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Rebecca Lynn

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What is my obligation to society and the world?

I am a person that was born in good health, to a great family, a relatively high IQ, and with financial means and connections. I have struggled my entire life with feeling that have not done my part to contribute to the solving the problems of the world. Is there a TED scholar in this community that can help me come up with a realistic goal that would allow me to feel satisfied with my contribution to the world? I would love it if someone could come up with a talk relating to this subject.

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  • Sep 13 2013: The world is a complex place and good intent often has unforeseen consequences.

    I recommend keeping it local and small. I am a computer programmer (C#) and I give my time to teach people to program who are in wheel chairs due to accidents. These people has lost there income and need a new career. About 25% of them go onto college and end up programming – I consider this a success.

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