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TED Day One

We’re here in Palm Springs this whole week for TEDActive, taking in all of the 2011 TED Talks. It has been non stop talks since yesterday and we are now taking in Day 2. As I write this, Bill Gates is introducing innovators for the Knowledge Revolution. More on that later, but, first want to give a few of our favorite, most inspiring talks from yesterday.

Designer Thomas Heatherwick shared some amazing projects, mostly focusing on his green architecture projects. This piece really stood out. Those are living plants growing out of this building!

Music conductor Eric Whitacre creates virtual choirs via YouTube. Through auditions via the web, he is currently working on a future choir of over 2000 singers which he previewed for the first time. It’s amazing to see the submissions-people young, old, amateur- all sitting in their home contributing to this project.

Polar photographer, Paul Nicklen photographs creatures of the Arctic and Antarctic, generating awareness of these isolated lands. “I am cold + I am miserable + Big animals with sharp protruding parts are staring at me” – 3 ways Nicklen knows he’s in the right spot.

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