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David Rader II

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Trying to find a video about labeling products to show complete production history?

Does anyone know the video or the idea about labeling products with some type of code that would allow people to scan it and make their purchase based on the good history of the product production? E.g. you can see the company safety practices for employees when making the decision to buy. Watching a video about benzene problems.

The video I think I saw here showed people who dyed clothing and how the processes could be really bad for the workers- yet some companies make sure workers are safe, however consumers have no usual way of accessing that information when deciding between the two products. We should have labeling like this!

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    Apr 8 2014: I can't say I know it. What if noone here knows it, are you still going to try to find it?
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      Apr 9 2014: Yes, I'm going through my Youtube history now... pretty sure it was a TED talk, but I don't know if I watched it on my main Youtube account, my second Youtube account, Netflix, Facebook, or TED. Maybe somewhere else? When I find it I'll post it back here!
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        Apr 9 2014: well, if you still can't find it, David, I was telling Zanthar about something you might try. I have noticed that sometimes I will be, for example, in the kitchen, by the kitchen table, and I will think of something I want to tell my roommate when he returns. Then I'll walk into the living room, and I'll realize I've forgotten what it is I wanted to tell him. I have found that it can be quite useful to return to the place where I thought of the thing I wanted to tell him, in other words, go back and stand where I was by the kitchen table when I thought of the thing. It's surprising how often it will bring it back to mind. For you, it might work to try to recreate the conditions you were in when you originally watched it, as best you can remember. Sit where you were sitting then. Dress how you dressed then. And so on. I can't say for sure it will work, but it might.

        Oh, you can always contact TED at contact@ted.com. If they don't get back to you after a while, telephone them.

        Why do you want the talk back?
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          Apr 10 2014: I haven't given up looking. I remember the picture used to market the video was of colored (dyed) hands. I think the video may have been about tanning leather too.

          The reason I want to find it is because I'd like to figure out the person name who wants the "history label" or whatever it is called. Once I find out that, I'll be able to promote it more. No one has time to look up the history of every item they buy, but if there's a simple tag to scan, we can make sure our fellow humans around the world aren't being treated badly with our payments. We'll be able to find things more easily like the "fair phone" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96XfmrJMlNU

          We'll be able to buy products from companies who don't use Benzene killing young workers when there are alternatives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns-kJ5Podjw

          People around the world need to know that people all around the world care for them.

          I would try what you suggest and I've used a similar method and can attest it works! This took place weeks or months ago and I can't remember the circumstances, only it was a video online... but I am remembering more here and there, like the colorfully dyed hands promoting the picture. I will try emailing TED now.

          Thank you!!
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        Apr 10 2014: kind of wonder if that was a TED talk, as usually the thumbnail photo is of the speaker himself or herself giving the talk in front of the TED audience.

        Have you tried researching it without emphasizing the video, in other words go on the web and start describing what you mean in the search bar and see what comes up? In other words, the same person who is in the video might have their own website and the search bar might lead you to that. Or someone may have talked about that person on another website, and the search bar might lead you to that. It also seems possible to me that more than one person has advocated the tag idea, so you might find extra information on it.

        The fairness tag seems a little problematic to me because different governments and cultures around the world have different values than ours? In other words, what we might consider poor working conditions here in the U.S. might not be looked at the same in other countries? How important is this to you, David, maybe you should visit other countries and see if you can see what the working conditions are like and how they integrate with the culture. But it would be hard to get permission to go into the factories I would imagine.