That’s big, no-suffix TED mainstage—a thrilling opportunity to introduce ageism as a global human rights issue on the world stage, and it’s damn exciting. It’s also a perfect fit with this year’s theme:
It’s also terrifying, especially the part about not using notes, and I hope the hell words come out of my mouth. Then again, almost all the speakers are terrified, and it’s quite a crew. I’m especially looking forward to meeting Atul Gawande, the author of Being Mortal (and my predecessor as Next Avenue’s Influencer of the Year), and I’m sure Elon Musk is thrilled I’ll be there. Only people who’ve ponied up $8500-$17000 to attend the weeklong conference (no pressure!!!) get to hear talks live (make that competed to pony up—no pressure!!!), and TED decides when (and whether—no pressure!!!) to post each talk online over the course of the year. Of course I’ll let the world know as soon as it’s available. If words come out—yikes! And yay!!!