|The ski slopes come right to the back of the hotel|
I come to TEDActive primarily to force myself to think. The TED talks are usually thought provoking as are the attendees. I do my best to attend all of the talks. I also force myself to talk with people as that often turns out to be some of the best parts of the week.
Mark and I arrived late Sunday night (1:00am local time) after a long day of travel. I was rather sore from having run my first half marathon with about 4,000 people at the Tobacco Road Marathon & Half Marathon. Fortunately, the first day of TEDActive did not really get started until the afternoon. (Check out Mark's impressions of things on his blog.)
|This year's somewhat disappointing goodie bag|
The first set of sessions was a bit disappointing. The theme this year is The Next Chapter which is meant to look back at the first 30 years of TED and forward to the next 30. Nicholas Negroponte seemed like the perfect person to get things started as he spoke at the first TED and has made a career of looking into the future of technology. Unfortunately, his talk seemed to consist mostly of showing how he had correctly predicted the future over his career.
|Kelly and Rives hosting from the TEDActive stage|
At the evening parties, I spoke with a number of interesting folks and forced myself to at least exchange greetings with the hosts of TEDActive, Kelly and Rives. All in all, it was a nice start. I’m looking forward to the next several days!
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