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Great Ideas Worth Spreading

TED and BMW announced that they teamed up to provide free video and audio podcast series of the best talks delivered at the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference. Once a year, 1000 people are invited to the TED Conference in Monterey, California, to exchange something of incalculable value: their ideas.

TEDTalks premieres on June 27th with six extraordinary speakers: Former US Vice President Al Gore (giving the talk that followed his now-famous presentation on climate change), Macarthur Award recipient Majora Carter, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, New York Times technology columnist David Pogue, education visionary Ken Robinson, and founder of the non-profit Gapminder Hans Rosling.

Additional talks will be released weekly and will feature rock star Peter Gabriel on his work with human-rights group Witness, evolutionary anthropologist Helen Fisher exploring the future of love, X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis making the case for space tourism, “Ashes and Snow” photographer Gregory Colbert unveiling the idea of an Animal Copyright Foundation, Seattle Library architect Joshua Prince-Ramus explaining how great architecture is made, actress Julia Sweeney performing an excerpt from her play, “Letting Go of God,” 28-year-old blogging entrepreneur Mena Trott on the personal side of blogging, and Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell on what we can all learn from spaghetti sauce.

About TED conference

TED is an invitation-only event where the world’s leading thinkers and doers gather for inspiration and insight. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. In fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it “The ultimate brain spa” and “A four-day journey into the future.” The audience — CEOs, financiers, inventors, intellectuals — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Quincy Jones, Frank Gehry, Herbie Hancock and Bono.

Each year, TED features 80 of the world’s most fascinating people. TED presenters run the world’s most admired companies and design its best-loved products; they invent world-changing devices, and write best-selling books. They are trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses. Collectively, they have won every major prize awarded for excellence, including the Nobel, Pritzker, Pulitzer, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Macarthur “Genius” grant.

TED was first held in Monterey, CA in 1984, and featured the launch of the Macintosh computer and the Sony compact disc. In 2001, Chris Anderson’s Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its founder Richard Saul Wurman.