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greg dahlen

Alumnus, academy of achievement


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If you were to give a TED talk what would it be about? What points would you make about your topic?

Interested to hear what matters to people.


Closing Statement from greg dahlen

Well, it wasn I saw that people have interesting ideas for TED talks. One wonders if everyone in the world has an interesting talk in them?

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    Feb 22 2013: Miscegenation and world peace.Note that they are not separate topics.
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        Mar 18 2013: Kate, I'm surprised you don't have a topic for a talk, given that you're quite active on conversations.
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        Mar 18 2013: Oh darn, Kate, this conversation is rather close to closing, that would have been fun thinking of a topic for you. I can understand you not being comfortable, but you know there are few things in this world as stimulating, mentally enriching, as performing, talking, etc., in front of an audience. Is it some kind of fear that is preventing you?

        As far as a topic, well, the conversation topics you introduce on TED seem to be a wide variety. Is there any topic that consistently holds your interest, that you return to again and again? What do you do for a living? Possibly some aspect of your vegetarianism would interest an audience. Have you done anything to encourage restaurants to go veggie once a week, as opposed to just wishing they would? Here in U.S. we have a huge choice of restaurants, many veggie options, are you saying you don't in Australia, why would that be?
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        Mar 19 2013: wonder if that explains it, as meat is reasonably cheap, fresh, and available in the U.S., yet vegetarians get lots of respect. That might be something to delve into more deeply, why vegetarians aren't as tolerated in Australia. Perhaps you could be part of changing attitudes. I suppose if you really did become part of changing attitudes, that might become your TED talk.

        Do you wish you had ideas worth spreading that others haven't already done? Wonder how you could get them?
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        Mar 20 2013: Thanks for asking what topic I would talk on. Just at the moment I don't think I have a topic. The thing that interests me the most about my life is my all-milk diet, but I think if I were to present that topic to a group, I would have to be prepared to answer certain questions, such as "Doesn't a person miss out on certain nutrients when they live on milk?" At this moment I would not have a scientific answer for them. I have a degree from Stanford, but it's in English, not nutrition.

        Kate, I was thinking about your idea that all restaurants go vegetarian one night a week. I wonder if they could do this financially, are there enough vegetarians that the restaurants wouldn't take too big a financial hit on veggie night?
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        Mar 20 2013: Kate, I might mention that the all-milk diet is rather controversial. For instance, I wanted to present it on a website called 3fatchicksonadiet, where people share ideas about how to lose weight. Knowing it was controversial, I first wrote to the website behind the scenes, described the diet, and asked if it would be okay to write about it. They said sure. So I posted it in public on the site. The next day I went to see if I'd gotten any response and got a message that I'd been banned from the website for promoting an eating disorder!
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      Feb 26 2013: Yes, have you ever tried writing it as a speech and finding a place to deliver it? Are you comfortable speaking to a group?

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