I think the entire world knows about TED: Ideas worth spreading. In that strange way that things build up critical mass and approach a tipping point (my regards to Mr. Gladwell for the coining and popularisation of term that also reached its tipping point), it had a stellar year or two and now is getting criticism for having overplayed its hand and potentially not added all that much value.
I disagree. TED, at minimum, now has people talking more about the big things, about the wicked problems, and it’s opened up this forum that finds its foundations and aspirations in “systems thinking” and “cross-pollination” and the “interdisciplinary”. I think that’s a great thing.
However, I always like to take the corporate, the public, the vast, and make it personal, intimate, and individually-applicable. I’ve recently started taking notes everywhere (and on everything, the back of a documents, sticky pads, on paper coffee cups, napkins, etc.) on things that I think are worth talking about. Here are the five top ones for the month:
- Rehabilitation of the terms “hazing”, “hierarchy”, and “fear” (no, these are not random because yes, I believe them to be related)
- Living ethics versus talking ethics
- The pernicious replacement of polite with PC
- The Systemisation of Life As We Know It (capitalisation is deliberate)
- The Equilateral Life Triangle: Finding the balance between work, self, and the family
Obviously, some of these topics (#2 and #5) are not new, and some are not at all surprising (#3). But, I think there is still fresh ground to be churned up on it, and for other items (#1 and #4), I firmly believe there is simply ground that must be broken.
Any things that you have on your mind that you think are worth talking about?