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Andrea Kates Speaking at the TED Conference

Last week I had a wonderful opportunity to speak at the TED Conference. Thomas Stat and I shared the stage for something new, something innovative… two TED talks at the same time. An excerpt from the TED blog with full article link is below.

Dueling TEDTalks: Thomas Stat and Andrea Kates at TED 2012

Photo: James Duncan Davidson

A ‘scheduling snafu’ led to two speakers being booked for the same slot, but Chris Anderson felt he had to honor the comittment to both, so Andrea Kates and Thomas Stat both took the stage and delivered a TEDTalk, at the same time.

Kates and Stat begin tossing out phrases, backed by slides, the nature of which slowly becomes clear.

Stat: The universal hunger for connection.

Kates: The power of analogy…. The universal hunger for connection.

Both: The beauty of metaphor.

Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Then, Kates says, “Shakespeare explored deeply human themes,” while Stat simultaneously claims, ”Roddenberry explored deeply human themes,” and it becomes clear what this is about: Shakespeare vs. Star Trek: is one better, or are they the same.

They choreograph lines weaving the adventures of Kirk and Macbeth, Spock and Prospero.

Kates: Julius Caesar questions relationship in the face of conspiracy.

Stat: Sabatoge and blind judegment… [ Read the rest of this post on the TED blog here ]

One Response to “Andrea Kates Speaking at the TED Conference”

  1. Anders Stampe March 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    The looks like it was a very cool segment.
    I would have loved to have seen it live – but will, curiously, wait for the video to air.

    Looking forward to seeing you live in Herning, Denmark this monday.

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