For many months I have forsaken TED. No more I say.


Every day, hundreds of millions of people use the Internet to blog and tweet and IM and Facebook, as if it were the most natural thing in the world. And it is. The tools are new, but the behaviors come naturally. Because the rise of social media is actually a reprise, a return to the natural order.


I’m going to make it my goal today to treat all others as I wish to be treated. I’m doing this in honor of the unveiling of The Charter for Compassion. The Charter is a result of a desire to find an underlying value that brings the five major world religions together. The Charter was made possible by TEDprize.

Tumblr. would not want me to be too wordy so I am going to let the video below do the talking. It was made public about an hour ago…

Listen to and see the words of the Charter for Compassion here:

Learn more and affirm the Charter for Compassion here: charterforcompassion.org

*UPDATE* Ted.com just changed it’s homepage in honor of the Charter


New TED talk with a lot of inspiring potential. Know that I will be watching this with you in the next few minutes.

- <3 Alex



Thank @TEDchris for sharing this new search aggregator. I hope that I can get in the habit of using it.

Creativesear.ch is a pretty creative URL by itself, but with a homepage aggregation of twitter, news, google images, wikipedia, blogs, flickr, google search etc this could really change my search experience. Give it a try today and let me know what you think at alextcone[at]gmail[dot]com. Who knows if it will be the next big thing, but if TED’s curator is tweeting about it, that means it is probably worth a few seconds of your time.


It doesn’t get much cooler than the White House blogging about TED. Seriously, this doesn’t need comment.


Watch Karen Armstrong on state at TED. You might be familiar with Karen. She won the TED Prize for 2009 for her idea on a Charter for Compassion.


Today is a great day to type ted.com into your browser. You can’t go wrong.


A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary

A Week at The Airport CoverAlain de Botton is headed back to Heathrow Terminal 5 for the launch of his new, highly creative book: A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary. You can pre-order it on Amazon. I will be ordering my copy soon.

From de Botton’s website: “he explores the magical and the mundane, and the stories that inhabit this strange ‘non-place’ that we are usually eager to leave.”

If you would like to learn more about the author, de Botton, you can see him speak at Ted Global 2009 here. This TED talk made me a believer.


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