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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 3 2013: There are several issues that get jumbled in these conversations. TED can sanction whatever it wants, BUT to yank my event, with no warning, a little more than two weeks before it was to go, is wrong from all perspectives. We have no money from TED, although when this stuck pig squealed there was talk about reimbursing “sunk costs” – i.e. money we’ve already expended. We’re told the “policy” is no money that would allow the event to proceed. So, my pocket or no event. And TED has ceased communicating about financial reimbursement. We were sponsored, selling tickets, and ready to roll when we lost sponsorship, had to refund ticket money to a TEDx event, and must take money out of our pockets to deliver to what becomes a questionably-sized live stream audience without TED’s promotional help.

    TED could have avoided ALL of the trouble by following its own stated practices. A mentor is supposed to come with the territory – what the 160 page manual says will be available. As we were diligent in following what was clear in the manual, we asked – begged – for someone to help us. All sorts of things come up that the manual doesn’t account for, and our job would have been made easier and more efficient with a TED hand to hold that could have steered us off any wrong course we were perceived to be on. Our emails to people in our area, who seem to show up as helpful in the vague ethers that float around, haven’t even been returned, and there was no TED help to find someone. We were on our own to conceive our program, and almost all questions we tried to run by TED weren't answered. So, look what happened. I’m not saying anything about what we, on our own, came up with – about how first-rate our program is – but let’s get TED’s culpability on the table. This dialogue could have been avoided had TED minded its own store, which also would have helped us in this monumental volunteer project we took on.
    • Apr 3 2013: Just to play devil's advocate Suzanne,you may get a comment akin to this - you say "our job would have been made easier and more efficient with a TED hand to hold that could have steered us off any wrong course," and yet TED says they held talks with you from December 2012. TED is a non-profit organization, they have to run a tight ship, surely TED's decisions on answering, (what sounds like numerous from you), emails are a matter of TEDx, either formally or imformally, ranking it's importance for action and dealing with it accordingly. What sort of emails were you sending and how many did you send!? You sound needy, can't you make an executive decision? because surely TED did answer the IMPORTANT questions, the ones that may affect their choice on their invovlement with the West Hollywood event.
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        Apr 4 2013: I'm just sayin'. Some good steers for TED here. A mentor from day one should be essential. The number one thing that would improve everything the most. Newbies are adrift in a sea of requirements. To get what TED wants it's elemental there needs to be better assistance. What TED was for us was speed-bumps on our path,

        Do you want to stick with me sounding needy? Doesn't sound nice. Nor does your certainty about what you don't know.
        • Apr 4 2013: No,I do support you, just a trial run for you in science debating
      • Apr 4 2013: Here's what I don't understand. Maybe I missed it, but if TED has been holding talks with Suzanne and West Hollywood since 12/12, how did they not know they needed to pull the plug until late March? And why only since 12/12, if this has been under development for nearly a year.

        It just seems like this decision came awfully late in the game and is suspiciously timed, given what immediately preceded it.
    • Apr 4 2013: This debacle is of your own making, and could have been avoided by you not trying to use the TED brand to promote pseudoscience.
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        Apr 4 2013: Peer-reviewed articles in journals like Nature are not "pseudo-science".
      • Apr 4 2013: Nonsense. TED is about Ideas worth spreading. Let those who have ears to hear, hear; and then decide what is "pseudoscience". All new realities are ridiculed until they are found to be self evident.
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      • Apr 4 2013: Again your logical fallacy is, these discussions have generated record interest.

        Why ignore the subject if its clearly such an important one? Or are you determined not to look at any perspective but your own?

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