What is TED?
From the site:
TED is an event like no other.
It brings together more than 1000 thought-leaders, movers and shakers...
.... in Monterey, California every year...
... for four days of learning, laughter and inspiration.
They hear not just the latest ideas in Technology, Entertainment and Design, but also Business Science and the Arts ... in fact ANY subject area offering something fresh and important.
This unique breadth of content, and the quality of the people who deliver it, are what make TED special. After four days, you gain an understanding of how your own work fits into the larger web of knowledge.