For the last 4 years, TED Conferences have been setting the bar for other events around the world through the perfect mix and interaction of their offline (existing since 1984) and online (TED talks are available since 2006) initiatives. Behind all of it lies impeccable execution through perfect timing. A good example of this is the announcement of TED Global 2011 just one week before TED Global 2010 takes place. Very few event organizers are able to announce the date of their next event and the program theme with a year in advance.
From the email I received 2 days ago:
With only a week to go before 700 among you gather in Oxford for TEDGlobal 2010, we are very pleased to announce the theme and dates for next year’s Oxford conference, and to open registration.
TEDGlobal 2011 will take place 11-15 July under the theme “The Stuff of Life.”
What is life? And how can it be better lived? We invite you on a journey of tantalizing mystery and thrilling possibilities. From the secrets of the biological processes that take place in our body, to the cultural constructs that take place in our society, TEDGlobal 2011 will be a celebration of life in all its forms. During four days, with 50-plus speakers and performers from all over the world, in the inspiring atmosphere of Oxford, we will look at who we are, what we do, and how we relate to each other and to other living organisms. We will analyze the resources, technologies and skills that make life possible and keep it going — and the many things that make it interesting, enjoyable and worthwhile. We will explore themes that are basic to our humanity, and those that threaten it.
If you don’t know what TED is, read this article by The Guardian.
PS: I’ll be attending TED Global 2010 next July 11 to 16. If you’re there too, let’s meet! (drop me a line here)