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TED Talk Fridays kick off at ThinkFun: Education and Introverts

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Coming off the heels of yet another incredible TEDActive experience, I wanted to find a way to bring some of the TED magic back to the office. Last month, I instituted TED Talk Fridays here at ThinkFun, and the response was fantastic!

The format is super simple and agenda-less – I wanted this to be an [...]

TEDActive: My Week at Brain Camp

What do you get when you stir together 700+ brilliant minds from 50+ different countries for a week in the desert? You get the amazing brain gumbo that is TEDActive!

While I thought nothing could top the 2011 Late Night Game Suite experience… only to have the experience exceeded in 2012 with Giant Swish and a wildly [...]

Brain Buzzing? Must be time for TED!

I feel like a kid packing for summer camp!

My suitcase filled with games and toys may be to blame.

I am so excited to take my toys and head to Palm Springs this weekend for my third TEDActive Experience! For those unfamiliar, this incredible conference happens concurrently with the TED Conference in Long Beach, with 700 [...]

Game On! TEDActive Takes on a Game Creation Challenge

In addition to the Giant Swish game, I led a Game Creation Challenge during the TEDActive pre-conference activities.  As the name implies, this TED conference stresses active learning through hands-on collaboration and creation.  As someone whose life is devoted to promoting the value of hands-on play and exploration, this was a perfect venue to push [...]

Big Thinkers Need Big Games… Giant Swish is a Hit at TEDActive!

I’ve just returned from an incredible week at the TEDActive Conference in Palm Springs, CA… an idea-packed week that I spent learning, listening, exploring, and of course – playing!  This year’s talks were as mind blowing as ever, and I’ll look forward to sharing my favorites as they are posted.  In the meantime, I’m super [...]

TED 2011 - Isabel Behncke: Evolution's gift of play

“Play is the glue that binds us together… Play is our adaptive wild card in order to adapt successfully to a changing world…. will we make the most of our playfulness?  Play is not frivolous, play is essential.”

Primatologist and TED Fellow Isabel Behncke Izquierdo shows how a wild bonobo ape society in [...]

TED 2011 - Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter...

In a truly ovation-worthy talk at this year’s TED Conference, 22-year old poet Sarah Kay explains her use of spoken word poetry as a problem-solving tool.  Prepare to be blown away!

“I write poems to figure things out.  Sometimes, the only way I know how to work through something is by writing a poem, and sometimes [...]

TEDActive 2011 Highlights - The World Peace Game

I had the great honor of attending the TEDActive conference last week, and I’m still swirling from the inspiring ideas shared and incredible connections made!  TEDActive brings together global innovators – the doers, makers, and thinkers of the world – to interact and learn from one another while experiencing a live simulcast of TED2011: The [...]