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Vlad Emil Petrea

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TED should one day, in some way, be involved in politics.

It has been said time and time again that politicians are the worst kind of people we could choose to run our countries, partially because they have a direct interest in becoming politicians.
The people speaking at TED however are mainly pioneers and/or leaders in their respective field. They are uninterested in being voted for, yet have so many valuable things to say from a philosophical and economical point of view. Therefore my question to you is...
How could the people speaking at TED have a more direct influence on a country's government in the future? What if ideas presented at TED could be voted upon, and then integrated in a legal framework (wherever applicable)?


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    Jun 29 2013: I would just like to put everyone at ease by emphasizing that I'm not suggesting that TED, or any of the speakers, should be politically active or have any political interests. All I'm suggesting is that we, the people who benefit from TED, should be able to apply (perhaps through vote or some other, more enlightened system - hence the someday, somehow) the great ideas that TED helps disseminate.
    In other words, when Ken Robinson speaks about education reform, we listen, then vote on a concrete solution (e.g. the arts should have as much weight in the curriculum as the sciences) and the government should enact the vote's outcome. A form of direct, yet democratic rule by the people based on ideas and solutions coming from specialists who have no political interest. That's what the government should do, just manage and apply the will of the people, not decide for them (which is kind of what's happening now I think).
    Please excuse my potentially naive way of looking at the political system. I do not have a lot of political experience, but I do notice that something is amiss and would need to change.

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