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If you had the undivided attention of your country's leaders for an hour (they are busy people) which TEDTalks would you show them?

When watching TEDTalks I often wish I could show this to policy makers. I think if I had the attention of politicians on a national level I'd concentrate on education, as every new government changes the curriculum to reflect their own values, and those kids will have to save the planet and pay my pension, so I want them to get a good education!

Stephen Ritz (although he is a double whammy of education and greening cities), Salman Khan, Arthur Benjamin, Sugata Mitra

And for local politicians I'd chose talks on making cities greener.

Majora Carter, Pam Warhurst, Eduardo Paes. Robert Hammond

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    Sep 16 2012: I'd start by giving them a global perspective and some hope, few realize how much politicians need hope. "Hans Rosling Good News of the Decade"

    Then I'd show them so that they can get their priorities right.

    Finally I'd show them this so that they know how to begin creating a government where the people have a say and also help out.

    However this list will likely have changed tomorrow when I realize that I didn't put anything about the environment or school or healthcare in that hour... An hour isn't nearly enough time to go through the worlds problems. But creating a better core structure of government would be first priority, a government guided by the people.
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    Sep 15 2012: I don't know if there is a TED presentation on this subject but I would search for one that explains the damage that sociopaths do to society through their cynical pursuit of power over other people, devoid of empathy for the suffering of others.

    A horrific proportion (way more than 50%) of politicians and other people with power are sociopaths. It is not hard to understand this since their sociopathology is on display 24/7. Think about the terrible suffering they inflict with their narrow, greedy policies designed to reward the elites and punish the 99%. It is quite clear that they simply do not care how much other people suffer. This is the defining characteristic of sociopathology. Of course a part of their syndrome is that they don't care if I show them a TED talk on that subject but you did ask.
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    Sep 13 2012: Garth Lenz's "The True Cost Of Oil"
    There is so much environmental degradation in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. We gotta give much thought to the activities of oil companies in the region.
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    Sep 19 2012: How ordinary people become monsters … or heroes: Philip Zimbardo

    I believe that his work on how these military personal are put in a position where extreme behavior is excepted is and how our current political system got start. It became ok for politicians to act this way because they all act that way.
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    Sep 16 2012: I would show them airial snapshots of every major city in the U.S. during rush hour. Then I would ask them "really" is this the best you can come up with? It's time to stop the waste of time and energy just to get back an fourth to work. This infrastructure is so outdated it's barbaric. We have the labor, we have the technology, let's get on with it. Our oil based economy has got to go. You want to creat jobs but you fail to realize why people are not real motivated about working. They are begining to realize we deserve a better way of life and that we have the technoligical means to do so. But big energy and big oil are standing in the way to protect their corner on the market.

    Let's begin to elect representatives that champion this initiative begining at the city level until we have replaced all the oil puppets in government. Let's enact a "vote out" based on quarterly performance instead of letting them proliferate for full terms.

    Finally I would hand each representative a "to do" list from their specific district and say here's what the people (your boss) want...get to work.
  • Sep 15 2012: Anywhere in the world,we know,education is very important.SO if I have an hour to the leaders,I would say:take more care the children,take more care their growth。
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    Sep 15 2012: Honestly, most of them know and are aware of advanced technologies. I am always amazed as to how much is kept hidden from humanity- intentionally.

    There has been things invented years ago to make energy free and affordable. The true rulers of the countries don't want that information out though, it would not put more money in their pockets, therefore it is kept hidden. It would eliminate the dependency on fossil fuels, electricity, etc.

    Just some thought. And to be honest, do the politicians really care about us? I don't believe they do.
  • Sep 15 2012: National leaders aren't all they're cracked up to be, most our just shrewd lawyers, businessmen or (ex-)military who don't really understand what they're doing and are basically just a glorified HR manager of an army of civil servants that runs the country. I don't expect any groundbraking insights from them, unless there really is something "not of this world" at Area 51, that I would want to know.
  • Sep 13 2012: If I had our leader's attention I would state the following:
    1. With ever manufacturing business we allow to leave our shores, we create a permanent dependency on another country. We also lose the opportunity to train the next generation in the skills, techniques, and engineering associated with production of that item.
    2. When the risk, cost and work required to get the most demanding degrees exceeds the perceived payback, he motivation for potential student to get these degrees will diminish.
    3. If speculative investment practices, exploitation of loopholes in government laws, and corruption are what brought on the recent financial crisis. then we should put taxes, fines, and high investment insurance rates on these practices to control their ability to impact those that work for a living.
    4. Volunteer service should receive a nominal hourly tax break.
    5. Why not use deactivated military assets (bases, ships) as shelters for the homeless?
    6. Any inmate capable of physical labor should be performing physical labor towards the benefit of society. Disaster relief, tending public lands, painting public facilities or assets, cleaning public beaches. No free rides!
    7. Companies with retirement programs should have their assets, expenses, and profits regulated such that retirement benefits are not subject to speculative practices.
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    Sep 18 2012: I would have to say the TED Talk by Karen Armstrong who received the TED Prize to help create the Charter for Compassion.
    We live in a time of religious conflict and strife. Now more then ever we as human beings need to focus on the things we have in common and not our differences, and this is especially true of our religious beliefs. We do not to return to the Golden Rule:

    " Do onto others as you would have them do unto you"
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    Sep 14 2012: Nothing. He is a multi-millionaire who has an agenda given to him by George Seros. We have nothing in common. It will only get worse in his (if) second term. We are on a finicial cliff and the solution was today to spend four billion a month in more give aways. If I was broke and just kept on spending I would go to jail. I think leaders should be held responsible also.

    Perhaps he could show me how to bow to kings or how to appoligise for America.

    Nope we have nothing in common.
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      Sep 14 2012: Ken some thoughts are better off remaining private. There are people who take offhand remarks very serious. Please consider my request.

      Thanks. Bob.
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        Sep 14 2012: Yes,you're right bob,i'll delete it