Live from TED – reporting from Long Beach

Have you seen the commercial for “The Most Interesting Man in the World?” Imagine what it would be like if he decided he wanted to spend a week with all the runner-ups to that title, and you get a sense of what the TED conference is like.  In fact, that’s exactly what the conference organizers had in mind when they created this event: bring together the most interesting minds in the world, and charge them with two tasks:

1. Give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less

2. Change the way people think about your topic when you’re done.

So given that backdrop, it’s probably no surprise that just about everyone you meet in the hallways at TED is an amazing person who has risen to the heights of an interesting career.  What’s surprising, though, is the streak of idealism running through the event’s guests.  Despite their accomplishments, they all came here to learn, to have their minds changed, and in the process of discovering “Ideas Worth Spreading,” help to make the world a better place.  It’s a vibe that feels at home with the St. Luke’s mission, to be honest.

I can’t possibly give you a complete rundown on the day, but would you like your mind changed?  Care to discover a few ideas worth spreading?  Then check out the following people:

Oscar winner Sharmeen Chinoy.

Coral reef artist Colleen Flanigan.

Tech guru Renny Gleeson

Book designer Chip Kidd

And above all, two people who profoundly moved me today…

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative

And

Abigail Washburn, banjo player/singer extraordinaire.

Can’t wait to tell you more.

-Mr. Foley, Director of the Center for Leadership.

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