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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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  • Jun 1 2013: I was just watching a documentary on the Zo'é tribe from the Amazon and their children just follow the adults and learn solely from experience. The TED Talk by Benedict Allen, the explorer states that he was so incompetent he was sent to learn jungle hunting skills by a ten year old boy. Discovering he was too incompetent even for that level he went down to a five year old and was finally passed to a girl, who at ten years knew which plants were anti septic, good for fevers, food etc. They learn exactly what they need to know to succeed in their environment. We need to let our children learn from that way too, I cannot gel with anything mechanical yet my friend, whose father owned a repair garage could rebuild a car at fourteen. That too was my role, I was forced into wood work, metal work and technical drawing classes. My wife recently taught me how to use her sewing machine, for therapy after an accident, and it was an epiphany. Yet my sex prevented me from learning those skills at school and now they don't teach them at all. It is 90% academic, 5% Phys Ed and 5% art, that to me was torture. So at fifty two years of age I have found a craft I can do and enjoy and when a little more proficient at, make money with too. My only other practical skill is with people, I teach swimming, boxing, fitness, ju jitsu and gym training. I was thirty five when I did a professionally administered psychometric test that told me to aim at working with and helping people. I have never looked back. However, my basic personality was there when I was fifteen, why did they not test me and direct me then? I was an underachiever because of boredom and and so directed to work in a factory. I want to stop other people suffering that fate. Not by striving to earn more than their contemporaries, but by being more happy and content than them. I wish you every success and I will contact you if I ever get to pass that way.
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      Jun 2 2013: Ponder..................

      Suggest maybe living in a constant survival state/mode as opposed to a part nanny state populated with a bucket load of bleeding hearts and know all do gooders would give one a different slant on things.

      Just a thought...............Cheers
      • Jun 2 2013: I am not suggesting we live in a survival state, it is the method that the children learn fairly comprehensive and complex information regarding hunting and plants at an early age with no written language, no notes, nothing to refer back too and no tests to see how they are doing each year. If we let children discover their desires and strengths then they will learn how to improve and master them. Teaching me mechanics would be difficult as I have no interest in the subject, but I can teach how to live a healthy lifestyle and motivate others to do the same. Each to their own and the learning is easy.

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