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William Holz

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Could a few of us get some help with an overwhelmingly big idea? We call it the Co-opernation. We could also use help naming things.

My beloved and I would often get frustrated watching TED talks, seeing all these lovely, brilliant ideas that we were afraid would never happen in the real world, even though they made more sense than what we saw around us.

When she passed away, a few of us started working on an idea she inspired.

The idea was to stop fighting AGAINST anything and to simply use every single tool at our disposal to make a better place for the people we loved. We looked in a lot of right places and even more wrong ones, focused on seeing tools as what they were rather than what they were used for, and a strange question presented itself.

Would it be possible to take the framework of a corporation, like a Valve or Mondragon, insert a whole bunch of other people's amazing ideas and basically, turn corporate campuses into charter cities? Could we free people to simply help other people and remove most of the worries society has created? If we do this right could we hire anybody who wants to be a good person and contribute to the greater good and instantly free them from the current messes we're in?

So, we found our 'yes' answer pretty early (mostly standing on the shoulders of giants who hate each other), but it was a scary revolutionary confrontational thing and somehow that just felt WRONG. So we dedicated ourselves to making it gentle, harmless, hilarious, and non-threatening, and we're pretty much there.

And now we need help! We're shy, but since TED really is the biggest source we have, we want to start here. Our hope is to get some help organizing us, getting this idea out there and into some better hands so it can grow and get even better, then we can hopefully crowdsource a mellow revolution.

If anybody could point us in the right direction it'd be great!


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    May 30 2013: """" I had not realized TED was exclusively for business proposals.

    This is about solving a problem and exploiting an opportunity."""

    Firstly William.........Don't recall anybody claiming TED was exclusively for business proposals.

    Secondly...... I must have major comprehension problems with your postings because my understanding of your posts was that you were looking at establishing a business concept based on an untapped market and were looking for ideas to help the show get on the road.
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      May 30 2013: I do believe that I had the word 'exclusively' in that very sentence.

      I also have stated (directly to you, and in the main thread) that the mistaken perception that small business is a good starting point for this is something that I want to communicate better

      My post that you quote was in response to a post in which you disparage our efforts, which you clearly are not trying to understand, as a bad business model. (It's actually quote good, that's just a bad starting point)

      I'm honesty not sure how you are capable of forgetting what you are replying to so quickly, it is a feat of mental agility that I find impressive, if a bit sad.

      I really want to think you have a reason for being here, save for arguing people and then ignoring any counterpoints. That's just not a good use of anyone's time, true?

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