“Around the Campfire” Profile: Liz Song

Who’s around our campfire? Each week we will profile a different TEDActive 2013 attendee and give you a peek into what they have to share around the fire in Palm Springs. This week, meet Liz!

Where are you from?
East Palo Alto, California

Where is your favorite place on earth?
I have four favorite places: my barn, Montana, Oregon, and anywhere along the skyline ridge in the Santa Cruz mountains.

What interests you?
Exploring internal landscapes.
Trail running & backpacking.
Seeing beauty in everything.
Participating in shaping organizational culture.
Seizing the moment to create a spontaneously delightful experience for unsuspecting folks.

What problem are you trying to solve?
I have two problems:
1. How to stop having me get in the way of Me.
2. How to create a sustainable development model that allows a small SF/Bay Area non-profit (Able Works) to thrive instead of being chronically set back on a programmatic level because of their need for funding.

What’s your favorite thing about TEDActive?
The culture of openness. It’s a very fluid environment where anything goes.

What’s your favorite TED Talk?
I have two:
Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability (TEDxHouston)
Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice

What piece of advice would you give to someone coming to TEDActive for the first time?
Be yourself.
Be open.
Be curious.
& Say hello!
You never know what kind of connection you’ll make with the person next to you.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Laughter! (And maybe Fuyu persimmons.)

Read all of the “Around the Campfire” profiles here. If you are attending TEDActive 2013 and would like to be included in this series, email tedactive@ted.com with your photo and answers to the questions above.

3 thoughts on ““Around the Campfire” Profile: Liz Song”

  1. The challenge of many nonprofits is precisely the same: getting to thrive beyond being chronically set back on a programmatic level because of their need for funding. A talk on an evolution of funding for nonprofits would make a large contribution to the culture of doing good in the world. Focusing on it in your profile grabs my attention. Many of us, who continuously face this as we serve nonprofits, welcome your ideas on this subject.

    1. Kat – I didn’t see this comment until just now. Thanks for it! I’d love to learn about and come up with creative ways to address this. Let’s make a point of it! ;)

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