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Mohanapriya Rajasekaran

Human Resource Management - Student, School of Management, University of Southampton, UK

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All of us can make a difference..and here is how! "Small community talks"

I am sure all of us have an urge to make a difference and bring a change to the community by some means and hence we are part of this respected and resourceful TED community!

But how far have we gone to bring about change that we want to see in people around us, our neighbours, our friends, colleagues, our community etc. Be it anything from sharing your experience that should teach someone a lesson to influence people to live a healthier life to educate underprivileged children around us or to make someone a better person.

Being a TED Speaker is probably the best possible way to reach millions of people. But to positively change and influence our closest ones in our community or circle, all it takes is an idea and a voice!

Share that one most important thing that you want to share with your community that can make a difference in their life.

(This idea is truly inspired by the whole idea of TED! The rich and thoughtful knowledge it imparts in its viewers effectively)


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  • Jan 8 2013: It's a nice idea to have a community talk. Smaller will be more effective I guess as it will be more personal. But how can we set up a platform that people do take seriously. For example if I want people to understand the importance of following lane rules in traffic or something as simple as that, how can I reach out.

    As these are facts which are obvious but not much followed in many places around the world, the person trying to drive home the point gets brushed away. i know TED's a serious platform but not so much for the underprivileged who find it hard to survive.

    Let me know if you have any ideas on this.
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      Jan 8 2013: I guess the whole point of TED getting the videos translated in all possible languages is to reach people in all corners of the world.. If you find any video you want to share with someone (Who you think may not have access to TED) you can download it and play it to them i guess...

      On Following traffic rules - That's a good point but could be very challenging to put it across. But if you can bring to notice of those people all the dangers they may face for not following rules, it can work to some extent.. Even if one in ten buys it.. its good right?? I think awareness of the danger is what is missing!

      But I appreciate your thoughts on wanting to bring a change.. Good luck with it!

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