“Around the Campfire” Profile: Robert Agouri

Who’s around our campfire? Each week we will profile a different TEDActive 2013 attendee and give you a peek into what they have to share around the fire in Palm Springs. This week, meet Robert!

Where are you from?
Born and raised in Montreal; lived in Toronto since 1994

Where is your favorite place on earth?
I could lie and say something profound but, really, it’s watching the Habs play at the Bell Centre, so that. Outside of hockey season, any beach in the world.

What interests you?
The TED stage is the perfect combination of my interests. I am fascinated by all of it, the scientists, marketers, entrepreneurs, social activists, entertainers. I thought Sarah Silverman was completely hilarious.

What problem are you trying to solve?
Achieving a semblance of balance in my life.

What’s your favorite thing about TEDActive?
It’s taken me a few years to figure out how to best enjoy it. In the first couple of years, I went to the parties and events, but I get so little time to myself in my everyday life that this time really became quite special because I now park myself in a spot, soak in the talks and go back to my room and think about what I’ve seen and heard. I go for a run, read, relax and catch up on sleep. It’s my 5-day reboot.

What’s your favorite TED Talk?
Rives’ 4 AM talk is a special kind of genius.

What piece of advice would you give to someone coming to TEDActive for the first time?
You don’t have to talk to anyone if you don’t want to. Everyone you will meet is smart, friendly & kind but that doesn’t mean you can’t come and just soak it all in.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?
My iPhone is on back-order so I’ll say my family. Ask me again in a month.

Read all of the “Around the Campfire” profiles here. If you are attending TEDActive 2013 and would like to be included in this series, email tedactive@ted.com with your photo and answers to the questions above.

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