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Linda Ashworth

English Horn player, San Luis Obispo Symphony


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What would be some good ways to effect a cultural exchange between Long Beach and TEDActive?

Friends who have been to Long Beach have lamented a feeling of social stratification "bubbleness" there that doesn't exist at TEDActive. Is there aw way to cross-fertilize a bit more?


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    Mar 6 2011: People hang out with their friends. Even at TEDActive. People hang out with people who share their interests (fun things to do when not working). Many people who go to TEDActive attendees purposefully try to mix it up a bit -- they sit in different spots for each session, eat meals with different people, talk with people they might not ordinarily have conversations with. That's fascinating to me. It's kind of a game. HALF the people attending Palm Springs were there for the first time. I'm betting that demographic is not the same for Long Beach. I don't know what the age & socioeconomic demographics were at either place, though I'm betting Palm Springs has the younger less affluent crowd. (I work a second job to be able to afford to go.) And while Palm Springs attendees are curious about the Long Beach attendees, I wonder to what extent the reverse is true.

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