The first TEDx conference I attended was an eye-opener. Two months later, my second TEDx event confirms that these gatherings are well worth attending. The notion of "ideas worth spreading" is too tame. Some of the ideas presented are life-altering — in a good way. So why does it seem that so many people still don't know about TED and its philosophy? How else can I explain the knowledge silos that persist in so many places, such as — and it pains me to say this — the organization I work for? I've worked at other large companies, and they all suffer internal gaps in communication. The key point I took away from today is the foundational role that storytelling plays in culture, for any organization or society that wants to develop some form of robust self-understanding. Data + analysis + presentation = actionable insight. I intend to apply this to my work. I've feasted at a brain banquet. Now, to digest.