The countdown's begun to TEDActive, and we know you're all busy getting ready and planning your TEDActive experience. To help with that, Leigh Rowan, attendee of the last two TED simulcast events and organizer of the famous TED@Aspen snowball fight, shares his prep methods.
Leigh Rowan (right) shares a moment with TED speaker Joachim de Posada at TED@Aspen
How are you preparing for TEDActive? Are you bringing anything special or fun with you?
My preparations begin early -- I connect via Facebook, or via the TED Members system and via email with key people that I am looking forward to seeing (either for the first time or again!).
About two weeks before, I'll pack my bags with some of the fun things I'm bringing to TEDActive this year:
- Camera for capturing lots of fun memories
- Comfortable clothing for the pre-conference treks and for during the conference
- Goodies for Hijinks Planning - they don't call it TEDActive for nothin'! But seriously, I'm planning on bringing some fun items that may be used during some of the nightly impromptu parties or the wrap-up festivities... more on that in Palm Springs!
- A tingling brain massager thingy, to help promote the effects of the TED Brain Spa! Last year this was a huge hit.
- Candy from my travels - during the month leading up to TED, I'll be in Europe and the Middle East, so why not bring some sweets to share at the conference?!
I am NOT planning on bringing:
- my iPhone or laptop, except to tweet/update my Facebok status here and there. But NO email!
Then a week before, with bags packed, I take off for the journey to SoCal, fully amped on the experience that comes ahead in Palm Springs!
Which part of TEDActive are you're most excited for? The simulcast, the people, the activities, or something else?
The people are amazing, the simulcast quality and content is incredible, and the surroundings are wonderful ... so, I'm excited for all three! Whether we're watching someone live at the Riviera, (and then speaking with them in a small group/one-on-one afterwards) or watching on the multiple big screens from Long Beach, the content is truly mind-blowing, exciting, uplifting, and inspiring. Without a doubt, the TED content is a huge draw.
But an even bigger draw is the outstanding caliber of attendees, people who are changing the world left and right, and who continually awe me. For me, the best part about TED is the interactions with these folks in the gaps and breaks between the talks, or at any of the nightly parties. Being able to interact directly with speakers, experts and other attendees is where the TED memories are made for me. Talking to a museum curator about her work, engaging with a green energy VC about 21st century battery technology, discussing my travels in Kenya with a cultural anthropologist - these are the interactions I'm excited for, and the memories I hope to recreate each time I'm at TED!
What are you hoping to take away from this experience? On your last day, what do you hope to have gained?
On my last day, I hope to have made new connections to great people, as I have at my past two TEDs. The conference isn't about collecting business cards, though; instead, TED is about forging new friendships, creating new networks of people to bounce ideas off of, and finding new like-minded business associates who can help change the world for the better. My hope is that I can stay in close contact with these new connections for the following year - until I see them again at TED 2011!I look forward to being completely exhausted on Saturday afternoon - run down from a week of exploring so much and sleeping too little and being challenged too much and partying just the right amount. Yet after the TED experience, I'm also full of energy to go back into the world and to make a difference, and to carry forward the powerful experience I just had in Palm Springs!
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