For those of you that know me, you know that I am a big fan of the TED talks. If you don't know me and you're not familiar with what TED is, I'll explain... Um, or at least wikipedia will explain:
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an academic organization owned by The Sapling Foundation, a private nonprofit foundation. TED is well-known for its annual, invitation-only conference devoted to "ideas worth spreading" and for its lectures, known as TED Talks, which originally focused on technology, entertainment and design, but have now expanded in scope to a broad set of topics including science, arts, politics, education, culture, business, global issues, technology and development.
So, basically TED helps spread new ideas and concepts by having the large TED talks and then more localized TEDx events which, I might add, was recently here in Baltimore at MICA called TEDxMidAtlantic. Needless to say, these talks never cease to amaze me and provide a great resource to evaluate our world from alternative point-of-views. This brings me to the point of this post...
This past year has been rough...very rough, and quite frankly, I'm tired of all the negativity. Right now, with the year coming to a close, I'd rather examine what good will come from the lessons learned. How will consumers and society as a whole evolve from the "Great Recession?" Well, John Gerzema recently gave a TED talk on "The post-crisis consumer" which answers those very questions. Take a look and let me know what you think and what your thoughts are in the comments section.