Think Again

A city built on nat­u­ral re­sources trans­forms for the in­for­ma­tion age

Vancouver Magazine - Best of the City 2016 - - Contents -

What the ar­rival of TED Talks means to Van­cou­ver

When it was an­nounced that Van­cou­ver had be­come the new host city for the in­tel­lec­tual salon (and on­line video phe­nom­e­non) that is TED, no­body here was very sur­prised. We’ve al­ways been a city in­vested in “ideas worth shar­ing” as the TED motto has it. We’re young, as far as ci­ties go, and we lean more to­ward café cul­ture than cor­po­rate HQs. But the myth of our slack­er­hood is be­lied by the fact we punch way above our weight when it comes to the Next Big Thing: this is the city that built Hootsuite and Plenty of Fish; we’re the city of Dou­glas Cou­p­land, Jeff Wall, and Wil­liam Gib­son; we’re also the city that fig­ured out how to make yoga pants ac­cept­able din­ing at­tire. So if tick­ets to this March’s sec­ond TED Talks ($8,500 per) prove un­likely, we in­vite you to hit the sea­wall, talk to strangers, open a lap­top, and start your own par­a­digm shift. That’s what we do.

Skies Painted With Un­num­bered Sparks

by Janet Echel­man was in­stalled out­side the con­ven­tion cen­tre (TED Talks HQ) in March 2014

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