Sheryl Connelly’s 2013 TED Notes

Conference veteran and Ford futurist Sheryl Connelly shares her brilliantly illustrated synopsis

Each year we travel to Long Beach, CA for TED and each year, though armed with inspiration anew, we’d leave with scattered notes—hammered out on an iPad or illegibly scribbled alongside speaker bios in the TED program—that hardly do justice to the knowledge we’ve gleaned. That was until our friend Sheryl Connelly—Ford Motor Company Futurist, TED alum and note-taker extraordinaire—began sharing with us her illustrated …

Ron Finley the South Central LA Guerrilla Gardener

We get inspired to "plant some shit" at this year's TED conference

Like many underfunded urban communities, South Central LA represents what is commonly called a “food desert,” or a district where fast food and corner stores greatly outnumber access to fresh produce. Currently an estimated 26.5 million Americans live in food deserts—a statistic Ron Finley aims to change with a concept he calls guerilla gardening. Finley and the volunteer-based LA Green Grounds organization plant “food forests” …

QuoTED 2013

Our favorite nuggets of knowledge from the insightful speakers at this year's TED conference

While in the audience at last week’s TED conference we kept the tweeting to a minimum and instead used the old-school pen and paper to capture some of our favorite moments. After reviewing them all, here are the quotations that hit us the hardest. “‘Smart’ simply means you’re ready to learn.” Freeman Hrabowski on the difference between intelligence and access to education. “Texting is fingered …