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Melina Griffiths Lettersten

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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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    Jun 1 2013: Hi Melina!

    It definitely is interesting that TED talks have become so powerful in communicating ideas. I stumbled upon TED talks a few years ago and had my mind blown when some of them truly spoke to who I was underneath. It's fascinating to sit, and listen to someone who is an expert in their field, explain something they truly believe to be worthy in a manner that makes sense to not just me but millions. There's something about watching someone speak than just simply reading their ideas that allows TED to keep breaking new grounds.

    I believe those that share their ideas on TED feel that they have stumbled upon something that may change at least one life for the good. They aren't just stating facts they have discovered but want to communicate what they found in eloquent ways to inspire, change and help those that are interested. As a game designer, when I am feeling uninspired, I listen to a TED talk to feel more empowered, and to get back the feeling of creativity that what I'm doing with my life is something I truly love. Over time this novelty of loving something can wane, but TED talks give back that novelty in inspiring ways - some of which I may learn from to better myself moving forward.

    I tried not to ramble too long, but I'm super passionate about TED talks and how they are capable to inspiring millions. My favorite? Simon Sinek's "How great leaders inspire action". I'm not a leader in my studio, but I aim to be one as a grow in this industry. This talk spoke to me in so many ways, that once I'm at that point in my career I hope to communicate the "why" rather than the "what" when designing.

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