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Discuss the note to the TED community on the withdrawal of the TEDxWestHollywood license.

For discussion: http://blog.ted.com/2013/04/01/a-note-to-the-ted-community-on-the-withdrawal-of-the-tedxwesthollywood-license

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    Apr 2 2013: Dave's point below sums up my feelings. But one point worth adding:

    Although I'm sure Larry Dossey and Rupert Sheldrake relish in playing victim here (as evidenced by Larry's post below) because they will get more attention to their work, speakers were not "singled out" here. It was the overall theme and approach of TEDxWestHollywood that drew concern, and TED did not simply make an immediate decision - they consulted with the organizer and could not find a mutually agreeable path forward. The event will still go on under a different branding, and nobody's work is being censored.

    As Dave said, TED is under no obligation to license its brand out, and if it has concerns about an event's program, it very much should discuss with the organizer and revoke the license if necessary. For the long-term good of the TEDx community and ensuring some level of quality in an open system, I'm really pleased with TED's approach here. Moreover, they were transparent about the process and reasoning behind the decision.

    Kudos to Lara Stein and the TED team for standing up for the rest of the TEDx community and making a tough decision.
    • Apr 2 2013: Nate Mook says: Although I'm sure Larry Dossey and Rupert Sheldrake relish in playing victim here (as evidenced by Larry's post below)"

      What? Larry's playing victim? Could you explain the evidence you're presenting?

      "perhaps exTED will become a badge of honour for future events rather than TEDx?

      and eventually a bigger organisation than the lack-lustre lackeys of TED?

      or maybe just BETTER THAN TED for openness, honesty and
      truth?"
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        Apr 2 2013: I was specifically referring to this comment from Larry, which yes, claims that TED is attacking him personally:

        "I can add my name to those of Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock as speakers who find themselves in TEDx’s crosshairs."
    • Apr 2 2013: Wow Nate, saying that really screams victim. An unfortunate use of language maybe, but hardly screaming victim. Anyways I reread his post, I see now now it is full of vitriol and hard feelings end to end (sarcasm).

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