Big Ideas from TED 2011: TED Highlights the Boundary-Pushing Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow

No innovator is an island unto themselves; all entrepreneurs and innovators have supporters behind the scenes, helping them succeed. This year...

No innovator is an island unto themselves; all entrepreneurs and innovators have supporters behind the scenes, helping them succeed. This year during the TED conference, three of those supporters teamed up to give the world an inside peak at the entrepreneurial ideas churning just underneath the TED surface.

Launched by the Case Foundation in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, the "Innovation + Entrepreneurship with the TED Fellows" program is a series of Q&A sessions with some of the most dynamic social entrepreneurs at TED. The sessions were filmed live last week during the event and hosted by Case Foundation Senior Vice President Erich Broksas.

The Case Foundation, the eponymous foundation of AOL founder Steve Case and his wife (and Case Foundation CEO) Jean, is known for its creative work around citizen engagement, technology for social change, and government 2.0. It has led the charge on efforts like America's Giving Challenge and the recently-announced Startup America collaboration.

The Kansas City-based Kauffman Foundation is the leading foundation supporting entrepreneurship. Unlike other foundations that focus strictly on civic, government, and nonprofit work, Kauffman promotes and enables the work of entrepreneurs as the greatest force for building a better future. For example, their Kauffman Labs program is currently working to focus and improve the work of the next generation of education entrepreneurs.

The Innovation + Entrepreneurship series featured sessions with six of the TED Fellows, including:

  • Erik Hersman - A founder of crowdsourced crisis-mapping platform Ushahidi
  • Suzanne Lee - A British fashion designer whose "BioCouture" project is experimenting with growing clothing from bacteria
  • Jon Gosier - The founder of Appfrica Labs and HiveCollab - technology incubator programs for East Africa
  • Marcin Jakubowski - The founder of the Open Source Ecology movement and the Global Village Construction Set
  • Adrian Hong - Founder of the Pegasus Press, which is working to keep the internet safe for dissidents
  • Isabel Behncke Izquierdo - A researcher who studies the endangered Bonobos of Congo in a hope of gleaning insight into related human behaviors of joy and creativity
  • \n

The videos are all available as archives on the Case Foundation website, and provide not only insights about what animates each of these individuals, but together help tell the story of entrepreneurship at TED more broadly.

Photo: Marcin Jakubowski / Fellows conference at TED2011. February 28 - March 4, Long Beach, CA. Credit: James Duncan Davidson / TED

via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

If you are totally ready to move on from Donald Trump, you're not alone. According to a report last April from the Wason Center National Survey of 2020 Voters, "President Trump will be the least popular president to run for reelection in the history of polling."

Yes, you read that right, "history of polling."

Keep Reading Show less
via Around the NFL / Twitter

After three years on the sidelines, Colin Kapernick will be working out for multiple NFL teams on Saturday, November 16 at the Atlanta Falcons facility.

The former 49er quarterback who inflamed the culture wars by peacefully protesting against social injustice during the national anthem made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday.

Kaepernick is scheduled for a 15-minute on-field workout and an interview that will be recorded and sent to all 32 teams. The Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions are expected to have representatives in attendance.

RELATED: Joe Namath Says Colin Kaepernick And Eric Reid Should Be Playing In The NFL

"We like our quarterback situation right now," Miami head coach, Brian Flores said. "We're going to do our due diligence."

NFL Insider Steve Wyche believes that the workout is the NFL's response to multiple teams inquiring about the 32-year-old quarterback. A league-wide workout would help to mitigate any potential political backlash that any one team may face for making an overture to the controversial figure.

Kapernick is an unrestricted free agent (UFA) so any team could have reached out to him. But it's believed that the interested teams are considering him for next season.

RELATED: Video of an Oakland train employee saving a man's life is so insane, it looks like CGI

Earlier this year, Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid reached a financial settlement with the league in a joint collusion complaint. The players alleged that the league conspired to keep them out after they began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

Before the 2019 season, Kaepernick posted a video of himself working out on twitter to show he was in great physical condition and ready to play.

Kaepnick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship game in 2013.

He has the 23rd-highest career passer rating in NFL history, the second-best interception rate, and the ninth-most rushing yards per game of any quarterback ever. In 2016, his career to a sharp dive and he won only of 11 games as a starter.


In the category of "claims to fame nobody wants," the United States can now add "exporter of white supremacist ideology" to its repertoire. Super.

Russell Travers, acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center, made this claim in a briefing at The Washington Institute in Washington, D.C. "For almost two decades, the United States has pointed abroad at countries who are exporters of extreme Islamist ideology," Travers said. "We are now being seen as the exporter of white supremacist ideology. That's a reality with which we are going to have to deal."

Keep Reading Show less

Between Alexa, Siri, and Google, artificial intelligence is quickly changing us and the way we live. We no longer have to get up to turn on the lights or set the thermostat, we can find the fastest route to work with a click, and, most importantly, tag our friends in pictures. But interacting with the world isn't the only thing AI is making easier – now we can use it save the world, too.

Keep Reading Show less
Good News