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TED talk discussion groups

I've started running a weekly TED talk discussion group in my hometown, an it's something I think other people might be interested in emulating. My formula has been showing 2 talks, usually related to each other in some way, with a total length of under 30 minutes. That way, it's not too much information to hold in your head, and we've had a lot of great conversations about how we can maybe take these 'Ideas Worth Spreading' and have them make a more concrete change in our lives.

I'd like to encourage others to consider hosting something like this in their own towns - I do mine at a coffee shop where I bring in a projector and a screen, but it's possible to do it from a large laptop if the group is smaller. So far, the list of talks I've done is here (feel free to steal them, since it's a non-trivial time commitment to find appropriate, matching talks that are under 30 minutes total):

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    Sep 17 2013: I love the poster. Good concept too. In my country not many know what the heck is TED except those in the main capital. I admire your effort. As a working adult I do not have the luxury of time to host such move in my home town. By the way, it would be more interesting if you could share with others by recording it and post it in youtube.
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    Sep 17 2013: I'd like to tell you the good news is in some WSE (Wall Street English ) Shanghai centers, teachers have already introduced TED to their students to share the new ideas in TED. And some teachers use TED's new ideas in their English corners to make discussions about them.
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    Sep 16 2013: Hey this is great. Thank you for this. I coordinate a number of youth groups (youth clubs and university centres) and this idea is really interesting. I will certainly "steal" your idea if you don't mind. Also like the poster.Very attractive.
    • Sep 17 2013: Let me know how it goes! And so long as it's in the same 'under 30 minutes total' format, let me know if you guys come up with good talk sets!
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        Sep 17 2013: Great. I'll certainly keep you up-to-date. We've done a number of activities particularly for university students like "The Economist" evening (reading an article from "The Economist" and commenting) or book clubs, cine-forums, etc. But I like this. I'll see how I get on and will tell you. Thanks
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    Sep 27 2013: Perfect. I can do this while our survivalist group is stocking the bunker. Each night we could discuss the relevance of the TED talk in comparison to the apocalyptic events covered in mainstream media.

    They probably won't find it as compelling as total annihilation, but it might give them pause.

    [Yes. This was a fictional comment for your consideration and amusement]
  • Sep 27 2013: Now that is an idea worth spreading! I Like it :)) opps sorry I have a double chin.
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    Sep 27 2013: great!
    We host something similar, under a TEDx Salon license... maybe you can call it a TEDx event too (though it comes with some extra rules you might wish to omit)
  • Sep 19 2013: I thank you for focusing on your own commuinty with TED Talk Discussion. I have somewhat different perspective of what you are doing that may be worth considering for future to strengthen participation not only discussions but go toward project develpment via virtual teaming of complimentary interests among small groups.

    Funding mechanism for projects are available now. For example, I am focusing on SBIR , a U.S. govie program recently extended by U.S. Congress for technology develpment topics such as educational video games in my case.

    And using crowdfunding for community service topics such as my new community tv show , Cafe Twin Show, a bridge to arts and science. Search internet for for clarity and conversation. Thanks.
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    Sep 16 2013: You could also see them on a television screen at home, couldn't you, and invite friends? I bet lots of people do this.
  • Sep 16 2013: Interesting idea, TED talks vs books vs movies in a group conversation.