Part 1: Scene: Philly, 2:30ish, this past Sunday afternoon.
David Jakes, Ryan Bretag, Jeremiah Patterson, and I cabbin' it to the airport. SLA's EduCon 2.0 idea-fumes still wrapping themselves around all 4 of us. Beginning to shift gears a bit for the flight home. Talking small talk.
At some point, TED came up. TED. Yeah, you know the one.
I (approximately) said to my cab-mates:
"Yup, had the official invite. Nope, had to turn it down.
"Choosing to go back into the classroom this fall meant no longer be able to rationalize the $6,000+ membership price tag now that I'm a non-corporate civilian. Funny, that.
"Odd. Had you asked me to name 1 of 2 dreams I had in the 3 years I was away from the classroom, getting a chance to go to TED was in that top 2 list. Maybe it was THE list. My official invite came 2 weeks after I officially resigned from my previous company to become a teacher again. The same company that was going to pay for the TED membership. Timing is funny.
"You know what? As much as I still wish I could be there in person, I have never regretted the choice to be a teacher again instead of sitting next to Noble laureates and Google-like founders talking about the futur of cool and what-next."
Part 2: Scene: Ft. Worth, 2:30ish, this afternoon, still wearing my lime green soccer socks after spending 90 minutes with my 8th grade soccer lads on the back-of-campus pitch.
If I could live 2 lives simultaneously -- complete with living full 24 hours days/nights in 2 different parts of the world without screwing up the time/space continuum and my own ability to juggle identities-- I'd be begging, borrowing, stealing, and learning a few other handy-dandy tricks, too, to respond in good form to the recent TED request for new teammates.
Yup. Become part of the inside TED. Fuel the dream. Be the ball, Danny.
Wanna apply to become part of the TED team, or suggest someone else if you -- like me -- have a wonderful life already? Well, here's the basic gig:
- Web Producer (think: one of the coolest sites in the universe)
- Community Catalyst for the TED Prize (think: Bono and those laureates and the projects they want to fuel around the globe)
- Tech-spotter/Researcher (think: scanning the globe for cool stuff that will wow'em)
- Director, TED Fellowship program (think: building curriculum and selecting candidates)
- Scribe (think: keeping it historically straight and keeping it historically real)
- and several more)