Gaurav Gupta

Partner, Yog Capital Limited (Investment Banking)


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What Next? After a great TED / TEDx conference with hundreds of ideas, what can we do to help people got o the next level! DO something!

This aspect of TED and TEDx has always intrigued me. I am not saying that great ideas are not found outside TED, but there are far more ideas at this forum than there are at any other.

Post a conference I see a bunch of very excited, starry eyed participants, they have dreams in their hearts and heat in their blood. They want to do something and change the world, more importantly, they now, for the first time, BELIVE, that they are the change, that they can!!

I want to take this energy and pour resources in it and see what comes out of it. I feel there is something much larger than the event itself, sitting on the fringes and if we were to unleash this, we may have the next revolution, after the internet.

What can we do to unleash this change, to channelize this energy and let it not loose steam?

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    Apr 5 2012: You can't change the world, unless you mean change yourself and in doing so change how you contribute to the world.

    I personally don't believe that it's people that need to change but the systems we have put in place to govern ourselves. Most of them benefit the few, not the many.
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      Apr 17 2012: Scott, I believe big part of the systems were created with the intention of succeed. I see great ideas being executed all around a lot of nations, what is making the systems putrid is the lack of virtues of the governants. Imagine capitalism in the just city system proposed by Plato. Systems are supposed to work, but the human vices corrupt the execution of great ideas.
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        Apr 17 2012: Any system would work in a just world.

        Capitalism and Democracy are both noble-sounding ideas in theory but the application of these two great generalisations leaves a lot to be desired.

        The reality is that they favour the few. The systems are flawed because they are doctored by the owners and the gatekeepers - often the politicians that are supposed to be of the people, for the people..
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    Apr 24 2012: I find that working BACKWARDS from your ultimate vision in manageable steps (some big leaps and some small steps- that's the key ). Both small (and sometimes very small) steps boost momentum and morale and help us achieve the leaps. I often think action plans fail because we feel the need to make all the steps the SAME SIZE- we don't! Progress is a messy business and cannot be constrained or predicted by the size of the step. Importantly do something towards it EVERY DAY. I believe it's DAILY action which leads to incremental then transformational change.
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    Apr 19 2012: Do a movement GAURAV - " TED MOVEMENT " .
  • Apr 17 2012: I believe there must be a Group Discussion post the Conference and the attendees must try and align their thought process in line with the "theme of the conference''.
    An individual must take responsibility in following up with the attendees who really wish to work for change and really wish to spread the message of TED i.e ''Ideas worth Spreading''.
    By this process,thoughts can translate in to action which if evaluated can produce excellent results.
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    Apr 17 2012: Spread the ideas. Try to reach people's mind, make them elevate from their standards.
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    Apr 13 2012: Form a Ted/Brain trust, that way anyone in need of ideas can tap into it when ever they want
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    Apr 13 2012: we do too much philosophical stuff than practical change , each one of us can not change but we can help one idea to grow and facilitate as it should be , it needs more than talks and it needs more than sacrifice you think you can do , for this we have to stay hungry and stay foolish (means steps which are extra ordinary than our normal day to day job .
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    Apr 5 2012: Gaurav, you raise an excellent question and one I have often thought about as well. There is a difference between wanting to use ones talents for change and knowing how to do that.Anyone can do the small interpersonal things that make daily life better for those they encounter. But people who want to act on a larger level, or even to make significant change-making their life's work, do not necessarily learn from TED talks how they can get involved with their talents. They are told they can, they see others have, but that is not the same as knowing how. This gap can lead to major frustration and a feeling of being outside the circle of "those who can." If one goes to the website for a non-profit that provides services, there are probably links called something like "get involved." But at those links, the opportunities will often be to donate money or to engage in marketing in some way for the organization rather than to participate concretely. Sometimes there is opportunity to volunteer, but often there are far fewer opportunities than people who would like to invest serious time in the work.Some people have the personality, education, and network to find service opportunities easily or time and financing to bring their ideas to life.. Others may be highly motivated to serve but cannot so easily connect to opportunities.
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      Apr 9 2012: I'm trying to create a platform for this connectivity.
      Have a look at the website on my profile page.
      I'm trying to collect people at the moment.