Ask TED Curator Chris Anderson Anything!

Posted by: Matthew Trost

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TED’s curator Chris Anderson was born in a remote village in Pakistan, and spent his early years in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in philosophy, and then trained as a journalist. He built Imagine Media, publisher of Business 2.0 magazine, and creator of the popular games website IGN.

These successes allowed Anderson to create a private nonprofit foundation, the Sapling Foundation, to find new ways of tackling global issues by leveraging media, technology, entrepreneurship, and most of all, ideas. Sapling acquired the TED Conference in 2001, and Anderson then left his businesses to focus on growing TED.

Since then, TED has expanded with initiatives such as TEDx, the Open Translation Project, the TED Prize and TEDTalks (which have been watched 200 million times since they were launched in 2006).

Submit your questions on Reddit and we’ll ask him the highest-voted ones as of noon Pacific time on Friday, January 22nd. (Note: Any questions in the comments of this blog entry will not be eligible.)

Watch his 2002 TEDTalk:

See the results of past Ask Anythings:
+ TED and Reddit interview Hans Rosling
+ TED and Reddit interview Sir Ken Robinson
+ TED and Reddit interview Karen Armstrong

Comments (7)

  • Jonathan Drury commented on Nov 22 2013

    I wanted to notify you of a recent serious issue I encountered on the TED site regarding one of the anonymous web staff members. I posted a critic of the following TED talk:
    A short while later, the comment disappeared. I replayed, and again it disappeared. I shocked to find they were being deleted, and in short order realized this was almost certainly because one of the TED staff did not agree with my experiences and ideas, and so chose to delete them. There was nothing “offensive” in my post. It was deleted because of an inconvenient truth. I hope I don’t have to explain why censorship of this kind is a serious threat to the entire TED concept.
    What can be done about this breach of liberty and free speech for apparently self-serving reasons?
    And I’ll post my deleted comment again: Why is there no TEDxMen section? Why are speakers like Dr. Warren Farrell, Erin Pizzey, or Karen Straughan not invited to speak on true gender equality?

    I’ve been involved with TED since 2006, and this is the first time I’ve felt staff using personal bias to attack a member. I hope this is an isolated incident. If it is not, would it be perhaps because some politically correct issues are considered above discussion, and the opinion of the speaker must be accepted as infallible truth? If so, please post a warning notice above those talks indicating that any critique or serious disagreement with the opinions and concepts therein is forbidden. This would save a lot of trouble for everyone involved.

    • Jonathan Drury commented on Nov 22 2013

      iphone autocorrect mistakes, I’m sure you can understand the meaning

  • Thomas Przemyslaw Zychowski commented on Aug 17 2010

    Mr. Anderson I am wondering why you would invite a speaker and then belittle them later. I am referring to Sara Silverman. I did not see her speech, I want to see it. I thought Ted was here to enlighten people. Freedom sir, true freedom is the ability to tell others what they do not want to hear. Who are you to decide what we should and should not watch.

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  • Tony Yet commented on Jan 19 2010

    What about inviting some more non-English speaking thinkers and doers to the TED stage and broaden the reach of “ideas worth spreading”?

  • Ragnar Birko commented on Jan 18 2010

    It had an awesome start and it still going strong! & yes, yes, many many thanks! TED gives me way more than I will ever be able to give back. We are in your debt.