About Didier

Languages

English, French, German

TED Conference

TEDGlobal 2011

Areas of Expertise

Strategic Awakening, Brainstorming, Management and Leadership, Sales & Marketing

An idea worth spreading

Ideas live through words and words through langages and cultures ... TED does a fantastic job along the line of spreading ideas around the planet.
Being a translator I happily joined the TED move. As an organizer and curator of a TEDx event, I took a step further.

A bientot

I'm passionate about

Change: it is the only enduring subject I know !

Talk to me about

Business
Economy and Strategy
Human mind and culture, change
Environmental change and adaptations
Philosophy and Sciences

People don't know I'm good at

Well TEDx helped me realized that I could select relatively unknown but interesting speakers and help focus and rehearse talks in the TED manner.

My TED story

I watched my first TED talk in October 2010: Laurie Santos on the limitations of the human brain.
I shortly after beacame a TED translator (French) and heard about TEDx events.
In November, I took a trip to Biarritz and participated in TEDxBasqueCountry organized by Caroline Philips and shortly after became a TEDx licensee.
Tried to put together a "TEDxMetz" and finally co-organized and curated "TEDxLaDefense" and then TEDParisUniversites. I now help other organizers locally prepare their speakers.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Didier Chambaretaud
Posted almost 2 years ago
Tom Wujec: Build a tower, build a team
I have tried this too with 5 competing teams of 5 business school students and got average results which means, in my case, that these business students did a little better than average business students. I used the game to organize a second challenge. Each group had to "sell" its projet to the assembly of the others representing the client. They voted for the 4 projects other than their own on the following criteria: height, respect of client intent, deadline respect, presentation quality, honesty. And the best group finally also wan the second challenge but just barely. A curious combination of two attitudes surfaced. On the one hand, the voters tried to eliminate their closest competition and they also were very linient so as to create no vengeful attitude ! Indeed some politics took place. This leads me to the idea that TED-talks, at least some of them, can lead not just to inspirational ideas but also to direct practical experiments. My further concern about this experiment will be: " will the student really learn something about cooperation or will they consider it only just another trick or a funny game at best ?"
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Didier Chambaretaud
Posted about 3 years ago
Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation
Some people here tend to consider that these findings are not new and run the risk of disqualifying this talk for a wrong reason. If something is new here it is not the experiments Daniel Pink bases his reasoning on nor the motivation theories. The interesting element he points out is the mismatch between these rather oldish scientific findings and HR methods and beliefs still widly used today in the business world. A possible new element, in his speech, is the fact that economists have finally started to recognize the importance of the social psychologists findings or even what plain good sense recommends ... TED's business is about spreading ideas that are not always new. It's about getting people from other fields of research or who don't do any research at all (like in plain ordinary business) to consider new (for them) things or old ones from a different point of view. Put a reasonably (even old) good idea to work and you might change the world ! Try, you might like the results !
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Didier Chambaretaud
Posted over 3 years ago
Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to hummingbird drone
Actually, I did translate a couple of talks and felt afterwards that my first understanding was not deep enough. I that case, I feel that Regina's talk really is inadvertently more about her doubts than about science nor technical wonders... After all, doubts are a great subject too if we accept that a talk is not always about answering questions but rather sometimes about asking them ... Regina could perhaps not go too far down that path ... or was not ready yet. The debate here clearly illustrates the kind of doubts that one can have. Am I candid in that ? I think that true progress can be achieved when it starts right where we stand (in that case: in a military lab), not in an ideal peaceful world. Progress can then end up as Regina says ... you never know where, may be saving planet earth !!! Finally, having someone officially representing a military agency expressing (although a bit clumsily) her inner candid doubts in such a way is to me a sure sign of some kind of human progress. I credit TED for that.
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Didier Chambaretaud
Posted over 3 years ago
Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to hummingbird drone
I have just finished the translation of this talk. Being forced to really deeply listen to be able to translate accurately, I have experienced several cases where I suddenly felt like defending the speaker when he or she was criticized in this forum. This time, I remain a little "untouched" by this talk. Clearly, I enjoy being amazed by the wonders of science and technology but it is clear that Regina falls a bit short to answer Chris understated "questions". She is trying to be emotional which is of course typical of a TED talk. She puts forward the help and support of her dead collegue ... and still why do I feel that her show does not sound quite natural ? However, we still need to believe in some kind of human progress. And we know that some of our greatest achievements came about thanks to military investments and in that sense I totally agree with Victor's stand point and I accept Regina's enthousiasm for DARPA ... At the same time, Regina is so willing to convince us that I wonder whether she is totally convinced herself. Look at the way she uneasily partly avoids Chris' last question ... Defending innovation from a military view point in front of a TED audience is already something. And I will keep her piece of advice: "be nice to nerds" because we need more than ever to find new solutions to both old and new challenges !
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Didier Chambaretaud
Posted almost 4 years ago
Kate Hartman: The art of wearable communication
This talk raises a bit of a controversy. Although the subject is totally different, this talk reminds me of Edward Tenner on «unexpected consequences ». I have just finished the translation of Kate's talk subtitles in French just the way I finished those of Mr Tenner a couple of weeks ago and much in the same way, I suddenly discover criticisms on the TED forum. Criticisms are fine to me but I'd like to share with you my personal experience with this talk. At first, like some of you, I was not impressed. Then after finishing the translation, I slowly realized the importance of kate's message. I first viewed her creations as funny ways to attract attention. Not art really, not science for sure. Just humour at best. Then, going through the text and symbols one by one, I realized that Kate is a fantastic educationalist. The very reactions about her talk are in themselves an evidence of what she is saying. I am no serious judge about Art but I suddenly understood how deep her message ran about « LISTENING » and how this might shape our personal and collective future... If you are interested, my blog (see profile) develops a few items about Kate'talk around: TED, humour, teaching, interfaces, Art and scams. I hope it not against this forum's policy but my article would too long here.
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Didier Chambaretaud
Posted almost 4 years ago
Sarah Kaminsky: My father the forger
There are cultures where watching a subtitled movie is acceptable and others where it is really out of place. Watching a Ted video in English with French subtiles is OK in France for The existing Teders. However for a wider audience both in Europe and internationally your idea should be taken into account. I don t know if it is a projet at TED.
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Didier Chambaretaud
Posted almost 4 years ago
Sarah Kaminsky: My father the forger
Hello Kevin, Being an organiser of a Tedx event in France where it is not an option to run talks in English, I am curious about your opinion and experience of a talk like this one. You like it and French seem to be alien to you. Do you mean that English subtitles are not a solution ? What would you suggest ? Cheers
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Didier Chambaretaud
Posted almost 4 years ago
Edward Tenner: Unintended consequences
Hi everyone, This talk deserves more than hasty comments or sarcasms. I have just completed the translation in French and on one hand I tend to agree with Adam: this talk is not very well constructed and the arguments could be better articulated. When you look at the text in details to translate it, it is sometimes painful. This speaker possibly illustrates the limits of storytelling. But it is clear on the other hand that Dr Tenner takles a very important issue that we should pay attention to. Therefore, I also appreciate what Tobias ans Astra say for example. The conclusion might appear too obvious but it is not. There is a real message of hope in this talk. Hope for Mankind and potential promises of endeavours for individuals or communities... Furthermore, this talk reminds me of the necessity of humility, determination and curiosity in science and technology at a time (today) when so many tend to loose hope. It especially reminds me of Horace Walpole's serendipity (when someone finds something that they weren't expecting ) as a principle of today's evolutionof old fashion "Progress"... We live in a dangerous world of our own making but we also have the ability to find solutions ... if we adopt a new mind set ! Not bad at all if you look at all the practicle examples from the past provided in this talk.
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Didier Chambaretaud
Posted about 4 years ago
Do you have a suggestion for TED? Something we could do better?
Hello Will, Yes, I have a very clear suggestion for TED: why don't we we make TED a truly multi-cultural media by promoting talks worldwide in their original language dubded in English as well as in other languages ? As a TEDx organizer and promoter while living in eastern France in parts that changed nationalities several times, I still see in our cities the remains of the war that raged here and yet little is done to promote our cross cultural inheritage. I dream to organize a TEDx involving three or for countries (France, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium) and several languages including English all involved in a local TED program. Unfortunately, at the moment only English speaking talks would get visibility. I am ready to discuss this in Edinburgh or on TEDc. Best regards Didier