The Minister has not been invited to give a TED Talk.
However, he has let it be known that he wants to do one and he wants it be brilliant and inspiring. In order to pursue the possibility, I have, for a reasonable fee, obtained a copy of one of the Official TED Talker Application Forms (via Applicationpirates.com) and have started to fill it out for him.
In getting the form, I had to agree to Terms and Conditions requiring that I not pass it on to unauthorized talkers such as the TEDx or TED-Ed speakers. But it didn't say anything about not publishing it in my memoirs.
OFFICIAL TEDTALKER - APPLICATION FORM
National Capital, Castoria
TED Talk Title
Imagination, Creativity, Dreams, and Genomics-Data
Visual Information Social Networking
PLEASE CIRCLE ONE ANSWER FOR EACH OF THE FOLLOWING.
This information is being requested in accordance with federal regulations and will only be used
for the evaluation of TED Talk proposals and amusement at the TED secretariat Christmas party.
(Again, select only one under each category - that's one like just one of the things in each short list)
GENDER AND SOCIAL
An attractive woman
A Nerdy-looking male
None of the above, but intend to include same in presentation visuals
None of the above, but will present images of children and Planet Earth
An academic who will present as an entertainer
An entertainer who will present as an academic
An artist who will present as a new media expert
A new media expert who is into spirituality
I will speak of imagination, creativity, and dreams
In my opening remarks
At the conclusion
Not at all – but with these words on a backdrop
CONTENT AND MESSAGE
I intend to make the world a better place through
Innovative environmental technologies
Exploring the intersection of arts and science
a T-shirt slogan
My counter-intuitive proposition will
confront gender stereotypes
reveal mathematics to be an art and a language
show how competition is fostered by cooperation
be explained to the point of seeming to be intuitive