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Ricardo Williams

Media Director, IDEAS For Us, Inc.

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How are you helping your local community?

I am an ambassador of "I.D.E.A.S. For Us", a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and accredited NGO of the United Nations, advancing sustainability and solving environmental problems through youth-led action at universities, K-12 schools and communities around the World.

Recently we started a new project called "The Hive". Its a think (and do) tank aimed at addressing Global challenges through local solutions to advance sustainability. Our first Hive has started in Orlando, Florida, but this is a community initiative that we plan to spread to many other cities in the hopes of conquering the five pillars of sustainability: ecology, food, waste, water, and energy.

So my questions to the TED community is... Are you an environmentalist? Do you care about sustaining your community (as well as the world)? And if so, what steps have taken to do so? ... Or maybe you have some IDEAS for us?

And.... GO!


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    Jul 3 2013: I have assembled a team of filmmakers who are creating micro-documentary films which highlight the work of local leaders in their community.

    Tomorrow I will be asking TED to approve a portion of Dan Ariely's talk on work: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_ariely_what_makes_us_feel_good_about_our_work.html , to be included in a film to be released on July 4th.

    We are asking TED to use less than a minute of the talk.
    Goto Runtime: 12:02 and play on for 28 seconds

    I'm asking for help from folks to get discussion going asking TED to approve the film.

    You may see the final cut which is being requested for approval at:
    This film is unlisted and not available to the public.

    If you believe the 4th o' July is a good time to talk about motivating local leaders please respond and help share the film.

    thank you
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      Jul 3 2013: Good project William, and I personally think/feel ANYTIME is a good time to talk about, and motivate EVERYONE to be fully engaged in our communities and life!
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        Jul 3 2013: Thank you Colleen,
        We will be posting our film presentation of the concept this evening, approx. runtime 5 minutes. Do you have friends who would help share it through their social media space?

        every little bit counts!
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      Jul 3 2013: If you want to ask TED for permission to excerpt material from their site in a venture of your own, you should contact them directly with your request. http://support.ted.com/customer/portal/emails/new

      I think you should not expect to get a reply to such a request on July 4 (you mention meaning to ask tomorrow), as a business office in the United States may well be closed on July 4!

      Is THS National an apartment construction contractor?
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        Jul 3 2013: Thank you for the advice.

        Yes. We have been working in communities since 2007. This is where I've met some extraordinary people who deserve to have their stories told.
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        Jul 3 2013: Hey Fritzie
        Thank you, here's a copy of the message I sent to ted@groupsjr.com. The subject was "Content Permission - Motivating Leaders" if anyone wants to chime in.

        Hello. We are documentary filmmakers creating films which highlight the work of leaders in communities across the country.

        Our concept is illustrated verbally by a TED talk from Dan Ariely, What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work. He says, simply looking at what someone has done motivates them to do more.

        We believe documenting ordinary people who are making an impact is the way to motivate them to do more in their community and encourage others to get involved as well.

        We would like to request permission to use a snippet of Dan Ariely's talk in the following film. This is the final cut we are requesting to use:

        thank you for your consideration.
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          Jul 3 2013: Glad you have made your contact with TED administrators about using their material. You know, you say above that your film is unlisted and not available to the public, but by linking it here, you have made it available to the world.

          If you do not want to make it available to the public at this time, or until after you get permission to use the TED material you have put in it, you should remove the link.

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