Tue, Mar 18 / TED2014 / Day Two

The first full day of TED began by walking around the incredible space inside the Vancouver Convention Center that has been assembled for this event - a series of exhibits & amenities that provide a near-constant flow of stimulation, interaction and food! Here are some shots of that from the installations to the snack shelves to the water stations to the TED book store.

This display celebrates TED heros - 20+ of them - and then there was all this great stuff...

Today's Unbelievable Line-Up of Speakers:

8:30-10am / Session 2: Retrospect

11am-12:45pm / Session 3: Reshape

6-7:45pm / Session 4: Wish

2-3:15pm / All-Stars Session 1: Planet DearthWade Davis • Sylvia Earle • Stewart Brand • George Dyson • Bonnie Blasser • Amory Lovins • Edward Burtynsky • David Gallo • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala • Robert Full • Imogen Heap

3:45-5pm / All-Stars Session 2: Beauty and the Brain Tierney Thys • Dan Gilbert • Emily Levine • David Brooks • Jane McGonigal • Neil Turok • Rory Sutherland • Philip Zimbardo • Taylor Wilson • Jill Bolte Taylor • William Kamkwamba

And some of my favorite moments

Mark Kushner: architect and founder of Architizer.com, talked about the power of buildings as symbols, and shared the hair-raising & deadening fact that we Americans spend "90% of our time indoors."

Matthew Carter: MacArthur Fellow and famed type designer, who spoke about the difference between constraints (which can be empowering) and compromise (which never is).

Edward Snowden: a surprise addition to the agenda, Edward Snowden joined TED live from Russia projected on a rolling bot that not only stood on stage, but also circulated with attendees in the halls after his talk. And his talk was a mesmerizing view into the looking glass of the NSA and intelligence community generally, with all its moral trade-offs. TED rushed the talk online so you can view it by clicking right HERE or the photo below.

Bill & Melinda Gates: interviewed as a couple by Chris Anderson, talked about their careers, their philanthropy & their approach to raising their children -- all of it surprisingly authentic and inspiring.

Zak Ebrahim: the son of El Sayed Nosair who was responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center attack, gave a detailed description of his upbringing in an ideology of hatred, and made a courageous declaration of non-violence and the ability of each of us to chose not to hate.

Sting: he's a singer :) but his performance was a vulnerable, soulful & musically powerful exploration of his childhood growing up next to a shipyard in England (& the basis of the new Broadway play, The Last Ship). He ended with a rousing rendition of SOS - brief clip below - wow, wow!