A city built on natural resources transforms for the information age
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