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Sarah Shewey

CEO/Founder, Happily


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How do you move inspiration into action? *A TEDActive Social Networks Project*


At TEDActive2011 in Palm Springs, an amazing group of individuals came together as a team to come up with a simple micro-action solution for finding a way to move inspiration into action through social networks. After a quick 36 hour period of time, they told us this story:

When I woke this morning and checked my messages, I had a link to a video. The video was made by two Year 12 students, Nile and Hannah from Huntington School in York in the UK. And they made the video to explain why they’re excited to hear about the TEDED program. (education.ted.com)

They found TEDED through their teacher, who was sent the link by his head of school. The Head of School found out through Sir Ken Robinson who sent out a tweet asking people to support this initiative. Sir Ken sent the tweet because he was messaged by Marcus, a member of our group for whom Sir Ken is a mentor, a personal connection. In a single day, with 9 targeted messages, our group got the TEDED link into 6,017 schools across the US, the UK and Australia.

Rather than proposing a specific micro-action, we are proposing a new micro- philosophy. Know the power of the people in your network, know the way to reach them, and know to ask them to act in a way that matters. Whether it’s showing support for the middle east, participating in JR’s global art project, or spreading TEDED we’re asking you to be deliberate in your social networks.

When you share your ideas from this week, we’re asking you to be the signal, not the noise.

What are some other ways that you can move inspiration into action?

Please comment below or tag any new conversations with TEDActiveSOC so that we can join in!


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    May 10 2011: Being an example can always help to bring inspiration down to earth to do work and if you have been inspiration to people and people see you doing the hard work yourself and not only talk about nice things it, people will jump in to help and to be part of the movement or action or work you do...
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      May 10 2011: I agree Kristine. When we show exemplary behavior, very often other people notice and do the same ... because of this, good work can ripple through a whole social network.

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