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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 27 2013: TED is such an amazing invention, ironically about inventions. One thing it is already doing is giving people the thinking-bug, which actually encourages them to take actions. TED should have a separate branch perhaps, named 'TED Action', wherein people can post things about amazing incentives and provide a step-by-step plan to the public to help complete the action. This would be different to TED conversations, and the website design could be totally outgoing and bright, encouraging ideas.

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