Dear David, I’ve been a teacher in two countries for 29 years. You are a great teacher; you answered every question I would have asked if I had been there. You were so poised.
For those of us who don’t have the opportunity or skills to attend schools like Stanford, MIT
(Media Lab), or Carnegie Mellon, there are books I’ve discovered as a teacher and a writer that will help almost anyone be more creative. I don’t have space here for titles, but here are a few writers that can help you be more creative. Edward de Bono, Roger van Oech, Todd Silver, Daniel Pink, Michael Michako, Dan Roam, and Charles Thomas. You have to already be creative to find creativity books, because they’re all over the bookstores; they’re in art, writing, psychology, design, business, and lots more.
David, presenters like you have made TED.com the best web site in the world. ‘
TED.com means: technology / entertainment / design
Because of speakers like David Merrill, TED.com could also stand for other words.
TED; TEACHING / ENCOURAGING / DEVELOPING
TED; TALENT / ENERGY / DARING
TED: THINKING / ENLIGHTENING / DISCOVERING
SLOGANS FOR TED: 1. What school should have been.
2. Tickling both sides of our brains
3. Cliche Killer -drawing outside the lines to push the envelope out of the box ahead of the curve
4. Antidote to boredom
5. Put TED in your head
6. Take 2 TEDs and call me in the morning
7. TED’s not a guy he’s a WHY?
8. I dare you to watch a TED and not think
9. Rewrite your brain withTED
10.I get a TED prize every time I watch
11.Be a TED HEAD
wylie jones说TED不但可以是 technology, entertainment, design（科技、娱乐与设计），还可以是teaching, encouraging, developing（教育、鼓励与发展）或 talent, energy, daring（才智、能量与胆识）或 thinking, enlightening, discovering（思考、启发与发现）。这个虽说只是wylie jones的个人看法，却也从某种程度上反映出 TED 的特点。看 TED 演讲不是单纯为了18分钟的精神快餐，而且是一种很好的获取灵感、开拓思路、培养多元思考能力的好办法，舍此就不真正意义上的 TED 了。