I don't know much about the watered-down version TEDxNUS but I do know that TED hosts a lot of very interesting talks, some of which I have viewed with great delight on YouTube. Whatever the quality of TEDxNUS may be, the very short write-up on its home page is a bit of a letdown: TEDxNUS can't even get its language right.
I don't know if NUS has anything to do with TEDxNUS but I can't help linking this with this blog post I wrote half a year ago about an illiterate bus ad by NUSS, the 'Graduate Club'. Just two days ago, I saw the same ad on an NUS shuttle bus.
Let's take a look at what TEDxNUS says:
However, 'meetup' (single word) as used on the website of TEDxNUS is clearly an error.
While you may say this error of TEDxNUS may easily be resolved by just clicking the space bar, there is another error which smacks of illiteracy. In my book, anyone who can write 'These are issues we are all familiar with, but not necessarily understand' clearly has no understanding of the different types and functions of English verbs. It is not incorrect to say that verbs are the most important of all the parts of speech and anyone who does not understand English verbs does not speak English.