Why the five day conference still draws crowds and gives people access to ideas and voices they might not otherwise hear.

Two weeks ago, I attended my first TED  conference. I wasn’t too sure what to expect from an event that has produced content that has been watched and appreciated across the globe. Sure, I had seen and shared that content on PSFK.com but I was intrigued to experience the event in person to find out why it sells out year after year. I was also interested to see if TED was still a special experience or if there was some truth in the back lash that recently occurred — much of it detailed extensively in this New York Times Magazine article, published at the beginning of March. But instead of a meeting of pontification and self-importance, I found a truly rare event that was unlike anything I have ever been to — or anything I will see in the future.

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