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Are there any other organizations like TED in the world? Have any of you get involve with them?

I want to recognize the existent of other TED-like organizations. Does anybody have such knowledge? Have you involve with them? How do they organize their organizations? Who is their leader, how is he/she worthy of such position? What's kind of problem they are dealing with and in what scale? What are their accomplishment and their long-term plans?

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    Aug 2 2013: Simon, there are no other organization line TED. If there were, TED would not have been this successful.
    There are other organizations, though, where anyone like you or me can have a fee account and ask a question. You can try Project Reason. But you have to be really astute mentally because PR members are not as gentle as TED members. I am there but not actively anymore. I survived with effort.
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      Aug 2 2013: My I ask how old are you? and what is your career? and please tell more about your experience with TED and PR. Why did you involve with them in the first place? I love to know more about them! please tell, I beg of you.
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        Aug 2 2013: I am 52 years old and I am a professional technocrat ( I don't know how these information are related to your other questions, but I prefer to answer).
        My experience with TED has two distinct phases. In the first of it, I became a member and accumulated about 10 Tedcreds in a couple of months and then got into serious issues with TED Admins. I decided to leave TED and requested all my contribution removed. The request was kept.
        I joined PR and enjoyed its discussions but knew immediately its way more challenging as people will not accept anything without a serious challenge and one has to meet it. My contributions are still there and you can access it typing my name.
        I came back to TED tentatively when I saw that they have modified their terms of use, which was one point of my objections before leaving it. I do not have a TED account yet and use facebook login to sign in. I think my second stint is now 6 months old. I have revised my approach and it seems to work in TED now (keeping fingers crossed).
        Hope this helps.
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        Aug 2 2013: A technocrat is one who decides technology related policies. I never worked for TED so no question of being paid by it.
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        Aug 2 2013: I decline to answer as I see no connection of this conversation with your original question. You can check my profile and go to my personal blog to know more about me and my work. Thanks.
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          Aug 2 2013: fair enough.
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          Aug 2 2013: May I just ask in your opinion , what is the majority of TED member made of?
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          Aug 2 2013: my question are all relate to my original answer for my main intention is get to know more about organization like TED. Getting to know it's member I think is a very reasonable thing to do. As for now, I still don't know what is the back bone leader of TED make up, and how they are maintain themselves.
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        Aug 2 2013: Flesh and blood, hopefully. But I can only testify for myself.
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          Aug 2 2013: What I mean is what kind of people would get involve, of what class of society
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        Aug 2 2013: I don't know and care less. I just hope they are not too elitist. I have few good friends here as well, friends I have never met. Goodnight, its late here.
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    Aug 1 2013: What to you makes an organization TED-like, Simon? Is an organization TED-like if it has videos of experts discussing their ideas? In that case you might consider Big Think or Edge TED-like.

    Or are you looking for organizations that have conferences with large numbers of invited speakers sharing their latest research and ideas? There are many conferences that bring together people in a single field or in different fields. For example The American Physical Society brings together scientists in physical science disciplines who give talks for an audience of whoever chooses to attend. The Society for American Archaeology brings together people in that discipline. These academic and professional associations all have the challenge of deciding who will be on the program and how to group talks thematically.

    There are also industry conferences at which everyone in certain tech categories, for example, come together to talk about new products they are launching. There are art biennials in which people show new art concepts.

    There are so many organizations that bring cutting edge people together to share ideas, depending on what you are looking for precisely.
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      Aug 2 2013: Let’s take The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Nobel Prize Foundation as an example. Imagine we are fighting a war, the Bill Foundation is like our enormous amount of money that cannot buy our sword effectively because our blacksmith know we need his sword, so he is going to raise the price. The Nobel Prize is like a magic pearl that one in a while spit out a piece of armor. Now we feel tricked and still don’t have any human being to use the armor and the sword. After all, we still have to fight the war. If only there was someone who was wise enough to trick the blacksmith into selling the sword at a fair prize. And maybe someone else can trick the local “lazy tough neck” into using the sword and the armor to fight a war that they couldn’t die, to receive the honor they don’t know they needed until they have it! Oh, we gladly take the blame for tricking the blacksmith and the youth as long as we win the war! Moral call? What if we tricked them and then told them how and why we tricked them into doing so, and they accepted, then it’s not cheat, isn’t it?
      That was about the war of poverty of course, my point is I am trying to find that two people who can trick the blacksmith and the young people.
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        Aug 2 2013: I believe you have changed your question. Or perhaps when you said TED-like organization you meant something very different from what I thought.

        Now it appears you are looking for organizations with the will and resources to address issues related to poverty.

        You know about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

        You may know about one.org (see Bono's TED talk).

        Another on the research rather than the scaling up end is J-PAL at MIT (see, perhaps, Esther Duflo's talk).

        There are others. I don't think you need to trick people.
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          Aug 2 2013: Please read my word carefully, I will be deeply grateful. Any how, the organization I looking for may not be well-known, I think that's a good thing, also annoying problem however. I was trying to talk people into helping me finding those organization; furthermore evaluate the well-known one. One example or the most important one is how to deal with a local government, they are perhaps the most powerful resource of all. I have trouble and knowledge with dealing with them, not to mention some are not very friendly with our government. Strictly speaking, what the hell are we going to do with North Korea. Playing the wrong card may has bad affect on our diplomacy that is only if they let us play any card at all.
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          Aug 2 2013: The "tricking" thing was an abstraction.
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          Aug 2 2013: Well, there truly are something I can learn here . Thanks you.
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          Aug 2 2013: I was taking poverty as an example, yes. But there are other similar problem such as environment issues, and there are problem that is not a problem such as embrace culture or practicing art but we have to be care for anyhow.
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          Aug 2 2013: I should have put this in the discussion category. I'm sorry. But how are we doing on the poverty thing.
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      Aug 2 2013: Why? It’s because most people are very linear minded, like they know they are going to grow old, but somehow they don’t believe it, I mean they do believe it, but they don’t if you know what I mean, and they will deny it until they taste the bitter nut. The idea is I am sure we know petty damn well how to end poverty, we just don’t do it or talk a long time to do it, I know there must be someone who can speed up the process. The problem is to find them. After that some body that dare to take the blame and we are good to go. Sound a lot like a typical “if you do this then you will get rich” story pulled out from a bull-crap best seller business book isn’t it. Well, now you got it, now it’s just about daring to be a fool, willingly falling into the trap. OK! Now at this point I must ask for your credit card and SOCSO number. You just have to sign there, there, and there! Hahahahahaha…Just kidding, but seriously, we need that money to end poverty, so seriously, about that credit card? Hahahaahaha…Just kidding, no I am not, yes I am, no, no no….hahahahaha… we’ll discuss that later. Hahahaha…
      Then again, what I am looking for could be as large as a big private company or as small as a group of student that making a blog together after school, or could be anything, I mean there must be something.
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        Aug 2 2013: If I understand correctly, you are asking for organizations that address poverty I offered some ideas, but you can find others on the internet. You want to see evaluations of them.

        The Poverty Action Lab evaluates programs to find strategies that work. They are not trying to evaluate the organizations themselves.

        I am sure the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation evaluates everything they do.

        IDEO is another organization that uses design to address issues for people in poverty. They have a site called Human Centered Design that shows their approach and the experience of those who use it.

        You can benefit from doing an internet search about strategies to relieve poverty.

        I don't understand your question about local government, but governments in different countries work quite differently, some having lots of opportunities for citizens initiatives and comments and some almost none.

        You may find better ideas locally for working with your local governments than you will find on an international forum in which most people know little about how your local decision-making works, who decisionmakers are willing t work with or listen to, and so forth.
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          Aug 2 2013: YES!!!! This is what I want to know.
          I'm sure the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation evaluates themselves, the point is our progressing evaluates as an out-sider could be useful. After all, we are planing to end poverty aren't we? or the foundation were create as a feel good place where weather people can give away their money, I hope not. For example, if we want to give free food for a family, there is a option for 10% more expensive dry food quick taste nothing but theoretically has the same quality of nutrition as the other type of food in the market, rather than give them the money to buy what they want. They won't like the food we give them, but that is the point, they will automatically develop economic adjustment to work harder and smarter in order to buy their own food. That's how culture form, they will try to grow out of our help and not being lazy, that decrease the problem of us not being able to support them, or they look at us as a reliable source of income if every is not going as planed.
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          Aug 2 2013: Good intention is simply not good enough isn't it, especially it bring the negative effect. They themselves evaluates their progress alone just couldn't bring in the notion of honor, nationalism. What their foundation has is internationalism which is in some way similar with nationalism but by in large the two doesn't go very well with the other. Isn't it better for the out side to look into their problem?
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          Aug 2 2013: It seem to me that you are listening :)) you sure know a lot . what do you do for a living?
          :))) You and I are gonna be good friend :)) I will look up to you as my guide.
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        Aug 2 2013: Please find in the library Poor Economics by Banarjee and Duflo. Right now i feel like you care about poverty but have not done any research into what works.

        Nutrition is one area they address.

        Their effort is to evaluate options rigorously so that we can get beyond people's guesses as to how people will respond to different policy actions.
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          Aug 2 2013: That is just an abstraction for an idea. I never mean for it to apply in real life. What I mean is we truly care for them, help them help themselves. It's the notion of if you give me one fish, I will eat it in one day, if you teach me how to fish, I will eat for the rest of my life. I was pointing to our help in Africa. We are not doing a good enough job, isn't that proving to be right ?
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      Aug 2 2013: I mean, some body may know some thing, they must know some thing, but how do I know that they know some things that I don't already know, but I don't know how to ask because I don't know what it is. :)))) HAHAHAHAHA
      Ok. Maybe what we are looking for is a leader, a moral one I think. Some organizations is the name is correct I think :)))))))
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      Aug 2 2013: And what you asking me earlier is about how that one person trick the blacksmith, I don't know how they would do it. Does it matter how they do it? If they did it effectively and efficiently, then I couldn't care less about how they would do it, riding a bike or a motorcycle!! I DON'T KNOW, THAT'S WHY I ASKED!!! OR DO I NOT KNOW? :)))) HAHAHAHAHAHA.....
  • Aug 3 2013: Edge is fun to read but it's different from TED
    I enjoy the huffingrton post too, but the people are not as techinical which has good and bad points. What I really find unique about TED is the many interesting lectures.