As our camp host position in AZ wound down, and my eyes were healing from cataract surgery, Mike and I had many discussions about where we would go for the summer. When we left MI last September, we were pretty sure we’d return to Michigan for a seasonal spot in Fremont. Now, after spending nearly 6 months in one general location, we had a hard time thinking about being stationary for another long period of time. We also felt that there were other things that the kids should experience while we were still in the West.

Surfing & A Ted Talk

We sat down with the kids and asked them what things they wanted to see/do/experience. Surfing lessons topped their list. A visit with Grandparents and meeting more traveling families (we did) also made their lists. Mike and I shared with the kids that we’d like to attend a conference-type thing with them—something to challenge them to see a bigger picture of the world.

Last weekend we did attend a conference-type thing: Tedx at UCSD. The topic: Innovation & Tradition. The speakers and their topics were all quite interesting.

Ted Talk Notes

I’ve misplaced my event booklet, but Miranda offered to share her’s with me. Here are some of the key words she wrote down in her book (and my comments).

  • Curiosity (as in, we all seem to have lost our sense of it and we need to find it again)
  • “I shake the colored person’s hand before you.” (A white woman’s world view changed when an African man said this about her)
  • Incredible research going into new cancer therapies!
  • The idea that, in the not too distant future, each person’s nutritional needs could be taken care of by food printed out on a 3D printer
  • Science is a story.
  • Biology can be funny—PhD turns from lab work to comedy
  • Design by analog, by drawing upon their physical traditions
  • Khan Academy lite
  • Very interesting (tattoo electronics for neurological monitoring)
  • Rarely is the first idea the best one. Failure > Innovation > Success
  • On demand drug delivery research, with a side effect useful in liposuction procedures
  • Using green algae to study gene function
  • Scientists are normal people. Science is storytelling.
  • Text messaging and email are a kind of code.
  • Digital health (I so would have liked for this speaker to be a little more specific in her definition of digital health, because I liked where she was going with her talk)
  • Can games save lives? Vaccines can. Tracking vaccines like travel bugs in geocaching
  • E.D.A.R., Starlight, Starbright, First Star.org, Aspire (All organizations this speaker has helped start and participates in today—the kids were really interested in his work)

Guy Kawasaki’s Talk

In addition to all of the information and “stories” we heard from the above speakers, we had the privilege of hearing Keynote speaker, Guy Kawasaki. His talk was titled “Twelve Things I Learned from Steve Jobs.” Miranda took notes and captured all of his points. I’m going to put them in here for our personal benefit.

  1. “Experts” are clueless.
  2. Customers cannot tell you what they want/need.
  3. The action is on the next curve.
  4. Biggest challenges beget the biggest goals.
  5. Design counts.
  6. Use big graphics and big fonts.
  7. Changing your mind is a sign of intelligence.
  8. Value is not equal to price.
  9. “A” players hire “A” players.
  10. Real CEOs demo.
  11. Real entrepreneurs ship.
  12. Marketing = Unique value.
  13. BONUS: Some things need to be believed to be seen.

It was a very full day, and I think we all took something away from the event. I’m looking forward to another Tedx event that we’ll all be attending in September (all of our entries were accepted): Tedx Macatawa (in Holland).


Event booklet and a much needed cuppa

Event booklet and a much needed cuppa

Anticipating the first speaker

Anticipating the first speaker

Beautiful day for a picnic (boxed) lunch

Beautiful day for a picnic (boxed) lunch

1 Comment Tedx UCSD

  1. Picture of Jenni Jenni May 23, 2013

    This sounds amazing. I like the notes from Steve Jobs especially.

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