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Rose Smith

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What would be the best TED Talk ever?

I saw a Talk on designing the perfect TED Talk & I want to hear other peoples ideas. As an aspiring TED talk giver, I desire the key to a really great Talk.

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    Oct 23 2013: Hi Rose.....welcome to TED conversations:>)

    Did you see this talk? It is entertaining, amusing, and may give you some ideas about designing the perfect TED talk....enjoy:>)
    • Oct 25 2013: I have always loved "How to Lie with Statistics" and seems to still hold up after almost 60 years.
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        Oct 26 2013: True Wayne,
        It seems like statistics can always be tweaked, and Sebastian Wernicke, in his TED talk, demonstrates this idea in such a delightful way:>)
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    Oct 23 2013: I seem to have an ongoing interest in grass, lately as I walk (I walk a lot), I often bend over and pinch some grass to eat. I find it tastes quite good. I wonder if you could make a perfume or cologne out of grass? I'm finding now that eating grass is causing me to change how I walk, previously I was always walking in the business districts where there isn't much grass, but now, eating grass, I'm heading for the sidestreets and the lawns.
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      Oct 24 2013: Yes, grass can be fermented for its scent and is already available pure or blended:

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      Oct 24 2013: Are you not concerned that the grass could be contaminated being in populated areas also eating short lawn grass has a higher risk of internal parasites (worms) which mainly accumulate near the base of the leaf the shorter the grass the higher the risk
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        Oct 25 2013: not so concerned, Gareth. Grass gets "cleaned" frequently, no, either by the morning dew, or rain, or sprinkling systems.

        What do you mean the leaf of the grass, the grass I see is short and just has blades (I live in the suburbs.) Actually the way I pick the grass is with two hands, grasping it at the base with one hand and tearing with the other. Hence I'm getting it above the base. I do it this way so as to not uproot it.

        I don't know much about the worms you speak of. Are they visible to the naked eye? I certainly check any grass before I tear it.
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    Oct 22 2013: This key you find under the philosopher's stone ... :o)

    From my experience; just be yourself and anything will be fine.
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      Oct 23 2013: excellent response, so what would you talk about, who is your self?
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        Oct 24 2013: I have become a highly concerned observer about what is going on on this planet, and I would talk about the necessity for all of us to become aware of it and - even more important - to finally take action.

        But this is not a new idea and neither me nor TED powerful enough to get things rolling.

        Actually it seems that most of us are in some form of paralysis, out of which a wakeup call doesn't effect anymore. We need an impact-call, yet those come time-wise then when it is usually to late.
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          Oct 25 2013: this is very broad, Lejan ., "concerned about what is going on on this planet," you would have to be more specific to give a talk I think. Any specific issue you are thinking of?
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        Oct 25 2013: Thats why I have no intention to give a TED talk, Greg. And those broad ideas aren't new either.
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          Oct 31 2013: well, Lejan ., when you say you have become concerned about what is going on on this planet, I'm thinking there are multiple issues that are generating your concern? Can you say what those issues are, in other words when you take a feeling and analyze the causes of the feeling, break the cause down into its component parts, you get more power.
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        Oct 31 2013: Yes, there are multiple issues I am concerned about and I already did analyze their causes, yet other than in psychology, these results does not empower me to change them. On the contrary, as it sometimes leaves me just powerless and is reason for my sometime high cultural despair and pessimistic world view. At times, those little things one can do to become the change one want to see makes one feel pretty lonesome and lost. And from there one just keeps going and looks for little things at the side.
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          Oct 31 2013: well, I hate to see you with despair and pessimism. But you know, I don't think anyone can change the world into a perfect Utopia. It seems like one chooses the issues one cares about and feels like one can make a difference, they may be small issues, they may be large issues, does what one can, and trusts that other people are working on that issue as well, plus working on other issues, and doing what they can, with everyone working, people pursuing different causes, the world stays okay, or even gets better. And if everyone does their best, and the world still has problems, you probably have to accept that that's the way it is, you cannot ask people to do more than their best. Also, recognize that even a small effort counts for something, if you make a tiny positive difference on three issues today, and billions of people around the world also make a tiny positive difference on three issues today, it all adds up to a lot of positive action.
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        Oct 31 2013: Thats why I keep going an look for little things at the side. Nevertheless, optimism is to often just a lack of information, and if ignoring information is a valid key to happiness is highly questionable to me. It does work and is often used, yet actually just part of and never cure for the problems it ignores.
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          Nov 2 2013: Well, Lejan ., if you have assessed your abilities, and you're not able to make a change on big issues, then making a change on small ones is a good route. But do you see people in the world who are capable of making a big change, and are trying to, in other words, some of us have big capability, some medium capability, some small capability. Would you see Andrea Merkel as a person who is capable of making a large positive difference in the world, for example? If you say yes, then I guess that means she has more abilities than you, which is okay, right? But perhaps you would like to increase your abilities, then the question becomes how to do that, right? But if you feel unable to increase your abilities, why live with pessimism and despair, serene acceptance seems more logical?

          I guess one might ask what big issues you are concerned about? Possibly you and I could bat ideas around as to how you could make some difference on those big issues.
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        Nov 2 2013: I see many people in this world who are capable of making a big change, in fact billions of them, yet for some interesting reason most of them are not reacting, not to mention acting, as if there was some invisible force which keeps perpetuating a collective lethargy.

        Angela Merkel is part of the problem, not part of any solution, as most of our political representatives in my and almost all western countries have become agents to fulfill only the interest of corporations and markets instead of the interest of the people they represent.

        We have entered post-democratic times already, yet just a view seem to realize that, because those information are willingly withhold, twisted or even suppressed.

        Let me give you an example. Since Edward Snowden we now know, that none of our private communication is private anymore, although the constitution of my country guarantees it and what does my government do to protect it? Nothing! Andy why? Well, because if it did, it would downgrade 'good relations' to important trading partners in this world, which outruns the privacy of 80 million German citizens. Piece by piece we have sold and keep selling our civil rights over profits.

        And did Germany offer asylum to Edward Snowden who not only brought this important information to us but is also politically persecuted? No! Because 'we' don't like to piss off our American 'friends'.

        Even the cell-phone of Angela Merkel was tapped by the NSA, which, as you may imagine, is not just a regular cell-phone you and me was able to buy in a regular shop. And what happens? Nothing! As if this was the most common thing on this planet that sensitive information of a nation is free to anyone who can get it.

        A normal response was, to cancel all political and economical cooperation with any nation who can not be trusted, until those nations earn their trustworthiness anew.

        But not in this world anymore, in which we sacrifice our freedom for the sake of power and big money of a view.
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          Nov 2 2013: well, first of all, Lejan ., would you agree that most people in the world have some basic quality of life, in the sense that they have food in their stomachs, clothes on their back, a roof over their head? Of course, there are some extremely poor people who perhaps are starving to death, but most people have enough to eat. They may not be the highest quality food, clothing, and shelter, but they are acceptable. Now, if you think about most people's activity, isn't most of it about maintaining their current quality of life (where they at least meet their basic needs) rather than improving anything, and isn't this the way it has to be? For example, when a farmer gets up in the morning, he is thinking first how he can produce as much food as he did the day before, not how he can produce more, correct? Most days my first thought is how I can make as much money as I did the day before, so that I can eat as well as I did the day before, have as good of clothes as I did the day before, have as good of shelter as I did the day before. And this is most people's first concern, is it not? And if you are meeting your basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter, shouldn't you already have some contentment and inner peace? For instance, you, Lejan ., have food in your stomach, clothes on your back, a roof over your head. Shouldn't that already give you some happiness and contentment? So why despair and pessimism, are you afraid someone will take it away, are you afraid they will take your food and you will starve, or take your clothes and shelter and you will freeze?

          I don't exactly understand the connection you assert between profit and spying on millions of people. My understanding is that that was done to prevent terrorism.

          I don't know why America has spied on Ms. Merkel. I would like to hear my country's explanation. Do you know how America has explained it?
  • Oct 25 2013: the best talk for me was Ken Robinson: How Schools Kill Creativity


    My advice about your talk
    1. have fun
    2. obviously, subject is something you know and are passionate about
    3. include humor
    4. have fun
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    Nov 3 2013: http://www.ted.com/talks/clifford_stoll_on_everything.html

    More talks I like: http://www.ted.com/profiles/5408/talks

    If you want to give a great talk: What is your "idea worth spreading"? This implies some genius or action or talent... and preferably somewhat original. You can always work on the way how you want to bring your story, but if the idea is worthless or repetitive or bland...
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    Oct 25 2013: Wayne, Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity is hands down my favorite too :) What a coinkidink.
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      Oct 25 2013: Ken Robinson is a natural!

      I think he could talk about his local phone book and I would still be interested! ;o)
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    Oct 22 2013: Hi Rose Welcome to TED, I guess this is your First Topic that you have posted.

    How about "Lets Gossip just for fun"

    I am not talkative so forgive me.
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      Oct 23 2013: You may not be very talkative Kuldeep, but you make up for that with your writing....which is appreciated:>)
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        Oct 23 2013: Thank you Colleen for your appreciation
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    Oct 21 2013: it can be your talk now ,nice idea thank you :)
  • Oct 21 2013: I think a talk where medical professionals come out and speaks of cancer or a similar major health issue in the past tense.
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    Oct 21 2013: People enjoy a great speaker who puts across a simple and powerful idea through the telling of stories, punctuated by compelling visual aids..

    But having an idea really worth spreading would be vital. It isn't just about the performance.