Category Archives: Public Heart

Public HeART felt

We brought our hearts together at TEDActive and publically peaced our lost with found.

Some pinned their heart to red felt, remembering lost loved ones.

Charlotte’s hand made stencils of Amy’s hands, and hands on hearts on tees…

quickly made new friends, and found their way to the TEDActive stage;

where our public heART throb, miss amy kr, lifted our hearts with this sweet farewell:

TEDActive 2011 farewell video: March Forth! from Amy Krouse Rosenthal on Vimeo.

Photo credit: Michael Brands for TED

and the countdown begins…with this playlist!

Greetings and salutations from your pals at the TEDActive PUBLIC heART “Lost and Found” project.

We’ve put together this eponymous playlist for your listening and getting-psyched-while-you-pack pleasure.   9 Lost and Found songs total. Some artists will undoubtedly be familiar, some may be new finds we hope you’ll be happy to discover.   And thanks to Grooveshark, you can just click and listen…

PUBLIC heART Lost and Found Playlist

Not sure if we’ll be posting on the blog again before this all goes live next week (!) so here are 3 quick nuggets of note:

1.   If you missed our original post/intro about the PUBLIC heART Lost and Found project (where all you need to participate is a pen and your own personal truth), here it is.

2.   If you like things that fall under the theme of Because We Can, We Did, you might enjoy seeing how our project popped up in various Craigslist Lost and Found sections around the country.  Here is one listing titled Lost: My Sense of Humor.

3.  Finally, our Lost and Found hero… 84-year-old Henry Morello who recently took a wrong turn in the desert and ended up being stranded for 5 days. Survived by being creatively resourceful…and lucky.  Read his beautiful lost and found story via Huffington Post here.

See you all very soon!

amy kr

p.s. If you’d like to reach out before the conference, you can do so through this blog or at

TEDActive Welcomes PSFK’s PurpleList Experts to the Projects!


TEDActive is so excited to have PSFK on board as a collaborator for the TEDActive Projects! They have invited their friends to explore, collaborate and act on vital issues raised at TED, and is actively engaging their expert network, the PurpleList, to give their valuable input for the different teams involved with the projects.

Their experts have already joined in on the conversation! Check out their feedback for the following projects!

Social Networks

ideas worth doing

The pound-for-pound talent tonnage of TEDsters boggles the mind.  It is absolutely the thing that makes the TED community so incandescent, as well as so humbling and deeply neat-o to be a part of.  So it is no small thing to aim this talent at very real problems with the goal of emerging from the gathering with ideas worth doing, as is happening this year for the first time with TEDActive Projects.

No doubt that some wonderfully innovative approaches will surface.  The question that has us nibbling our nails is how they will translate into action.

Introducing IfWeRanTheWorld

One way is through the use of a very new, very beta platform called IfWeRanTheWorld, the brain/love child of Cindy Gallop (of MakeLoveNotPorn fame). IfWeRanTheWorld is an online platform that is designed to power real-world action.  It makes it very easy for good & talented people to work together to achieve a common goal – be it host a dodgeball tournament or expand an urban community farm program or only eat cupcakes with lots of icing. Microactions are the coin of this realm – they are small, eminently doable tasks that, when added together, make things happen.

On IfWeRanTheWorld, you are what you do – it is where you ‘walk’ your social media ‘talk’.  If Facebook is the social graph and Twitter the interest graph, then IfWeRanTheWorld is the action graph.

Here’s how it works:

  • Bring your project, talent, inspiration and good intentions to
  • Answer the question, “If I ran the world, I would….”.
  • Join forces with other people working on similar things by picking up & doing their microactions.
  • Accelerate action by suggesting microactions, and inviting your network to act with you by sharing through Facebook, Twitter, you name it.
  • Start an actionplatform (or project) to make something happen on your own.

(if you prefer pictures over words, here is the how-it-works video)

How it might work for TEDActive Projects

The thought for TEDActive Projects is this:  Some project teams might publish their solutions as microactions, inviting the wider TED community (and beyond) to do them, report back, & collaborate.  Other project teams might use microactions to invite outside insight and expertise on their topic area. Still other project teams might blow our doors off by using microactions in a totally new way.

It feels appropriate to the theme of wonder and the spirit of experimentation that we don’t know exactly how people will make use of IfWeRanTheWorld.  For me, though, it just makes it that much more exciting.

That said, I’ll be on hand at TEDActive to help the project teams do their voodoo.  If you are interested in IfWeRanTheWorld (or scotch, or experience design as seduction, or comic books), then look for a girl with long blonde & blue hair wearing epic but foolishly high-heels.  That’ll be me.

The magnificent shot of  Cindy (above) is by Jon Bauer, who says he is ‘mostly doing this stuff for fun’ but who is extraordinary & should be mostly doing this stuff period.