Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

I few years ago my mom started a project working with ted.com. I started watching there online videos and immediately became hooked. Ted is one of the most motivating websites I've ever seen. Ted is essentially a company that host global conferences and stages speakers to stand up on stage and share their ideas, thoughts, reactions, music, everything. Ted conferences appear to select these speakers based on how groundbreaking/inspiring their ideas are, and from first hand experience I can say that while some people are crazy, they are indeed ground breaking.

This is why I was jocular (yes jocular) when I heard my sister and mother would be attending the Global Ted conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. I bought a ticket immediately to Edinburgh and agreed with my sister to have me snuck into where she was interning. I arrived on the 14 julliet (bastille day unfortunately) went out late that night with my sister, well Edinburgh late, than got up early the next morning to go to the conference center where my mom snuck me in. It was the last day but it didn’t lack a moment that wasn't riveting. A man talked about transferring data threw light, a group released there light frame work that imitated a bird movements (a model they flew in the conference room and later was released during a picnic where hundreds of seagulls attacked it!), but the most interesting talk for me was when Welsh MP Rory Stewart talked about ending the war in Afghanistan. It was vivid to say the least. http://blog.ted.com/2011/07/25/time-to-end-the-war-in-afghanistan-rory-stewart-on-ted-com/

Well the rest of the weekend was spent doing an awesome bike riding/hiking tour of a castle and king Arthur’s chair. We visited St.Andrews. And spent hours in the rain exploring the royal mile and everything else Edinburgh had to offer. It was a refreshing inspiring weekend, filled with incredibly nice Scotsmen, great food, and people who proved that even, during this past decade of what seems like a omniscient hopelessness, there are people fighting for change.
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