By COLlive reporter
On September 12, the speaking platform TED welcomed its latest class to the TED Residency program, billed as an in-house incubator for breakthrough ideas.
The 21 Residents spent 14 weeks in TED’s New York headquarters working and thinking together. Organizers said the class included “exceptional people from all over the map — from Bulgaria to South Africa, Canada to Kansas.”
One of them was Mordechai Lightstone, an ordained rabbi who lives in Crown Heights and works as the social media editor of Chabad.org. He is the founder of Tech Tribe which organizes Jewish programming for tech-minded people.
Passionate about using new media to further Jewish identity and community building, Lightstone gave a speech on what ancient lessons from the Torah can teach us about the internet age.
Despite the toxicity that the world wide web spews, Lightstone extols the potential of the internet and challenges us to spread positivity and light, quoting the Rebbe.