Carole Young has attended quite a few TEDs, both the simulcast and regular conference. She keeps coming back to the simulcast for a few reasons, that she shares below, along with some sage advice on getting ready for TEDActive.
How are you preparing for TEDActive? Are you bringing anything special or fun with you?
Of course, TED is always a major topic of discussion in our family--so I'm constantly in a TED mode. However, as the date approaches, I begin to focus on it more. I pull out some of my TED Book Club books, touch base with friends who will be at TEDActive, start checking the TED website and blog for program information and for information on other attendees, and in general begin to gear up for another amazing experience.
Which part of TEDActive are you most excited for? The simulcast, the people, the activities, or something else?
Actually, I'm excited about the whole thing. However, I especially enjoy the opportunity for stimulating conversations with fascinating people.
What are you hoping to take away from this experience? On your last day, what do you hope to have gained?
I hope to have expanded my knowledge, gained some new insights and perspectives, and made some interesting new friends. That has been the case for the past seven years.
I've heard that you have a nickname at TEDActive. Would you like to share what it is and how you got it?
You're right about the nickname--it's "Mom" (for Rives it's "Mama Young"). Lots of people at TEDActive learned that I am Kelly's Mom. They can't always remember my name, so I've just become "Mom" to everybody!
What was it like attending the TED simulcasts after having attended the TED conference?
I am one of those people who prefer the simulcast, because of it's size and the ease with which you can interact with other attendees. For me, it has the feel of the larger TED, but with the advantage of being more intimate. Of course, having Kelly as a host makes it extra special for me too!!
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