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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 28 2013: I've always seen TED as a place to learn about new ideas and get inspiration. And I think that's a lot. By inspiring people, they see that they can make small changes in their lifes and these changes can make a whole difference in the lifes of others... Changes doesn't happen overnight. It takes patience and care to get the right results... but it is even better if people choose to do those changes by themselves and not because a ramdon law ask them to do it.

    I can understand that you want to see those changes happening now, today but... Is it the political way the paht to follow? Endless discussions between party 1, 2 and 3 till they create a law that satisfies their own agendas? I don't trust politicians. They're jus necessary evil because a country needs to have a general manager, as any other company, to keep it running. But every single politician thinks about one thing.

    And what about forcing people to act because a law? Is that the right path? Shouldn't people be encouraged instead of forced?

    And lats, but not least... are the solutions/ideas exposed by TED Talkers (or any discussion group created during the breaks) the right ones? why? Any of these talkers are by far much more knowledgeable and smarter than I am but that doesn't mean that I have to hold on their ideas as the only possible truth.

    The greatness of TED is that it makes me think but it doesn't make any decissions for me.

    Yet, if you do want to check if that synergy created really gets to something, maybe you should do a follow up. Let's say that you propose a 30-day experiment to those who go to a live event. Ask them to participate, write their names on the list so you can contact them to know the results, and ask them to come to this web page and share those results, if not with everyone at least with TED itself. That could be a way to know if these ideas do something or not.
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      May 7 2013: I think it's"enough" for some people to be inspired and set off thinking things in ways that are new...can you tell us if those new thoughts have helped you form something substantive in real life? That's what I'm wondering about. I wonder how far inspiration like this can go...

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