A new series that puts together several TEDTalks to reveal a certain outlook. Call it an idea cocktail. Because one idea at a time is great – but ideas in tandem are boundless.
Following a thread on Ridley Scott and his upcoming film, Prometheus, featuring the film’s trailer of Peter Weyland’s TEDTalk from the future, I stumbled across Damon Lindelof, writer of Weyland’s speech, in an interview he gave for the TED blog. There he mentioned some of his favorite TEDTalks. I just had to have a look. I wanted to see what made him tick. And that gave me an idea.
CompactTED is a UT series that brings together various TED presentations in one post. These presentations are drawn from someone’s favorite TEDTalks list, like in this case. Or they are random TEDTalks put together, under an arbitrary title or banner, in order to investigate a certain theme. Or they are a series of TEDTalks assembled by a number of authors in a collaborative piece, letting their content merge to provide a cocktail of unique taste and effect. The sky is the limit with “ideas worth spreading”.
In the inaugural piece in this series, we are featuring three of Damon Lindelof’s favorite TEDTalks to get an idea of what tickles his fancy.
1. Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Sir Ken Robinson, author and speaker, presents how creativity is something that is being “educated out of people” as they grow older. He also shares stories on how creativity can be tapped and encouraged, starting with the infinite potential of children.
2. J. J. Abrams: The Mystery Box
J. J. Abrams, director of Lost and M:I:III, reveals his fascination with mystery and why he finds it compelling to fill in the blanks. He also extols the advancement of technology and the democratization of film-making, showing how they do wonders for human creativity.
3. Paul Nicklen: Tales Of Ice-Bound Wonderland
Paul Nicklen, photographer, shares his work from recent trips to the poles. He also shares his passion for animals that have more qualities than meets the eye if only one spends some time with them, giving them the chance to show their true colors.
There you have it. Watching any one of these presentations provides valuable insight into the world, while at the same time revealing some of the elements that feed the mind of an accomplished screenwriter and producer. Watching all three of them, their thoughts and insights shaken and stirred in one serving, creates one powerful, signature tonic.
Urban Timers, the Idea Bar is open. Cocktail of the day: Damon Lindelof – CompacTED!