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TEDActive is like TED, only with a few buttons loosened and its hair let down. An annual simulcast of the TED conference held two hours away in Palm Springs, California, TEDActive is for those who treasure ideas and want to immerse themselves in them. Last year, TEDActive participants journeyed to Joshua Tree to take sound baths, went on a bike tour of local vintage stores on a scavenger hunt and gave their own short TED talks during an open-to-anyone event fittingly called TEDYou.

As registration for TEDActive 2013 begins, with the theme “The Young, The Wise, The Undiscovered,” we thought we’d take a look back at some of the great moments from TEDActives past. Below, 10 highlights.

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Artist Kiehl Johnson taught the incredible “Everyone’s an Architect” workshop at TEDActive 2012, but attendees participating in the Urbanization Project took the workshop one step further and rigged LED lights…

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Enjoy these fascinating reads from across the Internet:

  • Last week, NYU law professor Beth Noveck asked us to “demand a more open-source government” in her talk from TEDGlobal 2012. Read this article on her Peer-to-Patent approach, which allows experts outside the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to weigh in on whether an application is something new or whether earlier inventions cover the same territory. The system has reduced the tremendous backlog in patent applications and has also been adapted in the U.K., Japan and Australia. [Wall Street Journal]
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  • It’s the standard beauty queen response for a reason: who doesn’t want world peace? Here, a playlist of TEDTalks that give good starting points for making it a reality. [Life With TED]
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  • New thing we are obsessed with—BitCasa, which allows you to make any folder on your computer an all-you-can-eat space buffet…

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