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Should TED presenters be 'asked' (read: required) to participate in TED Conversations, in regards to their talk, for a minimum of 2 weeks?

TED is a phenomenal venue. Many presenters are experts in their field. TED provides them with a public platform to express their perspective - I believe at no charge. Expenses are covered by the conference participant fees - if I am correct. Should there be a 'question and answer' period for the TED population who have no access, nor can afford, to attend events? 'Conversations' would seem to be the logical place. If presenters were required to participate in TED conversations as a condition of presenting, then the whole TED community could have the opportunity to get clarification, ask specific questions, and generally participate in a global exchange. It's a win-win-win. TED wins by having exemplary presentations where all interested parties can participate directly. The presenter wins because they get to clarify points to the audience, and their audience effectively expands, TED participants win because they can ask questions directly and/or have access to a foremost expert in a field of their choosing.

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  • May 14 2013: No. The presenters that I find most valuable have better things to do than answer questions. Also, if they answer all of our questions here, no one will buy their books.
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      May 14 2013: Ha! Good point. Thnx for responding.
  • May 14 2013: No. However, you might let them know where the talks might be discussed.

    Is there an area dedicated to just reviews of talks?
  • May 14 2013: I like the idea, but agree with a lot of folks here, that it would be unrealistic to expect it of them.
    What about webinars? Or live "chat" conversations, based on their particular area of expertise?
    I really do agree, that some kind of interaction would be mutually beneficial for both speakers and the TEDcommunity!

    Edit - there are already live conversations, like the one coming up with Meg Jay in May 15th...
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      May 15 2013: Fritzie showed me that there already is a place offered, so i'm waiting for my question to expire. Thnx.
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    May 14 2013: Offhand it sounds great. Problems might include that these folks are busy people and some are well-paid, perhaps they wouldn't want to participate for free.
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      May 14 2013: Ahh, I didn't realize some were paid. That's important. Thnx.
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    May 14 2013: Do you mean the conversation that takes place "under" their talk, where people comment on the recently posted talk and some presenters do participate?
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      May 14 2013: Oops. Missed that one. Thnx for pointing that out. Makes this 'question' unfounded. It's already being done. I'm going to remove it. Thnx again.
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        May 14 2013: It doesn't eliminate the relevance of your question in the sense that they are not required to participate there.
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          May 14 2013: yea, but still, my point was whether presenters could be available to non-attendees, and that's available. So I couldn't figure out how to 'delete' the conversation so I just made sure the time was minimum. Thnx Fritzie