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Elizabeth Rivas

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Do you believe TED is elitist and exclusive?

My main reason for asking this question is to find out how you,the members feel about TED as a non-profit organization. I've recently been looking into TED because of a research paper for school and I've been aiming to argue against the idea that TED is elitist and that they are exclusive. However I would really like to hear from other people whether you believe TED is in some ways elitist and/or exclusive.

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      Jun 3 2013: I would define elitist as an idea of superiority. If you consider yourself to be elite you put yourself and your opinions above others. As for exclusive, I would define it as being a result of being elitist. If you consider yourself abover others you exclude them automatically from saying what they think or feel to be true.

      I don't see TED as either, but for a short time I think I was letting what critics wrote in articles to overpower the truth behind TED. TED is still a place for sharing ideas and using those ideas to make something happen.

      I agree with you, speakers are elite in their fields but this isn't a bad thing. We want the most knowledgable people to share their ideas because they know what they're talking about. If we want to make a difference we need the most provocative thinkers to do it. That doesn't mean that the speakers see themselves as superior though. TED doesn't just focus on one person, but on all the people who contribute their ideas.

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