Why TEDActive? Thoughts on what makes this conference “an ‘a-ha’ experience”


Originally posted on TED Blog:

At TEDActive, collaborative At TEDActive, collaborative thinking is what it’s all about.

TEDActive was born with a bang in Aspen, Colorado, in 2008. Quite literally. Less than 24 hours before the conference was supposed to start, the sprinklers erupted and drenched the simulcast lounges — red beanbag chairs and all — with buckets of water. But instead of letting despair sink in, everyone grabbed a mop, towel, bucket, hairdryer or dehumidifier and dug in. What could have been a disaster ended up being a success. It defined the spirit of all TEDActives to come: one of taking action, of spontaneity and of all hands on deck.

TEDActive is a simulcast experience that runs in parallel to the TED conference every year. But, there’s so much more to it. The “Active” in its name comes from the observation that when you get a bunch of doers together in the same room and throw in…

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