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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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    May 5 2013: Genevieve you have raised a very important point - what next ? However, on the flip side, although no noticeable world wide movement has started on any Ted Talks and Ideas, on individual level - micro level the Ted platform, and here I am talking about myself, has made me sit up and reflect on various topics, and surely in my small world, I have tried to share the knowledge gained in my blogs and in my work and interactions.

    It has made me a better and an understanding person. I am sure many are benefiting by the Talks and discussions, and those who have wider reach and clout in their respective field or organizations, may be percolating the ideas and concepts gained from this platform to their colleagues, friends and family.
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      May 7 2013: that's how it is for me too. i am just curious to know how far some people have been able to take it?

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