Today, we've got TED virgin Kenneth Hughes explaining how he's preparing for TEDActive. Coming to TED for the first time is pretty exciting, possibly intimidating, but most of all, fun! Kenneth has been putting some effort into getting ready for the conference, asking all the right questions and generally making sure that he gets the most out of his experience.
How are you preparing for TEDActive?
I am embarrassed to admit this, but I am very methodical and relentless beast -- I personally seek to make my first experience as if it were my sixth time going. I am an extremely busy person and do not have time to wallflower on most experiences.
I started by reading the entire site.
I emailed a few questions to the contact listed on the site to establish communication and more understanding.
I then scheduled lunches with friends that have gone and interrogated them on all aspects of the experience.
I also started outlining about 12 lectures that I beat down to two or three presentations for TEDYOU, which I feel is important to partake in, both to show my perspectives and inspirations and to attract like-minded people and insights.
I then hunted the kindly TEDActive leaders down by finding their contacts through my secret sources.
I work hard to try and be accurate with details on my profile and on my badge questions, etc. so as to find the people I must know or must know me as efficiently as possible.
There is more … but you get the point.
Are you bringing anything special or fun with you?
Hmmm ... I am bringing my contemplated ideas and a fearless demeanor to share them and be seen. Not necessarily my customary demeanor.
Which part of TEDActive are you're most excited for? The simulcast, the people, the activities, or something else?
I really am intrigued with it all but probably think the most about the TEDYOU, not as a narcissist, but because it requires the most preparation for me.
What are you hoping to take away from this experience?
I actually have an outline of goals -- surprising isn’t it? I want to see and know the whole experience. I want to know the inspirations of the creators and the attendees. I want to find my place in it all. I want to further my own needs of growing the world and being around those that are ruthlessly active in doing so.
On your last day, what do you hope to have gained?
Community -- a thinking and creative community that I can contribute to and can be inspired by.
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