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Become a politician to (try to) make the world a better place?

About two years ago I discovered TED, then i spent a year watching all the Talks and getting into many different Conversations about just about everything.

It was clear to me long before I found TED that the world had problems, and every now and then I would come up with a solution to one of these problems.
But the problem or the solution was only ever discussed and shared with my friends, who weren't very influential - and thus no changes came to the world from my thoughts or opinions.

As I watched more and more TED Talks and got into deeper and deeper Conversations I realized that many of the problems I had been pondering were already solved in ingenious ways. But very few were ever implemented on large scale, mostly because of political issues in one way or another.

I tried at first to influence politicians through social media and Emails. I wrote to all kinds of officials about everything that was promising and innovative, about all the cool projects that there were out in the world and urged them to take these great ideas to heart.
Very few replied and it is my conclusion that I was unsuccessful in influencing them strongly enough to achieve the amount of change I was hoping for.

So in December I decided to become one, a local politician in my hometown.
So far I haven't been able to pass any revolutionary laws or systems. But I have managed to make politics in Falkenberg, Sweden a bit more transparent and open, getting them to use social media and tech more and better.
I've managed to help save our local hospital from being moved to another city and I've gathered a handful of good and smart people to form a "visionary group" for our city.

On top of that I've met incredible (and not so incredible) people that have the power to change things. And I've been able to forward my ideas to them, getting feedback and achieving (small) change through this.

It's a start!

When will you start and what will it take?

Topics: politics

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    Sep 20 2012: I am actually going to run for Governor of Ohio in the 2014 election. I very much plan on use some ted talk ideas for my running platform . As well as trying to get rid of the D and R from beside everyone's name and make them all I's. And hopefully do it for free if everything works out over the next year to remind people that these men and women we elect are suppose to be public servants and not the other way around.
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      Sep 22 2012: Glad to hear it Casey, good luck to you.
    • Sep 22 2012: hi casey ,i think my idea is a very good start you will boost your popularity , good luck to you
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        Sep 22 2012: Thank you, both


        What idea are you referring to?
        • Sep 22 2012: hello, my idea is very simple , it's about the global crisis ideas ,if you count the number of people who have the power of decision in a government you will see that they are not numerous this is why they must to search a very special people among millions of them who can give a special ideas because the actual crisis need a special ideas ,how this idea could be realized? it's very simple all the governement of the world who want real change must to create ( the secretariat of the innovative ideas) why ?(1)-firstly because they are not numerous (2)-secondly they try to solve the current problems with solutions of the past ( tax increase) (3)they have no power over finance ,statistically you can be sure to find people from all sides who can give inovative ideas ,the most intresting ideas will examined by experts commitions and finaly the governement have the final d├ęcision to accept or not the idie
        • Sep 22 2012: this is the second one , we know water resources dwindled day by day, I tell you simply that this is an event happen in my bathroom and I shoot in my field of view, i view my old manual faucet and I was shocked to see that I shoot an invention that dates back to 1486 with an iPhone ho the man has done better technologically, that's why the faucets works in automatic approach hands must be generalize in most houses possible to diminish enormously the waste water (1) firstly find the cheapest to produce as possible for the amount of faucets, the change of the old faucets will recover a lot of copper that will reduce the cost of the news (2) secondly we must take the best of them and put them in a museum (3) it's going to create many jobs , thank you

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