Robert Mayer

Program / Project Manager (PMP), Choice Hotels International

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What are the demographics of the TED community?

I was wondering is the TED community really diverse or is it heavily skewed in some way? I was not easily able to find the answer and I was wondering what the community itself thought it was. Are we an even slice of humanity or are we missing the voice of some portion of humanity? If so what is the least represented sub-grouping with in reason.

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    Sep 23 2012: I was about to ask a question and then realized I had no idea what the group of people I was about to ask consisted of. I would ask a different question if the audience was all men then if they where all women. I would also trust the answer I would get to a question more based upon the group that was giving the answer. Then I tried to do some research on the TED community. This gave me an interesting set of articles indicating that all TED members are rich elitists. So having failed at my Google searching I figured I would just ask the community instead.
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      Sep 23 2012: That makes a lot of sense. But why would you edit a question based on gender? If it's a good question no body will edit. Trust me, I am neither rich or an elitist. As far as I can tell, many here can't afford to go to the conferences. Even if they were held next door.

      I think Mr. O'brian's statistics are a pretty good representation but I do not know his methodology or where the numbers came from. I think there might be fewer women than he reports. Either that, or they like different discussions than I do.
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        Sep 23 2012: why we are here .i think there are three kinds of person

        the first people who want to learn .
        the second people who want to change the world
        the third people who want to chat make frinds and just make time .

        the first kind of people they just adopt to the theam.they learn .design .they think they can get much knowledge here.but i dont think so

        the second i think is the best they want to change they just take action to do some thing to dussicus something to let people know something .we are all better .we do not to learn we just make others learn

        and the third is the worst they are just wasting time .it is a pity
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        Sep 23 2012: How much is a conference?,we have only one coming up in my city next month and i don't think i'm going to even try,unless it was run totally by kids then i might be interested.

        EDIT

        I hope you see this Chen

        That price range though the cheapest is too far out of my budget,is there one near you in China?
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          Sep 23 2012: you can cheak out on the ted .it is about 25oo$.will you go !
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        Sep 23 2012: Here is an example where I would edit a question based upon the gender of the person I was asking the question. I may ask a group of women if menopause is something that should have more research dedicated to it. I would not ask a group of men that same question as I would find the information they gave me to be inherently questionable. I believe that asking the right question requires a good deal of information about the person or persons you are asking the question of.
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          Sep 25 2012: That would depend on what type of information you are seeking. If you only want a woman's perspective I could understand. But here you have scientist and economists who are male who could contribute to a question like that. They could help with the biology or the economic impact.

          Also, one way to learn about the information on the persons you are asking the question of is to ask it and see what happens. You'll probably learn a lot more than demographics would tell you:)
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      Sep 23 2012: Robert and Linda,

      I think when you look at the stats or write-ups about TED demographics, part of the inconsistency may come from which TED community the source is talking about.

      My guess is that Gerald's data describes those who are signed up as members, which would be people who like to listen to the talks and get email alerts from TED about the talks posted online. This group may be 150,000 people (I haven't checked- just estimating) and obviously only a very small proportion post comments on the talks or in Conversations. Only a very small proportion also can likely afford the two yearly TED conferences, but many likely can afford the TEDX conferences around the globe, which may cost little or nothing to attend. I went to a local one within the last year that didn't charge anything.

      An article that refers to TED members as rich would likely not be talking about those listening to talks at home, participating in Conversations, or going to their local TedX orTEDxYouth. Such an article very likely means to describe those who can afford $2500 for the big conferences.
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    Sep 19 2012: Gerald, I am glad you do not mind me asking questions however, you seem to be avoiding answering them. You state you did not bother with the 1,320,044 pseudo members. Thats nice. You did not answer how you came to the figures regarding the 127,187 active members.

    or

    Maybe you have answered by the silence surrounding the non answer. Gerald did you fudge and just give us something to chew on hoping that we would not ask for some proof.

    This dumb organism does not want control ... just do not want to use stats that were manufactured.

    I have a federal government that is in charge of that part of my life.

    Bob.
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    Sep 18 2012: It seems the volume of participation (rather than the roster of those registered) would be negatively related to whether a person is employed forty or more hours per week outside the home.

    If that hypothesis is true, those who are employed full or long hours outside the home might be under-represented, while retirees and those employed at most part-time would be over-represented in proportion to their percents of population.
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    Sep 23 2012: Well that kind of makes me a poor elitist,no wonder no one listens to me,can't they understand my way is the only logical path?he he.

    I've been trying to disengage from posting my opinion and trying my hand at being a better interviewer to draw more participation from the people i ask Q's of,especially the newly arrived,i suck terribly,how do you get rid of the little dictator?
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    Sep 23 2012: Just out of curiosity. Why do you want to know?
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    Sep 21 2012: I actually think we're relatively representative of the "international community"... As TED Lover suggests, we skew towards the intellectually curious... but that's without race, gender, age, or creed. I assume the conversation feature got us blocked in some countries.

    Probably skew upper income on one side, but part time on the other, with a lack of laborers in the middle, as Fritzie suggested. Probably a lot of retired people as well.
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    Sep 20 2012: So what you want to know is:

    If I type in say, a search of "some ted artist name" and you do the same from your computer, do we both get the same information?

    Well, I can tell you guys this. This particular question is on live watch TED TV right now. I've been bleeped twice already for posting the wrong word(s).

    You can get the information your looking for by emailing TED or you can pick an old member who is very active that might fit the profile of the peop;e your looking for a search through all the questions they've asked. ...
    There are all kinda ways to find this stuff.

    I can't tell you the easy way because it would be considered a none TED trigger word. But I can tell you this:

    www.moonstroller.com
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    Sep 20 2012: To ensure originality and differentiation, Your use of TED API must conform to the description You provided TED in Your API key application.
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    Sep 20 2012: You could just send them an email and ask them this question.
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    Sep 20 2012: There's nobody here but me, James, and that's it. The rest are bots.
    Well, you're not a bot of course.

    Try wget
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    Sep 19 2012: I'm sure, there's an API on the demographics of each user profile on TED somewhere.

    There should also be data on each user's activity as well, if the concern is also about pseudodata.
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    Sep 18 2012: Brilliant question - will like to see where this goes.
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    Sep 18 2012: Age :

    15/25 : 15%
    25/40 : 50 %
    40/55 : 30%
    55/100 : 15%

    Sex :

    Male : 65%
    Female : 35%

    Religion :

    Christian/Muslim/Jew/Hinduist/Buddhist/Animist/Quantum Mystic/UFO : 60%
    Atheist : 30%
    Undisclosed : 10%


    SO I'd say that, compared with the actual world, we're low on youngsters, females and religious people.
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      Sep 18 2012: the low number of females is a problem, the other two is not so much!
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      Sep 18 2012: Gerald, Mr Mayer had problems in finding this information. I do no see a easy access through the TED guide above. For the sake of giving your figures some crediability and that we can use them in our replies. Where did you get the facts and what is the accuracy.

      To TED conversation staff can you in some way verify this is accurate?

      Gerald do not take this as a insult I question everything.

      All the best. Bob.
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        Sep 18 2012: I didn't bother with the 1,320,044 pseudo members.
        There's more like a dozen of us, here, active.

        Questionning everything is cool by me, Bob. It's like sex (in biology). It's a way to shuffle the cards that makes it hard for dumber organism to take control.
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          Sep 19 2012: Gerald, I am glad you do not mind me asking questions however, you seem to be avoiding answering them. You state you did not bother with the 1,320,044 pseudo members. Thats nice. You did not answer how you came to the figures regarding the 127,187 active members.

          or

          Maybe you have answered by the silence surrounding the non answer. Gerald did you fudge and just give us something to chew on hoping that we would not ask for some proof.

          This dumb organism does not want control ... just do not want to use stats that were manufactured.

          I have a federal government that is in charge of that part of my life.

          Bob.
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        Sep 19 2012: Dear Bob. I thought it was implied that my figures were... personnal.
        127,187 active members, you say?
        I guess it depends what you call "active".

        I did my demographics based on the handfull of active (active) members. We're a small tribe with a lot of trees around us. I took the liberty to discard the trees from my calculations. So it's statistics, not actual demographics.

        Funny how none of the trees have anything to say about this.
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          Sep 20 2012: The Druids will be sad that the trees had no input.

          Now I understand the 12 you spoke of earlier are the target population. Thanks.
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          Sep 20 2012: I'm not a tree!
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    Sep 18 2012: It is a curious question that leads me to ask if ideas can become their own demographic. That is to say, if they were no identities attached to each statement, question, or argument. If the idea simply existed and comingled, forming new ideas on the basis of viability and support.
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    Gail .

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    Sep 18 2012: I think that we are heavily skewed to the intellectually curious. There are a few at the opposite end of the spectrum. The vast majority of people who are numb to what is happening in our world appear to be absent. I do hope that they wake up soon and join us
    • Sep 18 2012: "I think that we are heavily skewed to the intellectually curious."

      And who are they? I've seen religious fundamentalists on this forum so if by "intellectual" you mean smart and enlightened then I disagree.
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        Gail .

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        Sep 18 2012: I think that the religious fundamentalists, though present, are the few at the opposite end of the spectrum that my post spoke of. I also didn't say "intellectual". I said "intellectually curious" - meaning eager to learn
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        Sep 22 2012: No one is talking about you John. :)