For the first time since it began in the early 1980s, the non-profit TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is opening up their speaking platform to us plebs. Anyone with a webcam and an internet connection can submit a one-minute video for a chance to be featured online at TED Talks or even an opportunity to speak at the upcoming TED 2012 Full Spectrum conference. If chosen, you’d join the illustrious ranks of previous TED speakers, such as Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, and Richard Dawkins. If you’re not chosen but still want to attend the conference, you’ll just have to fork over a mere $7,500 with your application. Elitist? Yes. But at least the TED Talks videos are free, like Janine Benyus’s fascinating presentation on biomimicry. What are your favorite TED Talks?