As we progress into the 21st century the true capabilities of the World Wide Web are still unfolding. The current functionality, flexibility and connectivity the internet offers is far greater than anyone could have imagined. The world is flat and it’s getting exponentially smaller as innovative minds and technologies explore the frontiers of our future.

Our generation is molded around the notion of open source free information. Just last month Americans alone conducted 9.9 billion searches on core searches engines such as Google and Yahoo. Far gone are the days where you couldn’t find the answer to a question, today you simply ask Google, and within 3-4 minutes you have most likely found what you are looking for. The era of open source information is profound; individuals are quickly adapting becoming more precise and specific.

A recent study estimated that a week’s print of the New York Times contains more information than a person would likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century. We are undoubtedly living in an age of exponential and abundant information. With so much, it’s hard to weed out the valuable and influential vs. the mundane and redundant. The breadth and depth of information is historic and the means of communicating that information has become incredibly easy and convenient.

www.ted .com is pioneering the movement of open source free valued information. The website connects the world’s most brilliant minds, eclectic entrepreneurs and executive talent via streaming video free to all. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design and started as a conference to bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives.

From Bill Gates to Jane Goodall TED speakers are strictly allotted to 18 minutes to share their thoughts and visions of a better tomorrow. There is no preference of hierarchy or entitlement, one speaker is no more important than the other. Each speaker is an expert in their field attempting to leverage their knowledge to broaden horizons. The website stands behind the core values of, “Ideas worth Spreading”.

Membership to the annual TED conference is highly selective, and considered extremely honorable. Many ask, is TED elitism? The website answers: “yes (but in a good way)”. Although membership is costly and a majority of members have been wildly successful TED attendees are on the forefront of solving or discovering some of the toughest issues that face our world today.

Ghandi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”

Adhering to Ghandi’s fundamental maxim,l the remarkable speakers of TED pull back the sheath and tell it how it is. They reveal the principals our society lacks, are share how their innovations, ideas, and concepts will solve them.

For students the videos are unequivocally inspiring and I highly recommend everyone to visit the site. Whether you are watching T.V or need a break from studying is the panacea for actionable minds that are ready to move..

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