Ken Ring not welcome at Christchurch TED event

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Chris Keall

Sorry about the Moon Man reference in the headline, but I wanted to get some attention for this worthy event (and, as it happens, it's kind of true. Ken Ring, one of the speakers at TEDxAuckland, is not on the agenda for the Christchurch event. The organisers didn't want to comment further, but the reasons are reasonably obvious).

Anyhow, if you even vaguely follow technology or new media, you'll know that TED, founded curated by Chris Anderson, features inspirational speakers from many fields. It's the event where Bill Gates, famously, released live mosquitos into the crowd to publicise developing world health issues. 

The TEDx events are affiliated with the main US gig.

Christchurch already had one on the cards for later this year, but social media guru Kaila Colbin has organised an extra event, dubbed TEDxEQChCh, to help get the city back on its feet.

Speakers include former San Francisco mayor Art Argos, and Yike Bike's Grant Ryan. It all happens this weekend at the Aurora Centre for the Performing Arts. Check out the programme here.

For Android types, the event has now been added to the TEDxGuide here.


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Cheap shot at Ken Ring, get a life...

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Try living in Christchurch through March, and you would have seen how cheaply we held Ken Ring' s interfering charlatanism.

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Try living in Christchurch through March, and you would have seen how cheaply we held Ken Ring' s interfering charlatanism.

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TED is about ideas worth sharing.

Since Ken Ring's ideas are ridiculous rubbish, they are not worth sharing and so should not be welcomed at TED.

I for one was dissapointed he was on the agenda at TEDxAKl. His talk was the worst of the event by far

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The aim as I understand it of this Tedx Christchurch event is to share inspirational intelligence not fear. Thank you for not putting Mr. Ring on the agenda.

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So are all you nay sayers gonna shoot the weather man, the government financial controllers and everyone else who does not get things right, at least Ken has been on the money for most.

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