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russell lester

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I love this site and this community I think it is the best thing i have ever found online. I first found it and I sat and interacted with the others and I felt that I had used the computer to accomplish something real and possitive. The way I imagine an engineer or artist feels after working on a computer and so far from the mindless social hum of other sites or the vapid porn or the endless pointless video games that suck up so much bandwith. But heres the thing, how can we as a community begin to form action groups in the real world to impliment the ideas of ours and the ideas that others on this site inspire us to emulate? I have a suggestion but I would like to hear other peoples ideas first. TED, Ideas Worth Doing.

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    Apr 20 2013: That's why I think that the , lets call them action groups should not be organized exclusively on an idea, but instead by locality. The people in your area who are TED posters are a much more important asset than the people globally who agree with you . TED is a wonderful think and act globally resource but its the acting locally that will lead to the ability to act effectively across the nations and continents. Everyone who posts withing a 150 miles of me would be a priceless asset, I live in the geographic center of Washington state in one of the least densely populated areas of the usa, and unfortunately its not a region that you find much support for innovative was of doing things.
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    Apr 19 2013: Well, to some degree we're already an action group, just by existing we spread and share ideas, both as individuals and through the collective power of the TED website and activities. But it might be helpful to say what idea you have, russell, that you'd like to implement, because the TED ideas come in so many different categories, from food to construction, to energy, to psychology.
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      Apr 20 2013: Bingo! Sharing is doing. Whether folks act upon the idea is beyond the scope of the person sharing. We each motivate ourselves to decide which issues, if any, will get some of our time and resources.
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    Apr 19 2013: What if we started by making it so that we could set a variable distance from our home and have all posts by people in that area come up in a local conversations category? that would allow you to select a 150 miles for people like me in the center of Washington state and 1/10 of a mile for people who live in more urban areas? we could then see who was active in our area and what they were interested in doing, it would be a natural tool to encourage people to then meet up and do things together.

    When it comes then to meeting venues, and organizations I think that using existing structures is more efficient than building new possibly redundant ones, I am a member of the Grange and I encourage everyone to look into it and see if they might want to join a local grange hall, the Grange is a powerful non partisan lobby group and community service group, the grassroots lobby system reaches almost every state and goes to the federal level as well. It is a group that was originally founded to help heal the divisions between north and south after the civil war and to help the south begin using more modern methods of agriculture(less labor intensive) it evolved to be a forum where farmers and ranchers could resist the economic exploitation that they faced from banks, insurance companies, and railroads. They did this by creating there own credit union and insurance company and by helping pass laws that restricted the power of monopolies.

    I don't know anything about computer programing, so I don't know how hard it would be to set up a system that allowed you to see activity within a certain radius (and perhaps selectively ignore some) but I do know how easy it is to find a Grange.
  • Apr 19 2013: This is a toughie - it's one thing to have an active online community of people sharing thoughts and ideas, but something else to get a community of actual people to leave the comfort of their homes and physically get involved in making a change. Things like 'Flash Mobs' are a nice way of integrating online action with physical action, but whether they have an effect on changing perspectives, I don't know.

    I agree with Greg and Kendl - TED is an excellent start, but it just tends to take mankind a while before it is literally 'up and running'!
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    Apr 18 2013: I have the same thought - ideas from people who otherwise would not have a platform to share, but actually have something great to contribute - I think there in the future could be, if not TED-based but otherwise, a well-known board of practical thought from citizens, utilized in our government. Does that already exist? Lol, probably, but I guess you know what I mean - something from a website, judged and passed to another board, then implemented.