Watch "Inside TED" on DVD. Then think about the $4,500 price tag on the conference and you'll come to the same conclusion I did: There needs to be a lower-cost local version of TED held in all the major cities that can support 1,000 people and their meeting for a kickass conference to share ideas and change the world, one city at a time.
TED is copywritten and trademarked and so forth, so the name must change, but the idea is solid, that the best/brightest/creativist/talentest should all get together, present for 18 minutes to each other, then have lunch with each other later and collaborate.
Me, I want to start the one here in Seattle, and I want to film the process by which I do so, then I want to see that turned into a TV show that showcases the changes that the Micro-TEDsters forced into being. This idea is worth 3 ideas, just in case you're counting along with me each day...Kablammo x3!