I first bumped into TED after reading about it on Edge.org, and I've been a big fan ever since. I remember when I first encountered the collection of TED Talks there were just over a 100 of them.
Today TED is a creative and social phenomenon with almost 1500 videos that have been viewed over a billion times. TED speakers are remarkably creative people who want to change the world one project at a time.
From the TED website:
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.Chances are you've already been to TED. But if you haven't, check it out. It will inspire you.