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Michel Desjardins

Risk Manager, Enterprise Resilience & Security, Telstra

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TED Ideas Worth Funding

For many years now, we are learning ideas worth spreading on TED.

I then asked myself:
- What's happening to TED ideas after broadcasting?
- How could we ensure that great ideas come to life?
- How could we help an idea to come to life?

Which lead me to:
- How could we bring TED to its next evolutionary stage?

My ideas:
- Let's embed a crowd funding model into TED. Let's ensure that great ideas have the financial support required to come to life and to impact our society.
(if you need to learn about it, here is a link to wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowd_funding )

- Let's even consider embedding crowd sourcing into TED. So, we could all work collaboratively at making the world a better place.
(wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdsourcing)

That's one thing to have an idea; that's another to make it happen. Let's make it easier for everyone and for us.

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    Jan 25 2013: I agree with most comments so far. I love TED broadcasts and I don't want it to because a capitalist thing and annoy its users.

    I have my own ideas (private business ideas) and I am working hard to make it come to life. It's not an easy task. It requires the assembling of a skilled international team. It requires time, personal and financial investment. I have a full understanding of the full life cycle of an ideas (or business) from its generation, implementation to retirement.

    To have TED ideas and to share it is one thing (and an excellent one). But it's another thing to make ideas happen. The essence of my idea is "how could we help ideas coming into life?"

    Potential help such as:
    - design
    - execution
    - manufacturing
    - funding
    - business management
    - risk management
    - project management
    - marketing
    - legal
    - programming
    - etc.

    Don't just focus on the funding part (most people dislike the concept, but they like the money when it flows in). If an idea would be supported by crowd sourcing the need for funding could be minimal if not nil. But without crowd sourcing, the need for funding is significantly higher as a project would need to hire specialists and consultants to do the work.

    How can we help TED ideas?

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