Since I first discovered TED Talks as a scrawny little high-school girl with big dreams and the world in front of me, I’ve been hooked. It has since become one of my life goals to do something cool enough to speak at a TED Conference.
And if you have a similar goal, you might just be one step closer to making it a reality: TED announced last week that it’s opening up auditions for its 2013 conference to the general public! That’s right—you don’t have to be Sheryl Sandberg or Elizabeth Gilbert to share your “idea worth spreading.” In what the organization is calling “an ambitious experiment in crowdsourcing,” anyone who wants to speak can apply online, and 50 of the best applicants will be invited to give a short talk live. Then, online voters will choose one lucky winner to speak at the annual conference in Long Beach, California.
Sound right up your alley? If you’ve got a great idea you’re just dying to share, check out TED’s website for the dates and details of the competition. And in the meantime? Get inspiration from three of my favorite female TEDsters.
Sarah Kay: The Storyteller
Jane McGonigal: The Spark