Gresham College has existed for centuries in the United Kingdom. Located in London, it has been providing free lectures by some of the greatest minds in the world since 1597. Think of Gresham as the original TED, 400 years before TED was even conceived.
Living in London, I go to a lecture at Gresham from time to time when I can nab a seat, but now thanks to a grant from the City of London Corporation and the Mercers' Company, getting a seat for a talk at Gresham won't be a problem anymore as the college has joined the mobile age with the release of the official Gresham College app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The app allows users to browse more than 350 lectures, from some of the world's greatest minds including Bill Bryson, Sir Andrew Motion, Baroness Deech, The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Rt Hon John Bercow (Speaker of the House of Commons), Professor Niall Ferguson and more. More than 150 new lectures are added every year. Users can discover new topics through the archive of knowledge, ordered into 11 subjects such as: art and literature, business, history, law, mathematics, medical science, music, politics, religion, science and unusual, and share or bookmark their favorites. Best of all, the videos can be downloaded for offline viewing.
If you're a fan of TED, I urge you to check out the Gresham College app. Though Gresham talks do not have the slick production values that TED talks do, their content often meets or exceeds TED's. But it's not like you need to choose, right? Go ahead and grab them both.