Creativity is fed by our experiences. The broader our experience, the richer our art. So this month I'm featuring TED. TED stands for technology, entertainment and design, three areas TED's originators believe will shape the future. Their mission is "to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation." They do that by inviting bright speakers to share their ideas in front of audiences. It's that simple. Those talks are recorded on YouTube for all to see and hear. I've been inspired by authors, artists, and entertainers, as well as technology and business pioneers. TED also hosts an educational platform, an annual youth event and TEDx, a program that allows individuals to sponsor local TED events. TEDxteen is an annual international conference, aimed at stimulating conversation between teens. This year it's happening in NY City on May 16. They're hosting an amazing lineup of speakers, including visual and performing artists, writers and all around great thinkers.
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:
I write middle grade and young adult books with a magical twist, and I'm represented by the fabulous Leslie Zampetti at Open Book Literary.
Lorin Oberweger - Freelance Editor