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The week I look forward to all year long

The week I look forward to all year long

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We’re all looking for a tribe — a group of people we can talk with, bat around ideas with, make things happen with. And we’re all looking for inspiration — things to spark our imagination, send us off in new directions, and keep us buoyed when things get tough. One week each year, TED hosts []

10 signs you should be at TEDActive next March

10 signs you should be at TEDActive next March

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TEDActive is for the thinkers, doers and dreamers of the world. An action-packed event that runs parallel to the annual TED conference, TEDActive is meant for people who want to hear new ideas — then create ripple effects of action around them. TEDActive 2015 will take place March 16-20 in Whistler, British Columbia, and explore []

TEDActive, in Instagrams

TEDActive, in Instagrams

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Take the TED Conference and add a generous helping of play, a sprinkling of colorful creativity, a lot of red beanbags, an endless supply of coffee, and a plethora of riveting conversations around fire pits with a tribe of smart, quirky people from all over the world and — voila! — you have the recipe []

A garden party with Ron Finley

A garden party with Ron Finley

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“You ain’t gangsta unless you have a garden,” says Ron Finley. In this special video for CNN, Finley shares more about the idea he posited at TED2013 for improving health in his neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles — planting edible gardens wherever a strip of land is available. “What we do is literally put vegetable gardens []

A Scrabble board of TED Fellows

A Scrabble board of TED Fellows

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While the majority of the TED Fellows headed to TED2013 to give talks on their incredible work, a smaller group headed to TEDActive, representing the program while embedded in the Palm Springs action. Artist Colleen Flanigan was among them, and created this adorable, Scrabble-themed animation to represent the Fellows there with her. Here’s what she []

10 tips on how to talk to people at TEDActive

10 tips on how to talk to people at TEDActive

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1. Start with a smile. “Smiling is one of the most basic, biologically-uniform expressions of all humans,” says Ron Gutman. Watch his TED Talk about the hidden power of smiling. 2. Just say hi. All it takes is one hello to open up doors. Here’s how to say “hello” in 150 different languages. 3. Remember: you are interesting! []

Registration is open for TED2014 and TEDActive 2014: The Next Chapter

Registration is open for TED2014 and TEDActive 2014: The Next Chapter

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We’re thrilled to announce the opening of registration for TED2014: The Next Chapter. It’s TED’s 30th anniversary, and we’ll be seeking to understand the most significant developments of the past 30 years … and applying that knowledge to understand what’s ahead. The theme makes it easy for us to reach out to the world’s greatest []

TEDActive: the trailer

TEDActive: the trailer

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Yes, TEDActive is about listening to the great talks broadcast from TED in Long Beach. But it’s also about going on hikes, participating in flash mobs, immersing yourself in art projects, dancing, and stepping up to the mic to give your own TED Talk. Pique your interest? Watch the video above to hear much more. []