When I first heard about TED Auditions, it perfectly made sense. I have organized a few TEDx events and attended a few more and I can tell you that some speakers were so outstanding that they truly deserved the main TED stage.
TED is launching a World-Wide hunt for amazing speakers via auditions in 14 cities (Amsterdam, Bangalore, Doha, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, New York, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Tunis and Vancouver). The auditions are physical events that take place between April and June.
The auditions for India have been announced and takes place on May 20th in Bangalore.
As one of the Global TEDx Ambassadors, I look forward to playing my part by spreading the word and recommending some awesome Doers (who are also excellent communicators) from India.
There are many TED supporters in India and if you are one of them, please take a moment to suggest a deserving speaker who deserves the limelight. More than TED, you would be doing that individual a big favor. Its time we collaboratively, unearthed some hidden jewels in our group.
Please note that Bangalore is the only city in India where the auditions will take place. However, the hunt for awesome speakers is Pan-India. So, no matter what city you live in, please look around your community and recommend names.
TED is looking for the following people. See if it rings a bell.
THE INVENTOR : sharing an innovation with world-changing potential
THE TEACHER : sharing valuable knowledge in a memorable way – to teenagers or adults
THE PRODIGY : young talent ready to break out
THE ARTIST : who can showcase their work in a compelling, new way (Don’t just talk about it. Show us your work!)
THE PERFORMER : music, dance, comedy, drama… or something entirely different
THE SAGE : wisdom the world needs from those who have learned it the hard way
THE ENTHUSIAST : with an infectious passion about a topic they can share
THE CHANGE-AGENT : helping shape the world’s future with work that matters
THE STORY-TELLER : vivid, original, meaningful … with a talent for connection
THE SPARK : with a powerful idea worth spreading
Learn more about TED 2013 Auditions.