Michael Stone will be speaking at TEDx Toronto on September 26. TEDx are independently organized events under the TED brand, “designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.”
In anticipation of his talk, TEDx released a teaser video. The two-minute video is slick and beautifully edited, with quick cuts, memorable images and clear narration by Stone as he gives us a taste of what he’ll be talking about (his journey to becoming a highly regarded dharma and yoga teacher, how waking up disrupts our accelerated culture, etc). The editing, pacing and narration create a sense of urgency and excitement.
We see childhood photos, nature scenes, Toronto street cars, Occupy stills, Buddha heads, dense urban streets. And synched with Stone telling us he trained to be a yoga teacher we get:
The video was produced by a digital media agency, Biz Media, and I’m sure is no reflection of TEDx or the content of Stone’s talk. They probably just Googled “yoga” and this still (which is from this Briohny Smyth video for Equinox) came up, and they were like, “That’s hot, let’s use it.”
Also problematic in the video: when Stone mentions his uncle in a mental institution, the accompanying shot is a “crazy person” in an asylum banging on a window. Perhaps the folks at Biz Media should brush on their visual culture theory.
But whatevs! I’m sure Michael Stone’s talk at TEDx Toronto will be fabulous, problematic promo aside. If you’re in Toronto you should go, September 26, at the Royal Conservatory of Music.