Reflections from Day 3 of TEDActive

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During our conversations with TEDActive attendees, we unearthed a couple of moments that we thought were worth sharing, inspired by today’s talks. 

As TEDActive attendee Marcela Garcia watched Alastair Parvin’s 3-D models of his open-source construction set, her eyes widened in recognition. Over 30 years ago, throughout their childhood, she and her sister had spent hours upon hours building very similar model homes as part of an old board game called El Constructor Infantil she and her sister used to covet. As she recalled the red flaky cardboard box that opened with each game in nearly ceremonial splendor, Marcela began to light up with childlike glee. Marcela and her sister don’t speak much anymore, she explained. However, she was so moved and overcome by the wave of memories this morning, that she immediately sent her sister an email, excited at the prospect of sharing old memories of the past, and building upon them with new ideas for what Parvin’s modern counterpart could mean for the future.

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A second conversation overheard in the jacuzzi earlier today celebrated the incredulity of Stewart Brand’s talk in Session 5. As one woman explained to the other, as a little girl she had always proudly proclaimed to her mother, “Mom, when I grow up I am going to save all of the extinct animals.” To which her mother knowingly responded, as mothers often do, “Oh honey, you mean endangered animals. You can’t save extinct animals, they have already gone.” After hearing Stewart Brand’s talk this afternoon, this TEDActive attendee excitedly sent her mom a Facebook message, the gist of which we assume went something like, “See Mom, I told you so!”

Here are more reactions from Twitter of Sessions 4-7: Disrupt! Dream! Create! and Sustain!

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Stay tuned for more great reactions from Day 4 of TEDActive 2013. 

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