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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 19 2013: I am not sure if I understand your question. As I see it TED byline says it all. Ideas worth spreading. Period. Activism is a different cup of tea. Probably you got carried away.
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      Apr 21 2013: Well, if you think an organization's tagline ends at a literal interpretation, then many an organization better be more descriptive:

      Hyundai - Drive your way
      American Express - Don't leave home without it
      Movember - Healthier men, one moustache at a time,

      lest we get inspired to think beyond it. lol

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