What 'ideas worth spreading' would you choose to apply to your life?

This page is the background to the story, links to launch posts and reflections and generally just a great place to start on the site.

The project commenced on 1 November 2011 and completed on the 31 October 2012. I have kept this page the same for those people who are new to the blog.

The Story So Far...

I am dedicating myself to applying some of the inspirational and insightful TED talks that I have been watched over the last four years. Or, to use two of the talks, trying something new for 30 days Matt Cutts and immersing myself in a topic because changing your behaviour can change your mind A J Jacobs.

How am I doing it?

Over the course of one year I will apply the advice, lessons, insights and concepts of TED talks into my life. The talks fall into a number of categories:

  • Concept talks which inform the entire project.
  • Activity talks which I will apply for 30 days - these activity periods might include multiple talks, where they share a similar message and would work well together.
  • Opportunity talks where I cannot be guaranteed that something would occur that would allow me to use the lessons in the talk, for example, Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity.
  • Project talks which are a topic that could be applied as a discreet project and not something that would work as a 30 day activity.

The Nuts and Bolts

The idea is that I am taking the parts of the talks that a) I feel have the most resonance for me and my life and b) are able to actually be applied within a relatively short timeframe. I have written a post acknowledging the completely subjective nature of this process and the fact that I am not saying that what I have taken is the speaker's "message" but what resonated with me - as misinformed and misguided as it might be.

I will start a new Activity talk on the 1st and 15th of each month - launching it the Sunday before and providing updates, insights and reflections throughout the process.

For anyone who decides to follow this potentially ill-conceived experiment with my sanity, I would appreciate honest feedback on the blog posts. I plan on making all comments visible, without editing, unless you ask me not to or I think that they are too offensive to include (that is not a challenge!).

So that is the outline of My Year of TED project. I expect that it will be a complete mixture of emotions throughout the year, and I will try to be as honest as I can on what I learn about myself throughout this process. I'm really excited about the whole thing, and quite scared at the same time.