inventions!”
“Great creativity is astonishingly, absurdly, rationally, irrationally powerful” Andy Hobsbawm, TED.com Do The Green Thing.
The newly designed site additionally offers “TED.com/surprise me” software that lets the user pinpoint the discipline that interests them, including categories “Beautiful” and “Jaw Dropping”, “Inspiring” and “Persuasive”. Then you choose the length of presentation that suits your schedule from five minutes to 60 minutes.
Rabbi Rubenfeld explained, “I need world sources. TED provides that because they open a platform for cutting edge thinkers. It’s not just a summary of events that have happened but a presentation of things that will happen in the near future. What’s unfolding in the world right now. It’s precise. It’s a great resource for what I need.”
TED.com has grown from an intriguing site for new ideas into a leading resource center and is proudly a not-for-profit whose most popular lectures reach more than a million viewers. The sites is translated throughout the world and has had a profound success on the way communities and family’s research, converse about and maintain inspiration.
“When you look at the Moon, you think, ‘I’m really small. What are my problems?’ It sets things into perspective. We should all look at the Moon a bit more often,” Alain de Botton, TED.com Atheism 2.0.
While the site is not Jewish owned, the length of a TED talk is a meaningful 18 minutes; appropriate for presenters who are passionate about their unique connection to living, to life and to lifestyle. TED is an easy access free website that spreads ideas through charismatic, eloquent, polished presenters. It’s a wonderful addition to the other free education sites including Khan Academy, Writers Village University, wimp.com, youtube and more.
“Very many people go through their whole lives having no real sense of what their talents may be, or if they have any to speak of,” Ken Robinson,TED.com, Bring on the Learning Revolution.
The new TED.com has additional information that enables the interested viewer to extend their understanding of the given subject by inspiring reading lists and other resources posted by the presenters. The relaunch of the site advances the way the site is used.
“The next time you’re faced with something that’s unexpected, unwanted and uncertain, consider that it just may be a gift.” Stacey Kramer, TED.com, The Best Gift I Ever Survived
Mainstream media bombards us with negative events that are happening in the world. If there is no blood, the event receives little exposure. On the other hand, TED presents new phenomena that have global possibilities with positive, fresh ideas. From education, to science, medicine to spirituality, TED.com now reaches to the farthest corners of the earth with the strongest connectivity and is successfully broadcasting the paradigm shifts of today’s most creative thinkers.
“Kids should not have to leave their community to live, learn and earn in a better one.” Stephen Ritz, TED.com. A Teacher Growing Green in the South Bronx.