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Who really sees all of the brilliant ideas shared here?

When someone explains how a company can benefit from being sustainable (and by benefit I don't just mean tax reductions, I mean economically set apart from competitors) does anyone from current large companies actually see the explanation? When someone proposes a new way to go about our entire school systems do any policy makers actually see the proposal?
I understand that some of us may fall in the range of "just started own business" or "manager of a large firm" or "teacher/principal" but I'd ask is your large company worldwide; would most people recognize its name? and as teachers or principals do you make the policies to influence an entire state or nation?

I fully believe that the world can change with enough people with enough passion but I am simply curious of how many people with direct control are actually influenced by the brilliant ideas brought forth at TED.

So please try and limit the discussion of how many everyday people are impacted from TED and how those people will soon be our future or how those people have the power; I fully agree.

Ultimately I understand TED has had former Presidents, Presidential candidates, people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates all as speakers; but the question is how many of their peers were in the crowd listening??

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  • Oct 9 2013: Your question provoked a conversation I overheard between my youngest son who is nine and his mother on the phone. We had been watching all the robot Talks one Saturday and I hadn't thought he was interested in any of the talks as he played Lego. I thought he was listening but couldn't tell.

    To my amazement on his call he exclaimed with certain detail all the Talks he had watched and highlighted how they made him feel. "Excited" I felt, I had accomplished my goal, which was to expose him to what will be his future.

    Education is over analyzed and most Talks want to be result oriented. We are all guilty of tinkering with education and its outlooks like we adjust a race car. But we aren't training drivers. So there it sits, waiting. We have infrastructure, commitment, buy in, resources, problem solving skills ets like a vehicle, shiny and new with all the latest but no drivers.

    Business leaders have imprinted education at all levels and lent their considerable expertise to where the system could be improved but none have suggested what education should be teaching. Business. K-12.

    We complain about the underclass not improving, poverty, reproduction, violence. These could be solved if we taught business in elementary school. Business solves problems and uses a community approach to resolving those problems. Get persons to think for themselves. Build confidence in youngsters. Teach them how to seek out new processes and develop these processes from the platform they learned not in college but in grade school.

    Bloomberg BusinessWeek has an excellent article on the value of SAT scores and interviews a university president who beat the odds without a high SAT outcome. This person was motivated and continues to motivate those in his sphere of influence by his real life experience. TED talks as with my son has become a real life experience and he may someday be the individual you are describing.

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