Pioneers of Digital: TED Talk’s June Cohen on the Early Days of Online Video


Pioneers of Digital is a new book that tells the success stories behind people who have done amazing things on the web.

In the year or so it took us to write it, we interviewed twenty of the brightest minds in advertising, marketing, search and social media, documenting their career journeys (warts and all) and extracting these Pioneers’ reflections on their achievements, often for the very first time.

In this excerpt, June Cohen from TED reminisces about her early career at Stanford and Hotwired giving a fascinating account of the invaluable experience that end up leading to her help launch TED Talks on a myriad of digital devices and online platforms.

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Tag Clouds on Steriods: New Techniques for Visualising Social and Mass Media Big Data [video]

Screenshot from Deb Roy's TED Talk: Birth of a Word

I love me a Wordle. If you're the same and you're interested in some ground-breaking techniques to visualise big data in real-time this video is worth a watch.

Deb Roy's research starts with an experiment to parse 90,000 hours of video to chart his infant son's discovery of language through to analysis of online comments, sentiment and social connections during President Obama's State of the Union address.

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Chinwag's 4-Step Guide for Brilliant Event Promotion


The benefits of hosting and running an event are obvious. In one fail swoop, your influential speakers will draw in guests who could end up being potential partners, consumers or even investors.

Your event will be the toast of the digital town, elevating your brand in a dynamic way. The only drawback? The niggly fact that everybody wants a slice of the events pie. So what to do?

In such an overcrowded market, strategic planning and promotion can see your event being firmly pencilled into the diaries of those that matter. But navigating the choppy waters of promotions can be tricky for even the savviest of marketers, so we've come up with four easy ways to promote your event.

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All The World's a Game

game night at duende by danja vasiliev

My morning routine involves a diet of strange and wonderful podcasts including the thought-provoking TEDtalk series.

Today, I watched the Seth Priebatsch from scvngr talking about how the social web is pretty much built, next up is the building of the game layer on top.

Certainly an interesting perspective especially with <clench>gamification</clench> being liberally used in lots of recent discussions around the industry, including a recent paper from Wired UK's David Rowan.

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TEDGlobal 2010

TEDGlobal 2010, held over the course of four days in Oxford, will explore the shocking undercurrent of good news just below the surface of today's troubling headlines....

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Date: 12 July 2010
Location: Oxford Playhouse, UK


For those of you that have ever visited TED.com, this event will need no introduction. Needless to say, we're very excited to bringing it to Cardiff!

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Date: 14 April 2010
Location: Wales Millenium Centre, UK


Our conference will once again bring together fascinating thinkers and doers from around the world, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in under 18 minutes. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.

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Date: 6 March 2010
Location: Maths & Stats Building, University of Warwick, UK

TED2010: What The World Needs Now...

A new decade. An ongoing global financial crisis. It's a time to regroup, re-evaluate -- and then to dream. Dream big. Because the world of ideas has never mattered more. For TED2010 we're assembling a lineup of speakers whose ideas and ingenuity will thrill, enlighten and inspire. It's What the World Needs Now ...

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Date: 9 February 2010
Location: TED Centre, US

TEDx London

TEDx London is oriented at developing a community of like minded highly informed and engaged innovators, designers, thinkers, technologists and environmentally and socially concerned individuals in the heart of London.

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Date: 4 November 2009
Location: The Hub Kings Cross, UK


TEDx is a program of local, self organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

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Date: 17 September 2009
Location: Sun Microsystems Conference Centre, UK

TEDGlobal 2009: The Substance Of Things Not Seen

Four years after the first gathering, TEDGlobal returns to Oxford for a now-annual event. Join us next summer for four days of inspired thinking that goes beyond the obvious, delivering vital insight into the hidden forces shaping our future.

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Date: 21 July 2009
Location: Various locations, UK

BIL 2009

BIL loves TED. TED is a great place to sit and listen to interesting ideas. Many of those ideas make it online, and millions get to experience them.

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Date: 7 February 2009
Location: tbc, US