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The Magic That Is TED

Anya Kamenetz of Fast Company writes about the TED phenomenon: “By combining the principles of ‘radical openness’ and of ‘leveraging the power of ideas to change the world,’ TED is in the process of creating something brand new. I would go so far as to argue that it’s creating a new Harvard — the first new top-prestige education brand in more than 100 years.” One college professor and TED-lecturer, Barry Schwartz, thinks TED is better than his university environment. “Well, people who come to TED are open to being changed by their interactions and conversations,” says Schwartz. “They’re in an environment where they’re going to learn something new every five minutes. You could create something like that on a college campus, but generally that doesn’t happen.” [%comments]