The Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference, held annually in Monterey, California, is to ideas what South by Southwest is to music or Sundance is to film - the single most important place to discover new things and hear fascinating people. It's so successful that the 2008 conference is already sold out.
I really, really want to go to this thing. Maybe in 2009. Until then, many of the presentations are available online, kind of like YouTube for innovators. William McDonough, the way-farthest-out-there sustainability guy, has a talk about his "cradle to cradle" philosophy. Carl Honore talks about the power of slow. Steven Levitt talks about "crack economics." And, for a more holistic (and humourous) touch, Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) talks about body-and-soul happiness.
Bookmark this page. Check it out when you can. It's a source of constant inspiration, and regardless of your area of interest - design, technology, writing, music, sales - you'll find something to stir new thoughts in your brain.
Edited to add: I had no idea when I started this post that this concept - sharing TED presentations online - was so new. It launched yesterday. Here's the NY Times article on the relaunch of TED.com