When over 300 people gathered on Sunday, February 24th at the Merv Griffin estate for what is now the 4th TEDx Workshop at TEDActive, not only did TEDx Director Lara Stein take a look back at the program’s amazing 2012 milestones — the TEDxSummit gathering in Doha, over 5,000 TEDx events and over 200 TEDx Talks on TED.com — but forward with a global community that has quickly grown “from baby to toddler.”
The day was marked with presentations from TED staff and TEDx organizers, and updates on community-initiated projects. X’ers then broke out into brainstorm sessions, spread throughout the estate.
As the program grows, its members are increasingly global — TEDx attendees of TEDActive alone came from 63 countries — but continues to stay connected through workshops at TED conferences, local gatherings and online groups.
"You are a living, breathing, ecosystem… In order to be successful as a global community, we need to be better at getting together," said Lara Stein, as she addressed the crowd from stage at the start of the day. "Your ability to get together will have a great impact on your TEDx community."
Of course, as TEDx’ers, meeting in a conference room simply won’t do. As one attendee @CharlieCurve tweeted: “Out: Conference Rooms. In: Conferences Without Rooms.”