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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 30 2013: With one million as seed money I would gather a core of committed semi volunteer staff and set up a revolutionary model school fully compatible with the principles shared by Sir Ken Robinson and incorporating as much as possible of the latest discoveries in how beings can optimize their capacity for learning. Using a holistic approach to improve all the aspects and conditions that often tend to limit an individuals development i.e. psychological, nutritional, social and much more. I would do intake and final testing and document the results to prove the existence of a better mousetrap. I am convinced that it is possible to take an average or even somewhat damaged child and give them a complete and better education by age 18 for less money than we now invest. Not just a little better but so much so that they would be fully ready to enter society as a contributing adults or go on to graduate school. The school would be extensively experiential creating value (wealth) on site and partnering with local small businesses for the older students. The use of mentors and modeling combined with the study of each student to take advantage of their unique learning styles could truly leave no child behind. A key element is that once set up the school would be self sustaining with minimal financial contribution needed from parents, where possible it could be a charter. Ideally with little modification it could be replicated to function in any country in the world. My concept is that each school could foster another about every five years, training teachers and leaders like an educational breeder reactor. I have worked in counseling and education for many years in two different countries and have already proved many of the elements I plan to incorporate. Much of what I envision is being done piecemeal by existing alternative schools but no one I am aware of is even doing a plurality in one place. In the limited space available I cannot give more than this sketchy overview alas.
    • May 30 2013: Wow! This is such a similar idea to mine. Should I win the lottery I will be in touch, so long as it is a substantial amount and not £10.00.

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