In September – on my birthday no less – I delivered a talk about bees, myths, babies, preconceptions, and swarm journalism to 1800 people at TEDxBoulder.
It was a tremendous amount of work (they didn’t tell me until after I said I’d do it that the talk had to be memorized), a terrifying experience, and also quite gratifying, thanks both to the near-orgasmic sense of release after I had given my talk (I got to go 2nd, so was able to enjoy the rest of the night), and to the fact that I got to spend a month’s worth of Wednesday nights practicing with a bunch of really interesting people — my neighbors! who knew! — whose talks all, uniformly, blew and expanded my mind, on subjects ranging from prosthetic legs to disaster preparedness to building bridges to open source hardware to making unpopular decisions.
You can find their talks on youtube (my co-speakers were: Nathan Seidle, Avery Bang, Brady Robinson, Cristin Myrick, Alena Grabowski, Don Whittemore, Tim Shisler, Erika Napoletano, Jen Rubio and Shannon Paige). And here was my contribution.