Monday, July 11, 2011

Ever Wondered What You Might Discover in a Great Conference Gift Bag?

Well here’s what I found at TEDActive 2011: The Rediscovery of Wonder. It was heavy to carry home, but worth the weight! And I think there is some interesting gift bag inspiration for others of us in the future.

Of practical use during (and after) the event:
- A special limited edition design JAMBOX wireless speaker + speakerphone by Jawbone: a small packaged hi-fi streaming wireless audio from any Bluetooth device, OR a scooter for speeding around the spreading hotel venue (these were the gifts of fame this year!)
- A ceramic Bento Box for healthy meals on the move, away from home - ‘Box Appetit’, by
- A re-usable water bottle from (with info on refill stations in the venue)
- A drip coffee bag of very freshly roasted from Hebo Coffee Ltd. (
- A little book from the to guide attendees’ coffee experiences
- Two bags: A unique bag created from a billboard by - turning unsustainable waste into sustainable good AND a sturdy travel bag from
- A compact LED flashlight from (especially useful for the desert party)
- An Action Journal from Behance (

Interesting conversation-starters:
- Full colour attendees brochure with portraits and “three things to talk with me about”
- A publication featuring the amazing stories of the 2011 Long Beach TED Fellows
- A mini-publication of photos compiled from TEDx events across the globe in 2011
- Necklaces from women in Kaolack, Senegal
- A peaceBOMB bracelet - made from fragments of bombs - supporting artisan families, community development, and clearance of unexploded ordnance from farmland and forests in Laos ( and
- A $100 philanthropic gift card underwritten by REDU for use supporting a classroom project of choice from online charity

Reading material to keep up the (re)discovery post-TED:
- A special TEDGlobal issue of “Design Mind” - the award-winning publication of global innovation firm frog design - entitled “And Now the Good News”
- Seth Godin’s latest book: Poke the Box
- Trois Couleurs Special Issue: JR 2001-2011, A Retrospective
- ‘Imagine, Design, Create: How Designers, Architects and Engineers are Changing the World’ edited by Tom Wujec
- A TEDBooks Gift Card courtesy of for use via

Further learning opportunities and brain exercises:
- Research credit to Frost & Sullivan ( for your choice of ‘The Visionary Membership’, ‘The Growth Partnership Service’ or ‘The Top 20 Mega Trends Study’
- A free LivingHome Feasibility Analysis or one-hour environmental design consultation to help you assess how to lower your ecological footprint for an existing home or office (
- A subscription to - online software training videos
- The Unit One version of the Rosetta Stone solution (language of choice)
- One month tuition-free access to the Rouxbe Cooking School (
- A year’s subscription to MAKE: technology on your time (
- Two A-ha! Brainteasers of choice from

For the journey home and to share with others:
- Complementary wifi session from your return journey - courtesy of Delta Air Lines
- Free Personal Travel Planning Package from JetSetter
- A Blu-ray of Pixar’s latest film, Toy Story 3
- The feature film ‘Waiting for “Superman”’ - from the Director of An Inconvenient Truth - looking at education in the United States (DVD)
- CD of the Venezuelan clarinet of Alcides Rodriguez
- In support of Sylvia Earle’s TED wish - Drivers of Change: Oceans - cards to share with your community and help shape a better world (
- A page of Seed Paper from to plant when back home, mixing 100% post consumer content with their custom wildflower mix.

I’m keen to learn what Gillian’s going to come home with next week after her time at TEDGlobal!

1 comment:

Gillian Martin Mehers said...

Hi Lizzie, The TEDGlobal 2011 gift bag was a cool black Jack Spade New York bag.
In it:
*JawBone Wireless speakers and speakerphone
*DBLogic headset, which "manages the sound level to help protect against hearing loss without sacrificing sound quality"
*An Icebreaker T-shirt in merino wool
*A Coffee Common bag of beans
*A book called "100 Whiskeys to Try before you Die" (we are in Scotland after all)
* A Quirky USB hub
* A Dodocase for an ipad 2
* The first course of a Rosetta Stone language training programme
They gave away Bobbles too, reusable filtered water bottles.

All groovy stuff!