Businessweek has a great post on TED. All this TED stuff makes me think that TED is irrelevant in today’s world. Their elite model doesn’t work with the web 2.0 movement. Closed events are so passe.
I’m one of those guys who used to go to all the elite conferences. I don’t get invitations to Foo Camp, TED, or anything – do I care. No. It’s not that I can’t contribute and grok at an intellectual, technical, policy, or society level – I can. It’s their core values and their principle that convince me that TED is irrelevant. 10 years ago I would have disagreed. However, in today’s highly connected web closed doesn’t work. Instead, ideas thrive – they “have legs” and they run far when open. These same ideas die if closed.
The Internet kills the elite conference model. The conference business models are changing. Closed conferences don’t work. The fact is TED doesn’t interest me. Sorry TED guys you just have to convince me that you’re relevant.