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I am currently at TEDGlobal in beautiful Edinburgh. TCondon designed the many social spaces here at the venue and I am sticking around to recharge and be inspired. A huge perk from collaborating on events like the TED series is having easy access to some of the best ideas and thinking in the world, unfolding all around me.

Day 3 is tomorrow and the stage has been set for a very engaging week. “Think Again” is the theme this year and the challenge is to open one’s mind to the possibility that old ways of thinking must evolve as the world is changing. The status quo is certainly being challenged: Could stress actually be good for us? Maybe. Can men be comfortable with not being the bread winner in the family? Probably. Are you open to loosening the hold you have on the way you understand the world around you?

As I mentioned, T. Condon once again designed the social spaces at this event. Always striving to create a great vibe, the design intent was to craft a unique experience. Imagine combining a comfortable lounge and café with a cool book store, coffee shop indulgences, a Getty art gallery and intriguing technology innovations showcased in the Autodesk Exhibit. This combination is a big hit – I am seeing many connections and conversations happening throughout this lively space. It is exactly the types of interactions we were designing for. And, if you are here be sure to see the other exhibits throughout the entire building. Great stuff.

A personal favorite this year — don’t miss the robot lab. Raffaello D’Andrea demos his flying quadcopters. These are amazing robots that seem to think on their own. They are solving physical problems by utilizing algorithms that help them learn. It’s incredible to watch these drones play catch and to work together using a net to toss a ball back. You have to watch the video to believe it. It’s certainly more than what you find on the shelves at any hobby shop, but who knows when this sort of technology may be commonplace? More great stuff!

http://www.ted.com/talks/raffaello_d_andrea_the_astounding_athletic_power_of_quadcopters.html

We’re closing the TEDGlobal event for 2012, where we did our best to make sure every great idea got written down!

What do you do with your ideas? How do you share them? Where do you go with great ideas that you don’t use ? Is there a new technology that can help ideas grow?

The TEDx space at TEDGlobal started as a blank canvas, slowly becoming a masterpiece of great thoughts as we encouraged the TED community to draw on literally every surface in the room. It’s a fun way to be part of a collaboration and sharing of ideas and people are actively participating. As some express themselves with markers, others are smiling as they read the messages on the walls, floor, tables and chairs. Inspiration and new ideas are shared on every surface and in countless conversations, all spurring on new ideas that will change the world.

Thanks to the Gates Foundation for bringing 15 TEDx organizers to Edinburgh and for continuing to help make this a great experience.

TEDGlobal 2012 opens soon and we are on site building a radical space to articulate the theme of the conference – Radical Openness. We might hear the words, “You want me to do what?”, as we push the boundaries of normalcy into new realms. New forms of expressing one’s self will be introduced, promising to make this a unique and life-changing few days. More photos and ideas will be shared soon – registration opens in about an hour, so its back to work for now!

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.