Trouble with TED, methinks, is not that it fails to solve the world’s problems, as discussed. Rather, I wonder if it doesn’t at some point become a victim of its own success – partly because it may be running out of stunning speakers, partly because when it becomes the cool place to be, the average quality of the participant goes down, a process I am tempted to call conference gentrification.
The upshot? By the time I get around to going, it will no longer be cool. Oh well.