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Gordon Brown Surprises TEDGlobal (and the World)

He was the much buzzed-about surprise guest at TEDGlobal yesterday, and for someone who is often accused of lacking any charisma, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was surprisingly charismatic. The big global issues are obviously his most comfortable domain, and he delivered an engaging speech on the collective social power (and responsibility) of the inter-connected "global village."

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The TEDGlobal Program Guide

Earlier today in Oxford, this year's TEDGlobal sponsors were called out for their contributions. frog was last but we got a round of applause from the audience when it was announced that we produced the program guide. Bruno Giussani, TED's European Director, called it "award winning" (when/if it gets a chance to be submitted for any such award). Indeed, all week, when I've mentioned the fact that we produced the guide, people always say, "it's great!"

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Lunchtime at TED and Time to Reflect on Some of the Day

Lunchtime at TEDGlobal and time to reflect on some of the day’s talks so far. Maybe I’m just hungry but there have been some interesting and surprising comments about food this morning.

Rory Sutherland from Ogilvy gave a robust and very funny dissection of the advertising industry which included a description of how Frederick the Great rebranded the potato, and a riff on agriculture as ‘user generated content’. (Maybe you had to be there for that one...)

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Nice Work If You Can Get It

I’ve met a lot of people at TED who wear many hats. People who, when you ask them what they do, reel off a list of things. ‘Well, I have a software company and then there’s my non-profit work…’ ‘I write books and movies but here I’m representing xxx organisation….’ People who seem to be packing more into their everyday working patterns than other people do in a lifetime.

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Top Tips for TED?

Me: So, what are your top tips for getting the most out of TED?

TEDster A: Well, you know, I’ve learned not to party too hard. You get into some great conversations and then it’s four in the morning and it just wrecks you for the next day. So I say don’t drink too much.

[half an hour later]

Me: So, do you have any advice for getting the most out of TED?

TEDster B: Drink! It’s the only way to survive.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Early late night impressions from Oxford's Keble College (where most of the TEDGlobal attendees stay)

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The frog team just arrived in Oxford, England, and we’re sitting in our charmingly Spartan dorm rooms at Keble College, awaiting a spectacular TEDGlobal conference.

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My TED Talk

This is not going to be a blog post about what I would talk about if I actually had the chance to get on stage at TED. I am getting on stage at TED. At TED University to be precise. And with three days to go before I do this thing, I kind of wish I was writing a blog about a hypothetical scenario. My nerves are killing me.


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Before the main sessions begin on Tuesday July 21, TEDGlobal kicks off with a series of outings on July 20, and I’m looking forward to going round Bletchley Park, ‘historic site of secret British codebreaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer.’

Particularly as we’ve just come to the end of Shed Week here in the UK (no, really) and Hut 6 at Bletchley Park has just won the Hut Category in the awards for Shed of the Year 2009.

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Pints, Punts, and Presentations. What Would You Like to See in the Upcoming Special TEDGlobal Issue of design mind?

With the TEDGlobal conference right around the corner, the design mind editorial team is gearing up for plenty of fun in the sun….. er, wait, we’re going to England….

With the TEDGlobal conference right around the corner, we’re gearing up for plenty of fun in the grey and drizzly (note the British spelling of “grey” as opposed to “gray”; we’re nerding up for loads more fun with the U.K.-U.S. language subtleties such as honor vs. honour, tire vs. tyre, and my favorite, oriented vs. orientated).