Wed, Mar 19th / TED 2014 / Day Three

Part of the attraction of TED, lies not in the abundance of food or famous faces, but in the inevitable surprises that are revealed in the talks themselves. And this day was no different - a great line-up w/ an array of emotional right hooks.

Today's Line-Up of Great Speakers

8:30-10:15am / Session 5: Us

11am-12:45pm / Session 6: Wired

6-7:45pm / Session 7: Why?

2-3:15pm / All-Stars Session 2: Where Are We Now?Salman Khan • Tim Berners-Lee • Amy Cuddy • Allan Savory • Bjorn Lomborg • Amanda Palmer • Clay Shirky • Barry Schwartz • Lawrence Lessig • Bryan Stevenson

3:45-5pm / All-Stars Session 3: I Heart DesignJohn Maeda • Stefan Sagmeister • Moshe Safdie • Sarah Kay • Pattie Maes • Juan Enriquez • JR • Aimee Mullins

Some of My Favorites from Today:

Jon Mooallem: a writer who eloquently shared how we tell stories about animals to make sense of our relationship to nature.

Geena Rocero: a professional fashion & cosmetics model bravely shared her personal story of transformation, journeying from her birth gender as a boy to her current life as a women. She was beautiful & moving.

Larry Page: was interviewed by Charlie Rose, and shared in a quiet, raspy voice is deep and abiding belief that by thinking big, really big, he and his colleagues at Google would change the world - from search, to autonomous vehicles, to balloons circling the globe to provide free internet access to billions. He was at once, authentic, humble and audacious.

Elizabeth Gilbert: the author made famous by the bestseller "Eat Pray Love" shared with us the paralysis that followed her acclaim and the insight that both failure & success can side-track us from our journey & that lifes great challenge is to "find our way home."

Jason Webley: troubadour and accordian player extraordinaire shared his unique brand of foot-stomping & soul-lifting music, a breakout performance filled with authenticity and the request that we all "conspire to be part of the world's magic."

Hugh Herr: biohybrid prostheticist and MIT genius, gave us a peek at the world's first nuerologically-controlled bionics (like the ones he's wearing in these photographs), declaring that we are "entering an age in which humans will routinely attach machines to our bodies to make us stronger and faster." Then, in the TED moment of the day for me, Hugh told us the story Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a competitive ballroom dancer and Boston Marathon victem who in 3.5 seconds lost her left leg. He explained how after meeting her he decided to build her a bionic leg, and 200 days later she literally danced onto the TED stage in her first public performance. We were all on our feet cheering, with tears in our eyes. Simply Amazing.