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Who’ll be at TEDActive? Meet a few more of this year’s movers and shakers

Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May

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TEDActive lets you watch every single talk of TED2013, but without having to sit in an auditorium for hours at a time. TEDActive attendees get to watch the conference while lounging around the La Quinta Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, taking part in participatory art projects and going on all kinds of field trips for adults. (Check out the 10 coolest things that have happened at TEDActive.)

Another regular feature of TEDActive? Campfires. Here, six people who you can make s’mores with this year.

Diane-HatzMeet Diane Hatz…

What interests you?

People interest me—I love listening to what other people are doing and have done. I also am interested in philosophy, especially Buddhism.

What problem are you trying to solve?

I’m trying to shift the US food system to one that is sustainable, healthy and accessible to all. I raise awareness and put on special events (like TEDxManhattan) on issues related to sustainable food and farming.

What piece of advice would you give to someone coming to TEDActive for the first time?

Don’t force it—just let it happen.

Thierry-PiletteMeet Thierry Pilette…

What interests you?

People, connecting, authenticity, family and friends, my children, seeking out fulfillment and happiness, TED, wine, learning, challenging preconceptions, making mistakes.

What piece of advice would you give to someone coming to TEDActive for the first time?

Be yourself and enjoy the ride.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?

Making my children laugh.

TerezaMeet Tereza Nemessanyi…

Where is your favorite place on earth?

Prague.

What interests you?

I love stories where someone creates something out of nothing. I never seem to tire of them. To me, this is the most fundamental mark of being human.

What problem are you trying to solve?

In the manufacturing era, innovation was treated as a special case, outside the edges. In the social era, it is the emergent norm, something that needs to happen everyday. The tectonic plates are delivering us into a ‘continuous deployment’ world. This suggests people will need to get ever better at innovating, and will need to do it over the entirety of their lifespan. And yet our vision of how innovation gets done is stuck in a 50-year-old framework of young men in garages. I am obsessed with finding new models of innovation that are lifespan sustainable, and inclusive and accessible to all walks of life.

Robert-AgouriMeet Robert Agouri

Where is your favorite place on earth?

I could lie and say something profound but, really, it’s watching the Habs play at the Bell Centre. Outside of hockey season, any beach in the world.

What’s your favorite thing about TEDActive? 

It’s taken me a few years to figure out how to best enjoy it. In the first couple of years, I went to the parties and events, but I get so little time to myself in my everyday life that this time really became quite special because I now park myself in a spot, soak in the talks and go back to my room and think about what I’ve seen and heard. I go for a run, read, relax and catch up on sleep. It’s my 5-day reboot.

What’s your favorite TED Talk?

Rives’ 4 AM talk is a special kind of genius.

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Meet Christopher Everett…

Where is your favorite place on earth?

My farm in Wisconsin.

What’s your favorite thing about TEDActive?

Finding a community of people like me—living on the edges of their lives and work—helps me feel less alone when I return home.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?

Three things: kindred spirits, examples of kindness, two red-headed poodles.

Want to be at TEDActive, February 25 through March 1 in Palm Springs, California? Find out much more information, including how to apply >>

And stay tuned to the TEDActive website for new attendee profiles, going up every week until the conference.

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