chris anderson

chris anderson bw

curator of TED (after Richard Saul Wurman)

married to Jacqueline Novogratz

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Under his stewardship, the mission of TED shifted to “ideas worth spreading”. As of February 2014, 1,658 talks are available free online. By January 2009 they had been viewed 50 million times. In June 2011, the viewing figure stood at more than 500 million, and on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, TED Talks had been watched one billion times worldwide, reflecting a still growing global audience. He also oversaw introduction of the TED Prize, the TED Fellows Program, the TED open translation program, TED-Ed and the TEDx program, allowing hundreds of independently organized TED-like events to be held around the world. Anderson spoke about the power of visual media at TED Global 2010 and its central role in the future of internet-based learning

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recent (2012) interview:


jan 2013:

ted isn't a recipe


But understanding the world isn’t just about digging deep. One of the biggest problems of modern intellectual life is that everyone is buried too deeply in their own trench and has little visibility of what is going on elsewhere. Today’s world of knowledge is simply too vast, too intricate for anyone to be at the leading edge in multiple fields.

indeed. the zoom dance ness.

 Like Wikipedia, it shouldn’t work but it does. And also like Wikipedia, occasionally mistakes creep in. Out of the 40,000 TEDx talk videos now online, about a dozen have been truly embarrassing, featuring pseudoscience or other absurdities.

likewise to wikipedia ness.

? not sure what pseudoscience is.. or who decides..  what is scientific method.. and what is provable.. ? tough call today.. with said zoom dance ability above.


teds as huge last 5 yr.

4 favs to short/people experiment: adichie (deep problem), roy/gershenfeld (simple mechanism), roy (open system)


what makes good talk


#1 task is to transfer an idea

1\ stick to one idea


2\ build curiosity about it

everyone getting a go everyday

3\ build idea w concepts they already understand.. their language

most people are other people.. getting back to us as simple as 2 convos.. 33 min/day

be you (authenticity – talk to self).. be us (attachment – be/talk w others)

4\ make idea worth sharing.. who does idea benefit..

100% of humanity.. has to be all of us

tech as it could be .. begs modeling


Chris Anderson (@TEDchris) tweeted at 2:05 PM – 4 Apr 2018 :

I’m thrilled to finally share a huge announcement. Today @TEDTalks is launching a new initiative that aims to revolutionize how we change the world. It’s called The Audacious Project: Collaborative Philanthropy for Bold Ideas. (

The Audacious Project will do three things to spark change at scale: 1) Invite the world’s greatest change agents to dream like they’ve never dreamed before and create ideas that are truly audacious.

2) Vet the ideas to find those with genuine potential for scale and impact. Select the best and help shape them into actionable, multi-year plans that are both viable and sustainable.

3) Present them to the world in a single moment that provides as much visibility and excitement as possible, and invite people to support them… together.

You can watch their talks and the launch of the Audacious Project on April 11 at 5pm PST on .

ere five projects annually will be supported.


Chris Anderson (@TEDchris) tweeted at 8:34 AM – 20 Dec 2018 :
Honored to be a guest on @EzraKlein’s podcast. He went deep, asking me about religious faith, meaning, curiosity, skepticism, community, and how on earth we can better listen to each other in this partisan age.

14 min – ezra: how would we know if religion is leaving a hole in us or if it’s just the human condition..t

almaas holes law

there’s no way to know.. but there’s a lot to do to investigate plausibility of it.. ie: religions gathering regularly..

15 min – dance between us as selfish agents.. vs heroic cooperators trying to find best in others..  2 strong elements running inside every person.. and what determines volume control.. might be extent to which we meet w each other and remind ourselves who we want to be..t

maté basic needsmissing pieces – 2 needs/desires

eudaimoniative surplusundisturbed ecosystem

19 min – on gathering now being a choice.. (ie: don’t have to do the 150 to survive)

24 min – ezra: easier to go to same wells of people.. (on looking for ted speakers)

25 min – one key – barry swartz on choice.. that too much choice can be not good..  ken robinson..  more about the great serendipity at being the right moment in time.. when idea is ready to fly

26 min – ezra: how do you curate for gen audience.. rather than your circle..t

why gen for an audience.. why not just facil daily curiosity.. make audience ness irrelevant

ie: cure ios city

27 min – knowledge doesn’t get boring.. curiosity stokes itself.. no risk of getting jaded from that point of view

but we need curiosity from 7bn people..  ie: cure ios city .. has to be across the board

you’re (ie: ted) not hearing enough to get to global equity

30 min – actual stories that may be driving the future.. we under report.. tech is not the day’s news but the year’s news

31 min – the potential of ai is incredible..t

the ai humanity needs..augmenting interconnectedness

37 min – people have amplified shallow.. obnoxious.. out rage producing.. pieces of communication.. it turns out humans respond more to strong opinion.. criticism.. people who think like me but can say what i feel in a more provocative way.. that’s what we gravitate towards.. and that’s had this terrible consequence of us pushing each other apart..

that’s not human nature.. that’s whale’s in sea world.. we’ve already been manufactured beyond recognition

38 min – can that be corrected..? i think it can be paying attention to a more sophisticated view of what human nature is..  designing for our reflective minds a little more.. giving our reflective minds a chance..t

there you go.. ie: self-talk as data

i don’t think humans are bad or good.. everyone capable of both.. which parts of us are activated depends on what we do to each other.. there is a huge ethic in sv now trying to do more of this.. many w great brain/intent seeking to solve this.. there may be fundamental problems in the business model that restrict how far/fast we can fix this

sv? dang.. business model.. of course..

key – we can’t hear every voice.. everyday.. ie:  can you hear me? begs a nother way/infra.. ie: 2 convers as infra.. with tech as it could be.. (listening to every voice everyday – to daily curiosity)

ie: cure ios city

41 min – ezra – maybe we need systems that stop us from doing things than getting us to do things

42 min – i think that is right.. this hippie dippie view that people were good.. and blank slate.. and can follow their passion and world will be great.. but it’s a huge question which (good/bad) gets sparked.. (it’s about) what is going on in those heads of ours.. and how we nurture ourselves and avoid sparking worse selves.. we’ve done a terrible job of that

well.. again.. but i do believe.. in order for that true north ness to work (aka: undisturbed ecosystem) .. we all need to be truly free (which has not yet happened.. esp not in sync – which is why the people who seem to be in charge believe freedom is a bad/evil/tragic chaos)

43 min – we need a realistic view of human nature.. to say that we’re doing all this to amplify human choice.. i don’t know what my choices are.. i’m very complicated.. i’ve got 100 people living in me.. some of whom i don’t like very much

exactly.. you are one of all of the whales in sea world ..all of us need detox.. we don’t listen deep enough anymore.. we need to get back to that.. less about choices.. more about listening (in order to perhaps amplify human voice/curiosity).. ie: holmgren indigenous law

we need a much richer view of human nature

47 min – we are shutting down channels of communication w each other.. there has to be an openness in the receiving mind

maybe more about listening to self.. to curiosity.. than others.. first..

49 min – throwing away this sharing of knowledge.. because losing trust

perhaps it’s more about sharing of curiosity

52 min – don’t start w something easily categorized.. start w common ground..

2 convers as infra.

ie bryan stevenson’s talk – grandmother story first.. some version of that.. have to persuade if you want to make change

maybe not.. maybe we just need each of us awake.. in order to make change

54 min – there are so many things we share in common.. so often convos become generalized..  we need to spend less time on actual time and more on the natural journey


perhaps we don’t think we have to move people.. but rather trust them to move themselves.. if free

1:01 – speaker as form of communicating

i think we need less speakers to a crowd.. ness