time for some un-convention

It’s that time of year when purveyors of all shapes, sizes, persuasions and professions gather in select hotels and conference centres in snazzy cities around the globe to gather and get up to speed on the latest and greatest power pointed presentations.

For the small business owner, these opportunities are few and far between unless you have amazing clients willing to take you along for the ride (thank you amazing clients). So for us office bound self employed types who, even if they could get away, don’t have anyone to cover for them while they’re gone, thankfully, there’s the internet. Specifically, there’s TED, but more on him later.

Of course there are some local offerings which we shouldn’t overlook – but it usually involves a lunch in the ballroom of a local hotel. And if I do get to go out for lunch, that’s not my preferred venue – my money’s on The Blue Canoe. And the topics aren’t always terribly exciting. Unless you’re a facebook fan of the provincial ministry of finance’s new tax law. And I’m not. It’s pretty high task stuff.

A notable exception is the annual “It’s all about women” conference and gala being held this Saturday at the Prestige Inn. I am in awe of the women who work year after year (this is year six) to bring inspiration and recognition to the hundreds of women in Salmon Arm who work hard to keep this economy and this community ticking. So a special thank you to Coralie Tolley whose passion for this event is detailed in today’s Salmon Arm Observer.

Tickets are still available for the conference and the gala. Please, if you can, attend and support this worthy cause whose proceeds will benefit the SAFE society.

Back to TED now. When I go to a conference, I don’t want high task. I want high touch. I want to be inspired. I want to experience mind blowing concepts that make me reinvent my view of the world. It’s no easy task to convince a group of know-it-alls that there are things they knew nothing at all about that needed knowing. And that’s where TED comes in.

Their description of themselves from their website is here:

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

And typical of great organizations, they are awfully humble about the information they share on the internet for free. Here’s a sample of a few videos I viewed online this week. Mind blowing stuff. So turn off the TV and the all hits all the time radio stations and try this for a change:


or this:


and probably my favourite so far:


Spend some time with TED. It’s the beginning of a beautiful un-conventional friendship.


One Response

  1. […] out Louise’s  time for some un-convention (Jan. 26 2011). … When I go to a conference, I don’t want high task. I want high touch. I want […]

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