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Morton Bast

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What's your million-dollar idea to change the world?

Every year, the TED Prize is given to one innovative thinker who has what it takes to make a difference -- by putting one million dollars into action in order to fulfill a world-changing vision.

Since nominations are open for the 2014 TED Prize, we wanted to put our heads together with you, the TED community, and brainstorm even further: How would you choose to make an impact with one million dollars? What would you like to see as next year's TED Prize wish to inspire the world?

This is a space for you to get your mental gears turning. If you would like to officially nominate a mentor, colleague, friend -- or even yourself -- head to www.tedprize.org by Sunday, June 16.


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    May 27 2013: I would like to see a world where every person has an easier access to information.

    And by information I don't mean textbooks or an education. What I mean is a structure to understand how our decisions in our daily lives affect everything and everyone.

    For instance, today, the way we choose employment is largely based on herd mentality. Someone posts a job vacancy, puts up a bunch of "skills" necessary for the job. A few hundred respond with padded resumes keyword rich to ensure HR finds them suitable.

    We then sit at a table, have a round and Q&A and bam, you either get a job, or your off looking for the next interview.

    I find this system terribly outdated and broken. We need a better way to measure ourselves and what a job requires. A more comprehensive match between employer and employee and one that scales up so we can spot work that fits us like a glove without getting lost in the maze.

    Imagine a version of LinkedIn that better understands you and helps you meet someone you need instead of you having to search for people with a like mind.

    Something like a search engine to find people that works like "I'm looking for someone who can take charge of creating a new product which does XYZ" and 10 results pop up where the people seem to be just the right guys for the job.
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      May 27 2013: Missing out on jobs lately perchance???? :) :) :)
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        May 28 2013: Blade Runner,

        I saw you come up in some other posts until I read your lengthy reply to someone about how your short questions aren't meant to be antagonistic, but to cut to the chase and talk about what's at the heart of the subject.

        So I'll give you my short answer to your question.

        No, I am not looking for a job, but my current role has me working on a product that is aiming to achieve what I explained in my post.

        We are using data collected by HR at organizations to unravel what exactly does it take for a person to fit into a job, and step by step we want to map this off to a much larger base of people.

        I used Google as an example because their product does a similar thing with websites as its target, we want our product to be an engine to connect people intelligently.

        We are far from perfection, but early stage results have proven to be better than using only human judgment.

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