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How can we as the TED Community/post contributors better utilise previous closed conversations & their ideas worth spreading?

On a recent (Do jails rehabilitate?) I posted, it came to light that many other conversations had much the same theme. Furthermore it then became apparent to me that there would be a lot of duplication/overlap and that what we effectively have is, a conversational recycling centre/center....without the benefits one usually associates for society from recycling.

If the vision of TED is for "Ideas worth spreading", then how can this translate into those stashed/stored/closed conversations being incorporated so that an idea is consistently refined via the new live posts.

If society is to grow, then the TED environment may well provide a very effective conduit for societal change, by way of idea development, then public/government integration/introduction to the refined idea.

In Democratic Countries, people can sign petitions supporting ideas (worth spreading) and goverment representatives can run their election campaigns on the back of committing to deliver them if they are not yet an elected public representative, or if already a representative because they agree with the idea too.

With the support of YOU as a part of the TED Community and your advice on how the above may be best achieved, my aspiration is that TED will then adopt the strategies and we will have even BETTER Ideas that will be really worth spreading into society at large in a very influential and positive way for the future of our planet.

Of course, if there are already exactly the same posts stashed/closed can you provide me the link? : D

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      Jul 30 2013: Thanks Alexander, I think you have provided some genuine nuggets of considered information and observation of how things could be improved. So building upon what we have here so far,

      * TED sets up a facility whereby all contributors (video & conversation) can tick boxes for subject links.
      * The facility could also enable key word linkages, search term scope & topic summary.... (point note on bias as pointed out by Fritzie, however)
      * TEDwiki feature of peer summary reviews and subsequent refining and finessing of the related subject material. (Which would negate the above mentioned biases).
      * New Badge for TEDwiki contributor (similar style/concept to TED Translator one)

      By having the TEDwiki feature, all the popular topic headings for example could be also linked to a work in progress format with a TEDwiki for each. These may have offshoots into other areas depending upon the diversity of the topic. The point here though is that, there could be with the above initiated, a up to date analysis of topics that are continuously being refined and improved upon, rather than left to obscurity and to waste.

      I have heard that one of the reasons some ancient cultures were able to develop such fabulous architecture was that the teacher always told his student everything he knew and in turn the student would add his bit and pass this on down the line. While in other parts of the world the teacher would hold back and keep some information to himself and the student in turn would do the same to his student and so on and so on.

      So in the spirit of developing ideas to the best that they could be and consequently... become IDEAS WORTH SPREADING, then I think the above are steps in that direction.

      Am very interested in your thoughts and further contributions everyone here and those that have popped in! : D

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