TEDWomen 2013 celebrated invention in all its forms. Not just technology and things, but also solutions to poverty; approaches to peacemaking; expressions of art, and, at times, our own lives. Some of the questions we're asking: How does geography impact innovation? How do new technologies shape our lives? How do great ideas take flight? How can meaningful change be imagined, fostered, and scaled?
More than 150 TEDx events around the world took part (including our own!), sharing the livestream around the theme "Invented Here." The result: A truly global conversation -- from San Francisco to São Paulo to Seoul -- celebrating inventors and designers; thinkers and makers; local problem-solvers and global leaders.
Over the past three years, TEDWomen has launched some powerful ideas into the world. In 2010, Sheryl Sandberg gave the talk that led to her groundbreaking book Lean In. In 2011, Jane Fonda gave a mind-shifting talk on the unexpected "third act" in women's lives now. In 2012, Angela Patton told the unforgettable tale of a father-daughter dance … held in prison.
This year's program delivered similarly groundbreaking ideas. Women are so often the creative powerhouses driving progress, and the active force crystalizing change in communities worldwide. From small, local solutions to global movements, the power of women's invention is visible in every region, in every field.
In Sacramento, we gathered at The Urban Hive, an uber-cool coworking space in Midtown Sacramento to watch the simulcast, share ideas, and make new friends. We lunched together in groups of six at area restaurants so that we could take the conversation beyond the simulcast.
We are all already looking forward to TED's program for TEDxWomen 2014!