TED talks are a weird thing, but I'll be doing one for TEDxMinneapolis this year. (Theme: "In Sight," as in, "hiding in plain sight" / "wisdom".) They asked me, I was flattered, and why not!
I'll be discussing why people should spend a whole lot more time looking at and thinking about sidewalks. I'm hoping to talk about why sidewalks are important, why they're overlooked, and how they reflect society. I want to talk about the vast potential that sidewalks offer us, how they represent individual and social freedom, and our most kinds of crucial public space.
And, of course, I'll be attempting to say all these things using (the sometimes lampooned) TED talk format: 15 minutes or so, off the cuff and highly polished, personal, data driven, passionate presentation of an "idea worth spreading." It's a high bar and s a tremendous challenge to try and distill my life's sidewalk work into a simple story, and frankly I'm terrified!
So if you'd like to see it in person (and it's expensive...) here's how you get your ticket. PS also too you get to see a whole bunch of other amazing speakers.
Looking forward to it. Scary!