News website Huffington Post on Friday launched a weekend section devoted to diving deeply into mind-bending ideas shared in “talks” at prestigious TED conferences.
TED Weekends is to become a Huffington Post staple with “ideas worth spreading” served up in video presentations each Friday and then illustrated, discussed and expanded upon during the following two days.
“I experienced firsthand the power of TEDTalks to share ideas and build community when I gave my own two years ago about the need to renew our estranged relationship with sleep,” said Huffington Post Media Group editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington.
“And I’m delighted that TED Weekends will be bringing TEDTalks to the HuffPost platform, expanding the conversation and allowing our community to weigh in on some of the most creative, innovative, and compelling ideas of our time.”
TEDTalks heading for Huffington Post include “Understanding Deception” and “Why People Believe Crazy Things.”
“Often when a speaker delivers a TEDTalk, we feel we’ve just experienced the nucleus of an idea we wish we could really dig into,” said TED curator Chris Anderson.
“The Huffington Post, with its remarkable network of global contributors, is the ideal partner to take a great talk and open it up to perspectives, research and expertise from around the world.”
The TEDTalk on Friday at huffingtonpost.com/TEDWeekends was by a doctor who suggests that being open about medical mistakes may help heal a broken healthcare system.
The video presentations come from TED gatherings where speakers are challenged to give “the talk of their lives” in 18 minutes.
TED’s long-stated catchphrase is “Ideas worth spreading.”
Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conferences started 28 years ago in California as annual enclaves where elite thinkers got together to explore life from challenging or unusual perspectives.
The nonprofit Sapling Foundation behind the conferences began making recordings of talks available online as podcasts in 2006, then began streaming videos free at a TED.com website the following year to reach a global audience.
TED talks have legions of followers on the Internet and have been broadcast on television stations around the world.