TEDxBrighton on Friday was a rare delight. I have been a fan of the videos at TED.com for about three years now and it was a joy to have a little flavour of TED in my beloved home town. It was remarkably well put together, professional, and well-catered. It was delightful that it was a free event, and that so much had been achieved through the efforts of the volunteers, and the generosity of sponsors.
Here are the main things I came away with:
- free banana
- 2 Twix bars
- spare tuna mayonnaise sandwich
- pencil drawing of a naked woman
Okay, I’m being flippant (though these are the physical things). This is what I learned from my day at TEDxBrighton:
- mappiness.org.uk can prove that Christmas Day is by far and away the happiest day of the year. And that Blue Monday is a myth.
- Teenage boys, given free reign to design their own computer games, don’t design gory shoot-em-ups. They design heroic save-the-world adventures. Sometimes involving Giant Turtle Things. And spoons.
- Drawing is a license to stare at people. If you want to stare at people, just pick up a pencil and sketch book and make like you’re sketching. It can be complete rubbish. No-one will challenge you.
- The first follower turns a lone nut into a leader (see 4 films and a Nude)
- You don’t have to be a rower to row the Atlantic. If your rowing partner drops out, you can always ask your Mum.
- Something (from the rower’s mum, at the start of the race) which can be applied to almost every life challenge: “Let’s get over the horizon and then have a cup of tea”.
- There is only one thing essential to a Utopia, and that is hot tubs.
Other (more complete) TEDxBrighton blogposts can be found at:
I highly recommend the first of these, for its TED video content. The nude sketch wasn’t bad either!