Badminton birdies, floppy disks and old toys become art — and connections — in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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This resident of Chiang Mai, Thailand, filled a bag with colorful puff balls for a project designed to connect members of the community. Photo: TEDxChiangMai This resident of Chiang Mai, Thailand, filled a bag with colorful puff balls for a project designed to connect members of the community. Photo: TEDxChiangMai

In the days before their event in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the team at TEDxChiangMai spent a large chunk of their time collecting stuff. All kinds of stuff — the quirky, the old, the new, the unwanted, the loved and the thoroughly weird — that could be used for a collaborative art project on the big day. They found people at their workplaces, shops, studios, and homes and asked them to contribute in the spirit connecting the city.

The exchange would go like this, they told locals turned potential donors: Materials donated to the project — dubbed, “Connecting Creativity,” a play on their event theme: “Creating Connections” — would be given to an attendee at random during the event. With the materials, this attendee would build…

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