While exploring the second-hand stores in Edinburgh, I found several boxes of cards used to teach the English language. I was first attracted to the graphics (straight out of the 60’s), then became intrigued by the thoughtfulness behind the cards. They combine the fun of puzzles with the task of learning new words. This struck me as similar to where our culture seems to be moving, with the blending of work and play. Funny that someone back in the 60’s understood the magic of putting the two together.
The set up was brutal, but I’m finding everyone involved in setting up TEDGlobal to be the best people to work with. The highlight of my work here is the simulcast space in Cromdale Hall. It has a great feel – packed all the time. It’s a mix of different simulcast settings, exhibits from the speakers, and interactive installation. Everyone seems to be loving it.
Working on TEDGlobal 2011 – The Stuff of Life. It’s coming together and going to be so great – it will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland. I leave on July 8th. Lots of hard work but the reward of attending the conference makes it all worth it. The speaker line up is impressive once again. More shots soon from the EICC as we set up.