I just got back from a mini-TED event down in Carmel. I've never been to TED but I've watched many of the videos. This mini-TED event was a scaled down informal version of TED held at a spectacular private residence in Carmel. There were 8 speakers and 50 guests, and the presentations were preceded and followed by snacks and drinks. The whole event lasted from about 6pm to 1am, and everyone had a good time.
It was great to chat with some brilliant and well-known people like Garrett Lisi (physicist/surfer with a promising 'theory of everything'), Stephen Mayfield (microbiologist working on Algae for biofuel and other uses), Drew Endy (working on bioblocks, which are building blocks for 'compiling and executing' DNA sequences), and Peter Bell (whose company has created a 'factory in a box' that African villages can use to create and sell their own fuel).
I was honored to present some of my ideas about the future of education, and managed to squeeze in a reference to Borat (a.k.a. Sasha Baron Cohen, the most famous alumnus from my UK high school).
All in all, a lovely trip and a welcome break from my usual edu20 routine.