BIL stands for Beauty. Ingenious. Learning. It is described as an
open self organizing, emergent,and anarchic science and technology conference.
Nobody is in charge.
If you want to come, just show up.
If you have an idea to spread, start talking.
If someone is saying something interesting, stop and listen.
BIL is too kind hearted to say so, but the implication is that TED is part of the problem it means to solve. TED is top down, centralized, hierarchical, elite driven, celebrity centered, and, at $6000 a ticket, really expensive.
It would have been one thing if BIL merely existed in the world. But to set up shop across the street from TED? On the very two days that TED is running? This is agit prop. This is mischief. BIL appears to be the idea jamboree it says it is. But it is also very clearly means to make itself an opportunity for comparison.
With thanks to Thomas Hawk for the photo of Lady Birds convening.