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What happens after a TED or TEDx conference?

As a long-time lurker and 2-cents adder online at TED.com; a real life participant / volunteer / organizer with TEDxTokyo and xToronto; a careful steward of the TED brand having raised money for the Sapling Foundation etc., I notice that a talk / conversation topic / TED Prize / TEDx event attracts a great deal of excitement among many intelligent people. But what comes of all this? Are any of us here prepared to get together for real world action? Unfortunately, I've seen a lot of parting of ways and dissipation after an event. I'm afraid that for real change, a lot of it has to necessarily get political, and even TED is too shy for that. I have yet to hear of a post-TED cross-discipline, integrative, problem-solving success story among people who found each other here and did something synergistic about it!

Is TED the end or the beginning?

I like devising strategies to incentivize similarly inspired strangers to break out of their routines and take on an issue together after their minds have been set ablaze...


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    Apr 20 2013: Yay TEDx Tokyo and Toronto!

    The entire ideas into action is big sub theme for the TED community. The TED Prize is an example of ideas into action, with, I believe JR, being a solid example of ideas into action. Personally, I think there is a lot to learn from the social entrepreneurship and united way crowd.
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      Apr 21 2013: Hi Ross, I went to YorkU! :)

      What kind of action broke out after an idea set everyone's heads on fire at a TEDxYorku conference?

      I had a lot of fun doing the Inside Out project in Tokyo (and got to meet JR over breakfast!!) and though it is totally natural that a project needs to come to an end, I think things like that have a potential for ongoing momentum too. But how?

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