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Should TED drop the price of attending their events?

I have been on TED for about 6 months now and I would love to attend an event, but the price seems steep to me. I know there is overhead involved with pulling these things together, but the price seems out of reach for most people. The last time I looked, a conference was $7,500 and a conference via satellite was $2,500. I'm not bashing, but is there another model that would allow more people to go to an event for less money? Any thoughts?


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    Dec 30 2012: Yes I think TED should drop the price of their events significantly and allow many more of the regular average people to sit in the audience. They do have some free fellowship opportunities but not enough. They can use a much larger room that will hold more people to make their over all profit even higher if that is important to them. They can allow people to view the conference online exactly as it is being filmed for a small price so they can make the money back from the reduced ticket price. They can allow the talks to be played in movie theaters around the world or on cable the same day as they are being filmed and for the price of a film admission they can watch at least one segment of the talks equal in time to a typical movie. If they want to see more they can purchase a second movie ticket and say another 2 hours. I would like to pay to see each day of the conference from my home, not just some of the talks that are posted but I can not afford the 1000.00 fee. They will help their ideas to spread much quicker if they allow more people to have access to all of the talks from past and future events. It would be nice to allow the TED audience to be able to film their own speeches as well from their home without having to go to a TED or TEDx event to be filmed. A TEDxHomeAudienceSpeaksOut may be a good idea where people can apply for a licence to film a 18 minute talk from hom displaying a TEDxHomeAudienceSpeaksOut and upload it to ted to review and post if appropriate. I hope they reduce the price and consider making more events around the world. There is a lot they can do to help spread these ideas even quicker for cheaper and to be more effective and more profitable to them in the end.
    • Dec 30 2012: I think more access for more people means a stronger TED in the long run. There are many people who would benefit from going to an event live. Thank you for your input Michelle!

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