Here's the post back from 2013, which is, in my view, still worth sharing as attending TEDActive was a life-changing experience for me.
"Back in February both me and fellow TEDx’er Justina Staselyte visited Palm Springs, California for TEDActive Conference. We were blown away for the entire 5 days of amazing program and 800 most interesting and inspiring people in the world — people that came from more than 70 different countries.
Those people and their ideas made me think about the questions that are being discussed in Lithuania over and over again — globalization and talent migration (of course, most often it’s concerned as a negative thing here). And it reached the peak when, after coming back from U.S., the entire media was flooded with the news about nationalist marches for March 11- Restoration of Lithuanian Independence Day (whether to give a permission to march or not) and the debate about the dual citizenship question (we don’t have it legalized here yet).
Close people — from far abroad
National, nation, nationalism… Honestly, I believe it’s high time to ask ourselves whether or not there’s still such a thing as nation/country when being defined only by borders and geographical area or language. Let’s go back to TEDActive…
For the ones who don’t know TEDActive — it’s one of three main TED conferences. This year it was the 6th one and gathered 800 people, of which more than 400 were TEDx organizers from all over the world. While being there it seemed that all those people live the same ideas, same passions to change own environment and the world, to live not only for themselves but also for the others.
Since the first minute of TEDActive I felt those are my people — people living same values, speaking same language: language of ideas and action. It’s enough to talk only with few of them and you forget all geographical and cultural boundaries. Maybe THAT’S my nation?
I can bet that back in 1984 when TED started, no one had a clue that it will become such a huge global movement uniting millions of people.
And here we go, as of November 2012 TEDTalks reached 1 billion views, TED.com holds more than 1 400 talks online, which are translated into more than 90 languages.
At first TEDTalks were thought to be too scientific to the general audience; thus, back in 2005 popular U.S. TV channels refused to air TEDTalks for the general public. But it wasn’t and obstacle. Now every single second on average 17 people start watching one of the TEDTalks.
TEDx was also definitely one of the reasons for TED to become so popular. We’re counting only 4 years after the first TEDx conference back in 2009, and we already have more than 5 400 events organized in 1 602 different cities.
Task for the ones who stayed in Lithuania
I think the reason of TED’s success is being open and creative with it’s global community. Can’t such community also be Lithuanians wherever they live?
During our visit in California we met with amazing Lithuanian community living in Los Angeles. There are more than 50 000 Lithuanians living in LA (!!)! Most of them are born there, some of them even not the first or second generation. However all of them foster Lithuanian traditions: speak the language, teach it in the schools, visit the parish, and even develop businesses back in Lithuania — honestly, seems that more than most of the people back here. So does the fact that they live outside the country mean that they are less Lithuanians and love Lithuania less than the ones who stay here?
I believe it’s the other way around. And I believe it’s our who stay here task to be as open as possible and to the people who want to stay connected, no matter what nationality they are."