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It is a fact TED is a unprecedented success. How do you think it differs from other inspirational and original talks available online?

Hello global community :) At the moment i'm doing a dissertation for my MA. in social entrepreneurship. I am curious to know the underneath (sometimes subconscious reasons) why the individuals are so passionate about TED and what does it triggers in their lifes. Innovation? Reinforcement of personal talents? Creativity? awareness? a more personalized type of education revolution? A craving for authenticity and establishment of relationships? Empathy? A reconnection with millenary way of inspiring by story telling? Is TED playing a "digital parenting" role for individuals, especially for the young generation? Is it a tool for reforming education?

As you may see, there are so many questions! Please feel free to just pop intutitive ideas, feelings and visions ... They will all serve for my analysis.

Looking forward to reading your comments.

Thank you very much,

Melina.

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  • May 28 2013: Hi Melina!
    I haven't been on TED all that long, a few weeks now I believe. But it's the last thing I do online before I go to bed, and the first thing I do when I wake up.
    Like many of us, I have been a social-media user for quite some time. My reasons for joining online communities like Facebook or Twitter, besides keeping in touch with family and friends around the globe, were to broaden my horizons, learn from others, experience new things.
    Unfortunately, that has not been happening at all the past few years. After a FB visit, I would often feel down, drained, affected by the negativity, the materialism, the meaninglessness. Any attempt at a healthy debate or discussion turned into negative and destructive remarks.
    When I discovered this community on TED, in short, it restored my faith in humanity! I am reassured, and grateful, that there are others who, like me, are passionate about this world and how we can make it better!
    TED is a genuine, trusting environment, where ideas and thoughts are respected. I feel honored to know you all, and feel enlightened on a daily basis! In some cases, it is about trusting one another with our inner-most feelings, which is only possible due of the unconditional amount of respect in the unique TED community.
    • May 28 2013: Thank you Lizanne! I LOVE what you said: "in short, it restored my faith in humanity! I am reassured, and grateful, that there are others who, like me, are passionate about this world and how we can make it better!”

      Nice to meet you! Thank you for your opinion.

      Melina.

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