(If you don't know what TED and TEDx are - and since you've been apparently have been living under a rock - click here:http://www.ted.com/pages/about to get the skinny. TED is awesome.)
I'm on the board for my local TEDx event. One of the first thing I noticed was the cognitive function make up of my fellow board members.
TEDx Core Leadership Team
ENFP (Ne>Fi>Te>Si) <- Me
ENTP (Ne>Ti>Fe>Si) <- Curator
We've got an incredible bias toward N thinking going on which doesn't surprise me too much. TED's self-stated purpose is to share/promote/laud "ideas worth spreading." Any organization that is expressly dedicated to "ideas" would naturally tend to attract Ns.
What is far more interesting to me is that the core leadership team is not just N, but almost exclusively N-dominant. (Poor INFP odd man out.) I remember when I finally typed everyone.* It was absolutely fascinating (and pretty funny) to watch a whole bunch of N-doms interact in real life. (Whew, I actually longed for a little S perspective by the end of that meeting. Ha ha!)
So my first questions is this:
Is there something about TED/TEDx that would appeal to Ne/Ni doms more than Ne/Ni auxiliaries?
My experience could just be a statistical accident, but my gut tells me there is something more going on here than just random luck. There must be something about TED that is particularly attractive to N-doms.
The next logical question is this:
What differentiates N-dominants from N-auxiliaries?
Sure all N's have stuff in common. But what about flavors of N-ness? Sure the differences between Ne and Ni have been discussed a lot on this forum. But what about the differences between N-dominants from N-auxiliaries?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.
*Some people were typed through observation. But most were typed through self-disclosure. We actually discussed our respective MBTI types at one meeting.