Rasmus Myrsoe

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Wouldn't be great to see follow-up stories?

There are so many inspiring TED Talks and often I find myself thinking "THAT one, that's an idea that must surely change the world". But I don't know that it actually does.

In a way of segwaying TED away from only being a platform for ideas, I propose that such a thing as TED Follow-ups become a thing and perhaps thereby make TED something of a (continous) movement?

Getting the idea is half the work, implementing it is the other half.

Would that be a good idea?

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    Dec 26 2013: Hej Rasmus,

    Followups would be a good idea and they are made from time to time (it's been suggested numerous times and maybe we'll get it with TED's new website). They are mostly made on TEDx stages since many organizers wish to get former TED speaker to their stage.

    So if you wish to see TED Talks by speakers that are made later than the TED talks posted here on TED.com I recommend going to TEDx's Youtube channel and searching for the speaker name. https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDxTalks

    If you wish to get more information than what's presented on stage I firstly recommend going to the speaker page and following the links presented there. And if you do this you will also get sufficient information to use Google to get more desired results about any topic.

    Now I realize that I may have been speaking Greek, if you have any questions about what I said please don't hesitate to ask.

    Also, is there a specific Talk that I can help you track the progress of I'd be glad to help with that since I've been doing this a lot myself and have some experience of this.
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      Dec 29 2013: Ah, a new website. That might be the solution. Thanks for letting me know.

      I think that it's great that you track TED talks. I've tried to do it myself, but often find myself mired in too many informations about a topic, upon which i can't sift through the information, as I sometimes don't know what's relevant now.

      By the way, I see your a TED translator, so I'll use the opportunity to say thank you for contributing and helping out those of us who needs translations from time to time.
  • Dec 24 2013: Ted already has a form of what you are talking about, it's called "invite them back again". Several speakers have been invited back to talk about how their projects are going. Probably the reason it does not stand out is all the projects talked about do not have a successful ending, I would imagine only a small percentage do. That being said speakers at TED are given a much better chance at success because of TED's bringing some of the best resources in the world together in one place at one time.
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      Dec 29 2013: The strengt of TED is how accessible it is, you can change which ever parameter you want to when searching for talks, you are presented with related talks after viewing a single one ect. Within that design filosofi, the "invite them back" platform maybe just have to be more in focus? Be integrated as well as TED's other core functions?

      I haven't, as far as I can remember, stumbled upon a "back again"-talk.
      • Dec 29 2013: The last speaker Diana Nyad is an example, her first talk on TED was filmed in 2011 and after completing her record swim from Cuba to Florida she was asked back again last week. There are many examples but the easiest way to find them is to go to TED talks and do a search on their name and you will find all the talks and references to them in TED. Also on the right column of there talk there are other similar talks. I hope this helps, learning how to search is an art in it's self.
        If I like a speaker, I usually search and listen to any other talks they have given. Their are thousands of talks out there and I have listened to most of them. TED is an excellent source of information and a lot of it is good. Probably better than a college degree.
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        Dec 29 2013: I actually find the TED search engine to be quite bad, I usually use Google and just put TED in front.

        Also did you know that you can view Talks sorted by topic? http://www.ted.com/topics
  • Dec 24 2013: Your quite right, an idea is just a dream unless it is executed.

    However, in the sharing of ideas, they may take a long time to implement, perhaps even a life's work. The relationship between idea synthesis forums such as TED, and the TED audience might be analogous to relationship between teachers and students. In both relationships, the ideas and knowledge are seeds of thought. If they grow, and how they grow, depends on nurturing, environment and opportunity.

    A chronicle of how they are executed would be very interesting, However if you could do the thought equivalent of a DNA investigation on future successes to see the origin of the ideas it would be fascinating!
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      Dec 29 2013: Very interesting.

      I see what you mean, and I think the Follow-ups would work axeactly as a way of being nurturing component.
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    Dec 22 2013: Hi Greg.

    That is true, you could follow most TED speakers yourself afterwards. But the great strenght of TED is the ability to inspirere and create commuity revolving around (possible) change and human ingenuity.

    But the catalyst for e.g. inspiration, is someone or something other than yourself, being the inspiration. The central tenet of the idea is therefore, that we need to see people or concepts in action, in order to feel that new ideas really DO mean change and create motivation.

    Making it visible is the key as TED is visual.

    In regards to your question I have no single one TED talk, I feel almost all of them can be appreciated on their own. That's what so great about TED.

    Thank you for the reply
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      Dec 23 2013: Thanks, Rasmus. Well how are you envisioning TED followups would work? The person who gave the talk would make themselves available to be contacted by people who want to get involved in their project? Or the project would be presented, and then people who wanted to help the project, or the cause, towards fruition could network with each other right there on the TED followups page? Or maybe you're envisioning both, or something else? If you wish to reply, click the red-colored "reply" button to the upper right corner of my reply, that way I'll get an email that you replied.
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        Dec 29 2013: Well that's the question.

        My initial thought was that it was to be small video-exposes of the idea implemented in the "real world" together maybe with interviews of people it has affected or inspired to make a change in their community.

        Of the top my head, it would be short exposes, merely detailing events that has transpired since it's TED Talk. The TED Talk being ground zero for a chronological expose of maybe 5, 7, or 10 minutes.

        I like your idea of people making themselves available to lend a hand with a given project, later on that might be another TED segment called "TED Helpers" or something like that.

        Initially I "just" want to, as a TED follower, to see video exposé-followups
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          Dec 29 2013: Well, such films would be expensive to make, if you're going to travel around filming, possibly TED doesn't have that much money? And then TED might not make very much from these followup films, at least with the TED talks the people who attend pay some thousands of dollars for a ticket to attend, but if the little film is up on the website to watch for free, TED won't directly make money from it. How would you deal with the financial side of your idea?

          You do realize that if you get interested in a TED speaker or the speaker's idea, it's pretty easy to research it more yourself, find out what's being done with it, and so on?
  • Jan 1 2014: I would argue that getting the idea is 10% of the work, implementation is the 90% of very hard work. So getting the 90% of the story would be very helpful, including the problems and failures (and why it failed)
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      Jan 3 2014: That's a good way of putting it.
      I would like to see the equally exciting 90 % of the story, which would also serve as perhaps a cautionary tale in regards to future implementations of projects
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    Dec 31 2013: That's an excellent idea! I often have to turn to wikipedia or the latest news online to see how certain TED Talk ideas have turned into action, or how certain ideas already in action have progressed since the talk. Below is an idea (step-by-step approach) of how this can be implemented. I apologize in advance if this idea has already been explored!

    1) Upon selecting a speaker for a TED Talk, each speaker must agree to fulfilling a post-requisite requirement that they must maintain their TED Profile on a regular basis regarding the progress of their idea.
    2) A section called 'How's your Idea Worth Sharing Now?' should be added to their profile only after they've spoken.
    3) The TED Speaker must maintain that section regularly (ie: annually, semi-annually, etc.) with three key points: a) date of the update; b) bullet point or synopsis of the progress, c) any links worth sharing. This should then reflect on the speaker's TED profile like a timeline in that section.
    3) Each TED Talk should have the speaker's TED Profile (public) included in the talk's description on the TED sites and on YouTube.

    The other idea is having a separate TED conference called 'Follow-Ups' as you suggested or 'Where are they now?' like in Vh1, and of course those talks and videos should be linked and/or connected back to the original talks somehow so the progress is more understandable to the wider audience.

    Great that you brought up this idea / topic of discussion!
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      Jan 3 2014: That some great ideas Radha :-)

      But would such stipulations perhaps "scare off" some potential TED speakers, as they don't have the ressources and time to fulfill them?
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    Dec 29 2013: Yes it would be great to have a TED update. I've watched so many fantastic TED talks that date back 2-4 years. Many of those talks were about technology and speakers have demonstrated all sorts of devices. It would be nice to know what happened
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      Dec 29 2013: Excatly, especially when it comes to technology:
      Among the highest rated and most inspirational talks, is the one of SixthSense and Photosynth - what happened to those?
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    Dec 27 2013: Yes, that's a good idea. It It's an idea that would complete the 'comfortable' use of TED, as it somehow.
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      Dec 29 2013: "Comfortable use" - perfect description. I coulnd't narrow it down, but you did it :-)
  • Dec 24 2013: great idea!
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    Dec 22 2013: I don't know, Rasmus. I'm pretty sure you could follow most TED speakers online to see what they do after they give a TED talk. Or follow whatever topic it is that they present. It is somewhat true that TED speakers present ideas rather than practical projects so that you can't concretely follow the progress of a project?

    One sort of followup to the talks is the chance to participate in conversations underneath the talks, do you ever do that?

    Also these TED conversations sometimes develop the ideas in a TED talk.

    What's your favorite TED talk?