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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 21 2013: "Is TED the end or the beginning?"

    I believe TED is BOTH. Duality... Go! I think TED can be viewed as an "end" because TED conferences and the speakers at them seem to always share their experiences, discoveries, or research up to that point in time and give a "recap" of the conclusions they have arrived at. In this respect TED is an "end", but I like to think of it more as a "moment of reflection". TED I think can at the same time be a "beginning" because people have the opportunity to take action with what they have just been made aware of and start something new by building off those ideas. And also, I guess sometimes the speakers leave the audience with something thought provoking at the end of their talks and maybe that can be the "start" of a something too.

    "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..."

    Whoa! Sounds cool! (cool as in meaningful and constructive) How can this happen?

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