Have you met my friend TED? TED was founded in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design, aiming to share “ideas worth spreading.” The group has been presenting two conferences a year, and will host its first annual TEDWomen conference next week (12/7 & 12/8) at The Paley Center for Media in Washington, DC. Speakers scheduled to appear include congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, fashion designer Donna Karan and Babble founders Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, among many luminaries, dignitaries and movers and shakers from around the world.
The DC conference is sold out, but those who wish to experience the conference in real-time can attend a live-streaming of all the talks at The Paley Center in either New York or Los Angeles, at a steeply discounted ticket price for Babble readers. Tickets for the entire event are sold for $100, but TedWomen is offering a two-day conference pass to our readers for only $20.
Interested parties should visit the TedWomen site, scroll down to the ticket section and click on the $100 “conference pass” link in your desired city. At checkout, enter discount code BABBLE for $20 tickets.
The conference is sure to be fascinating, and of course you don’t have to attend all of the talks if you have conflicting child care duties. For those of you who don’t live on the coasts, or those of you who aren’t familiar with TEDTalks, please do yourself a favor and watch this brilliant speech by Elizabeth Gilbert on the nature of creativity. Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, Gilbert presents ideas in this speech that offer insight to anyone who wants to cut themselves some slack and enjoy life a bit more, something every parent can use to do.
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