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Stefon Lyons

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Why do you think there aren't as many vocal leaders as there has been throughout history?

I have been thinking for awhile there is a lack of leadership outside of the politicians. In all other time periods there have been leaders for different causes whom people looked up to and respected such as the obvious examples Ghandi, MLK Jr., Elizabeth Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, etc etc.. Why do you think people aren't put up on the pedestal behind the podium to ignite positive progress anymore? Branching off of that do you think the people in todays world would be accepting of that? Would that style of leadership be good in todays climate?

One of the reasons that i've been contemplating is that whenever someone advocates for change they are viewed as different and they are cast aside because the people don't want to upset the system it seems like. Another major factor i think plays into it is nobody wants to sacrifice. For major groundbreaking change to occur people will need to put there necks on the line for the group, people will get beat up by cops, people will get thrown in jail, and i see that as a key factor in why for lesser or for more "Revolutions" don't happen anymore.

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    Jan 16 2013: Because we are still living our history.

    Three hundred years from now, people will read history books and will be told who were the vocal leaders in our time.

    Not all vocal leaders live to see the changes they are vocal about.....as your list of people above well illustrates.
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      Jan 16 2013: I thought you had run away Mary!

      In net time "Long time no see"
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        Jan 16 2013: Hi Ken.....long time no see.

        I have been keeping up with the talks and conversations, but had no time to contribute.

        It's nice to be able to participate once again.

        Read you around Ken!!!
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      Jan 16 2013: I agree for sure but i would also note that with todays technology and media coverage a leader of the magnitude and significance as those prior but would be a polarizing figure in the moment and not someone behind the scenes who twenty years from now we will be talking about.
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        Jan 16 2013: Stefon, of course! I thought of that too.

        And what do you think of all the speakers on TED?
        Don't you think they are vocal leaders?
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          Jan 17 2013: I definitely would but TED talks seem to be so individual, I hear a TED talk and think its incredible and then never hear about the incredibly sophisticated speaker ever again. Do you think people just aren't backing the causes or the speaker isn't delivering that type of message? I'd say it's both.

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