Phil Hansen TED Talk: The Art of the Imperfect (video)

Written by Gina Smith

Phil Hansen Ted Talk: Art of the Imperfect. Watch this video and relax a little today. — The Japanese have a name for the phenomenon of messing up the absolutely perfect so that it is slightly imperfect. Wabi Sabi. That in essence is the heart of the Phil Hansen TED Talk: The Art of the Imperfect. Check out the video below and scroll below the fold …


Phil Hansen is the author of Tattoo a Banana. Who better to talk deeply about the art of the imperfect — especially at TED.

From the editors at LinkedIn, here are the new commandments and the re-invented TED. They went live with TED2013 earlier this year. Read the full piece here. It’s excellent.

More bite-sized talks: TED is best known for its full-length, 18-minute talks. Many of those go viral. But if you don’t have that kind of attention span, fret not. TED2013 will include shorter presentations, including some that are just three minutes long.

No typing allowed: It’s hard to get immersed in any idea — no matter how good — if the person next to you is clanking away at his keyboard. That’s why TED all but bans computers in its auditorium; laptops are only allowed in the last row. The result: a more attentive audience, and some creative note-taking methods.

So long California! The TED conference has been held in California for nearly three decades. That changes next year when TED moves north to Vancouver, British Columbia. Organizers say the new site will be the most ‘eco-friendly meeting venue’ in the world. Long Beach officials, for their part, promise to replace TED with a larger — if less prestigious — event in 2015.

Honor the TED Commandments: Every speaker who steps onto the TED stage receives a copy of the TED Commandments, the conference’s tipsheet. Among the advice: ‘Dream big,’ ‘no selling from the stage,’ and ‘make the complex plain.’ ”