Day one – #TEDactive signed in and ready to go

28 Feb


Yes I have signed in – got my badge which is the pass to all the activities – lose it and game over. So just brewing a coffee in my room. It is 11.30 am here in Palm Springs, and the place is extraordinary, almost 80 degrees and surrounded by snow capped mountains in the middle of the desert. I love the stories about this place, as it is legendary as it is part of the 2 hour rule…This means it is a two hour drive from Hollywood, and when actors were shooting in the studio system, they had to be no more than a 2 hour drive away from the set, in case their schedule changed, and they could be on set in two hours. So this was the limit they could get to…and many a story of partnerships and illicit meetings abound from this idyllic and beautiful place.

I am in the Monroe room. That is all I know…

So having had breakfast, and having spoken to Mark back in Leicester about the truck getting to the venue due to a poorly driver…I have been out to check in and get my bag and schedule. I have had a dip and a steam ( all really to get my knees back up and running – honest!)

There are 700 people here and already I have met a Guardian writer and TED host from the UK, Marieme Jamme, An opera singer from Brighton, Darren Abrahams and The director of the documentary being made here about the project. I am attending the TED University this afternoon in the desert so am packing serious sun block and such…and have realised one thing

This is going to be a 3 Moleskine trip…


I have spare ink cartridges too for my fountain pen. So yes, tech and old school mix well here. The schedue starts early tomorrow morning and I have met Rives who is hosting us here on stage. So I will be keeping you up to date and will aim to keep things relevant and bite sized enough to make sense.

Off to buy some deodorant…and get my safe fixed as it has locked with all my stuff in and I can’t get it open. Yep security are here



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