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Inspiration From TED: Steal These 20 Fresh Ideas for Interaction, Seating, Branding, and More

By Alesandra Dubin February 28, 2013, 2:58 PM EST

Photo: Marla Aufmuth

While speakers take the stage for the official TED Conference in Long Beach this week, another spirited crowd filled the Palm Springs area's La Quinta Resort & Club for the official simulcast, known as TEDActive. The desert gathering of 700, whose makeup includes a significant group of planners for the TED-style TEDx conferences around the world, were in attendance to engage in an environment built for interaction, collaboration, and sincere network building—not to mention fun.

Here are 20 of the smart ways the event makes it happen.

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