What I like most about TED is their focus on expanding minds and tearing down walls. They prohibit speakers from having agendas or messages that divide people and they forbid themed TEDx events. Instead they encourage hosts to feature speakers with a wide range of topics. You may not think you're interested in learning about physics or geology, but any subject delivered by a passionate speaker with a keen mind is worth hearing. And every drop of knowledge, every new insight, pours into your art.
Here's one of my favorite TED videos by middle grade and picture book author Mac Barnett: