BIL conference – a TED alternative.


TED (ideas worth spreading) is a world famous conference, and many of us have watched incredible videos of the talks from this conference. However, the attendance of TED is by invitation only (though you can apply for membership). The cost of membership is $ 6,000 a year. Okay, you can only attend if you are an invited member (or make it through the application procedure) and it cost $ 6,000 a year – I think it is fair to say this is in the elitist realm.

update: TED Feb 3-7, 2009 Long Beach, California is sold out :)

Are there any other options out there for the rest of us?


BIL is the answer for the rest of us, which is happening February 7 & 8, 2009 in Long Beach, CA. What is BIL you might ask. BIL is a no cost, ‘open source’, self-organizing conference that covers the same important topics as TED. From BIL website:

BIL is…

an open, self-organizing, emergent, arts, science, society and technology conference.

Anyone can come, just Register.  Anyone can speak, just add a Talk.

If you have an idea to spread, start talking.  If someone is saying something interesting, stop and listen.

Here is a chance to voice your thinking to a wide and open audience. What is BIL really about:

BIL is an ad-hoc conference for people changing the world in big ways. It’s a place for passionate people to come together to energize, brainstorm, and take action. We invite you to bring your world into ours. See you in Long Beach!

To give you a sense of the range of topics covered click here for a list of the 2008 talks.

Do you have any world changing ideas, or want to be involved in world changing ideas? Head to Long Beach in early February and get involved in BIL, share your ideas with spirited, like-minded people.

(p..s – for all you Vancouverites – flight is about $318 return – and might be better deals out there if we hunt).

7 comments for “BIL conference – a TED alternative.

  1. January 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    For a list the proposed talks for BIL 2009, see

  2. January 5, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I am so excited about BIL! :) I hear it was about 300 attendees last year and might be 1000 this year! Can’t wait to meet you guys!


  3. Ward
    January 6, 2009 at 5:24 am


    thanks for adding the list of 2009 speakers.


    glad you are excited about BIL – I am hoping to make the mental leap and make sure I attend.