TED is a conference.
Traditionally there is one 'TED' each year in California but last year there was the first Global edition - aptly named TEDGlobal - in Oxford, UK and more are to follow.
There are thousands of conferences each year but this one really is different.
Just take a look at one of the talks held at TED and changes are you're immediately hooked.
You can do this right now because they are made available through a podcast.
Here it is:
Check out Al Gore doing standup comedy (and talking about the climate):
Ever since attending TEDGlobal 2005 I sure am hooked.
I will gladly save up for the (considerable) expenses and take vacation days to attend another one of these intellectual trips.
(Next one probably TEDGlobal 2007 in Africa.)