I came across this article recently, and it got me thinking critically about the way TED presents itself as ‘accessible’. Because TED makes the talks accessible online for free, many people assume that TED as a whole is a transparent and entirely noble company on every front. Here, I was surprised to find out the extensive lengths people must go to in order to be ‘vetted’ by TED and deemed worthy of TED events. The high ticket cost also brings many questions about the nature of spaces- why are these venues chosen to hold the talks? Are they accessible? Clearly they cost a lot- is it necessary to use such expensive spaces to host these events? This article is from a few years ago, so I would also be interested in seeing whether or not anything has changed. Furthermore, I’m wondering about TEDx Events (events in the spirit of TED, but are independently organized and curated, sans essay-format applications and at much lower prices). I was considering attending Montreal’s TEDxMontrealWomen event. Some of the speakers look really interesting, but I’m not sure if I can support TED at all. What do you guys think??
A link to the Montreal event: http://tedxmontrealwomen.com/