Are you familiar with TED Talks? I can’t remember how I first heard of them. I started watching and listening to them a couple of years ago and have been really moved by a few of them. If you haven’t seen any of them, or have never heard of them, nearly everything is available at TED.com for absolutely free.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Their mission? Spreading ideas. As they say on their website:
We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. This site, launched April 2007, is an ever-evolving work in progress, and you’re an important part of it.
I think it is so incredible to see so many brilliant people getting together and sharing ideas. Who knows what seed might sprout from any of these sorts of talks or presentations. The potential is often tangible.
So when Ellen shared an update about a TEDx session all about curing type 1 diabetes, I was very excited.
This is happening on October 15th, 2011 in the San Diego, CA area. If you are local, the tickets to this daylong event are a very reasonable $100. There will be a full day of talks by the country’s leading researchers and clinicians addressing the cause, the most advanced treatments and ultimately a cure for diabetes.
I would love to go, but I don’t have the financial resources to pay for a flight and a couple of nights in a hotel.
If you’re reading this, and would like to sponsor this underemployed type 1 diabetes blogger, please let me know. (Hey – it’s worth a shot, right?)
Here’s a neat little video about the TEDx events.