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Sanjay Sharma

Ex Director, Maastricht University India Institute, Maastricht University

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How about setting up TED University? With campuses all over; with exchange programs on every continent...

The learning center
- would engage TED speakers as well as other brighter ideas to ignite young minds
- so-called specialization/certification can be issue/theme-based...rather than subject or learning stream
- besides offering learning environment in traditional subjects, students can have exposure to real life issue and their possible solutions.

..... any many more things to follow :)

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    May 18 2011: Hi Sanjay,

    Loved your idea... For a while I have being discussing similar ideas with a few friends.. would you be interest in sketch a Pilot run? We could organize a TEDx Event simultaneously in two countries (maybe more, if more people are interested..) and it would gather ideas that could bring a new leaning concept...

    Anyone else interested?
    • May 18 2011: I would be happy Marina. Let me know the design for the pilot you have in mind.
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      May 19 2011: My experience in organizing european summerschools and local change collaboration camps is for it to be more than an 'event', to be a start of something which can grow is before hand sharing how many days somebody wants to put into something for a certain mental or material goal.
    • Jun 22 2011: I have no experience, but I'm very interested in the subject. The TEDx in different countries is a brilliant idea. Count on me for anything u need in Brasil.
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    May 18 2011: I think that the most feasible approach initially would be for it to be all online.I would be willing to help with grading, facilitating online discussions of academic topics, supporting learning in Psychology or Marketing etc. if that is part of your vision. Exchange programs could be organized through willing members as part of or in addition to the ciriculum. Living in another culture sure is consistent with the type of understanding I think TED is promoting. I would really like to promote the idea of intergenerational learning and cooperation as a core belief of TED university.
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      May 19 2011: 50% virtual : This TED conversations is allready a learning centre / learning community to me. Individual input is 90%, collaboration is 10%. OpenIDEO.com does it the way around. Pragmatic path for real solutions. Also a learning community for me, though 10% individual, 90% collaboration. ..Taking the best of both and you have magic I think!

      50% physical : meeting face to face is needed sometimes. though less and less for a lot, as our online skills grow every day. An idea is to mature Garrett Lisi his idea; http://sifter.org/~aglisi/sh.html on the design hostel, see also my other post on "Hello 2020" This can be an affordable way, even sustainistic. Ofcourse there are many buildings in the world which could host us now and then. The physical part can also be an end result, a resource saving innovation by for example hooking up with The Blue Economy. This has the potential for a 'school' not to be tax/subsidy dependent.

      On new learning methods for post-industrial education; all the ingredients are out there, many people together just need to create the great soup.
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        May 19 2011: Hi Paul,

        I guess it would come down to the goals and objectives in establishing a TED university. I would like to see great access for all people of any means to ensure that 'ideas worth spreading' actually spread. That's why I would like to ensure that a person could get a certification or degree completely online so that someone in Africa, Malaysia or Costa Rica without the means to travel could get everything they need. Optional segments could be provided for face to face contact where people could afford it. Alternately, teachers could travel to groups of students to reduce travel cost and emissions.
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          May 19 2011: Hi Debra,

          yes for sure online the whole path should be possible. In most parts of the world people study something locally, which has the possibility for a local job of which the local boss accepts the certification.

          One thing to do is to take the 'solutionist' method by humane education : http://humaneeducation.org/ Than you focus on what you learn, goes for a better world. Only thing needed is connecting sustainist world organizations who want 'virtual/local' interns and hire them possibly later.

          People who have the luxury to learn without needing a job fast after are also in the position to travel to specialized high profile 'design hostels' I think. This group on one spot can be in direct contact with 'home students' around the world and being the engine pumping around virtual thoughts and collaboration.
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        May 19 2011: In regard to your final paragraph, I would like to see this project reinstitute the original idea of 'Elderhostel" learning which could include seniors as students and or teachers. They are likely to be able to not only travel but to bring a wealth of knowledge with them. This is something that I could really get excited about helping with. It is high time we found a way to reintegrate the generations and to harness the Boomers to improve the world.
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          May 20 2011: Yes, the elders. In primary schools we invite in the netherlands retired math and physics teachers to help kids with ADHD stamps in seeing the bigger picture. A lot of current staff lost this skill, the growing amount of labeled kids with ADHD is connected with that.

          As TED starts with the big names in the world, and than we get some space through TEDx, and conversations...which works.... Maybe ask Richard Branson and his group of Elders http://www.theelders.org/ first?
  • May 4 2011: Brilliant.

    Open School Foundation. Open Source. On-line.

    TED or other respected speakers asked to give presentations at key Universities at the world (and video-taped) and then broadcasted by our Open School!

    AK
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    May 3 2011: there have been a few questions like this, suggesting integrating ted into the traditional University scene with some twist or another.

    Honestly I am of the opinion that such an idea is simply more of "the same" educational nonsense, I think we all agree that the educational system in this country (and every other) is extraordinarily lacking in its ability to facilitate the development of true intelligence.

    so if you're going to suggest some sort of education with ted let it be radically different. I don't presume to know the solution but suggesting more of the same doesn't solve the big issues in my opinion.

    here's an example of a radical suggestion:

    Make some sort of ted community of people and place tools of motivation for them to find a mentor and an apprentice, along with motivational tools to help them congregate in groups and share their knowledge.

    PS. if you're really bent on putting the ted influence in formal education - not a bad Idea, but not the ultimate education solution - might I suggest making a "open minded class" in which the class simply watches ted videos and discusses them in order to get a broader view of the world around them.
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      May 19 2011: Hi Jordan, I can appreciate your stance and yet - isn't it worth working toward a solution together?What if it was done in a whole new way?

      What if we taught people freely using and integrating TED ideas that could be fully applied in their own communities to shape the world right now. I saw a TEDx talk recently from Arizona I think where a young man, an engineer has come up with these growing 'socks' big tubes which are filled with cocoanut husks and worms. They are used as planters and water with only worm wine. It has the potential to feed many people especially in drought stricken areas. This is a small sample of bringing good things into people's lives in an immediate and practical way. What if they were then taught how to feed a city, how to ensure water supply and clean water, how to organize to gain better voices in their communities......Could you get on board with something more like that?
  • Jun 8 2011: Dear Sanjay,

    What is now the status of your request? Are you in dialogue with TED on setting-up a new university?

    Who will be the target audience, i.e. what deliveries or impact do you wish to make?

    I like to continue this conversation.

    AK
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      Jun 12 2011: To continue : What if we can imagine a university on every continent, all having a 'specialization', together forming a collective consciousness on how we people think the world functions. Each university is dedicated to one huge challenge, everybody interested by job or drive meet up there (in real or virtual) and exchange views and solutions with other continents.

      This way each continent is 'needed', a belonging. Everybody has a focus and a place to physically meet up.

      It's the knowledge symphony of the world which needs to start to take place. We have the instruments, we just need to design the scores, practice, build the stage and perform occasionally.
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    May 19 2011: A little future scenario I wrote for a small thinktank a few months ago, I'd like to share with you all;

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    Hello 2020, I will be 11 years old. I was born with an iPod Touch in my hands. At my first birthday I navigated easily through the music and video’s with a sweep my dad could not do. My dad first saw the world through the Larousse encyclopedia at my grandma’s home. I got an iPad on my second birthday. I have ’seen’ the world you know.

    I am bored.

    In 5 years I have to go to a University. Why? Why pay all my allowance for an expensive 3×3 room in a crowded grey city, so I can be at 9AM in college? Why can’t I be 1 year with my soulmates in the mountains, I can learn the same as in a city using my iPad and internetcard! I think even more. I would invite the smartest best teachers some time to come over. To relax and to tell us a bit about a subject which matters. Would be cheaper than citylife anyways…
  • May 13 2011: can we invite paul van zoggel to join this conversation? how do we do this - within the ted community
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      May 18 2011: Adriaan, If the person you mention is a TED member he might be in the community members list. If not try to ask TED admin to contact him to ask if he will participate.
      • May 19 2011: Hi Debra,

        yes- he is a TED member. Paul van Zoggel.

        He is interested in education- especially for youth. Can you invite him?
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          May 19 2011: Sure Adriaan- already done through the TED email.
          For future reference - all you have to do is click on the person's picture or name and it will take you within a couple of clicks to theri profile. Most people have email contact there.
  • May 6 2011: There is something irreplaceable and exceedingly valuable in face-to-face discussion. I love the idea of a TED University, and I would hope to see it implemented using real, physical locations. In my experience real-life conversations, where all those subtle cues of body language, intonation, eye-contact, etc. can play a role, are infinitely more productive than even the most advanced video chat can be. I envision of a global network of physical locations with an open exchange programs among them. People in each location could, of course, draw upon the vast online resources of TED to fuel conversation and as creative inspiration, but could then move in directions meaningful to the specific group.
    • May 11 2011: How about a symbisis of the best of two worlds:

      a couple of TED sites plus an on-line campus.

      I personnally would also like to see a YouTube College University: Leaders, teachers and Masters from all over the world sharing knowledge, ideas and world (human) opportunities
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        May 19 2011: Yale, Stanford, Harvard already have many lectures online if you go to their sites.i watched an enitre course on legal ethics with Michael Sandal online.
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    May 5 2011: Sitting in front of a glowing screen participating in Ted can become awfully lonely. There is a need to make contact with other Ted members. Organizing a local TedX event is the answer. What would be very useful is a local forum for those who want to begin meeting with a view to organize an event. Should a forum exist in my locale - San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose I would definitely want to attend group meetings where we could brainstorm ideas for a TedX and the begin the process of organizing the event.
    • May 5 2011: Agree fully.
      TED is actually not about being an online soul but a medium to get in touch with so many fascinating ideas with an ease. Just like many other initiatives, TED University can be a network of like minded people who would interact on and offline as per the convenience. Just not a teacher to student knowledge flow but a mutual learning from whoever has a constuctive idea that has value and can be helpful in dealing with a real life ground problem.
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    May 4 2011: What great ideas, all about breaking down the worlds boundaries (or barriers) for global sharing of knowledge and information.
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    May 4 2011: In my view ...

    like the idea of a learning center, but I don't like the idea of "grading" students/attendees as in a traditional university setting.

    I like the idea of doing school projects based on TED-inspired material, as individual teachers and professors relate it to the degree program they are involved in.

    One of the hallmarks of TED is the diversity of views that are presented, and a typical university administration would not be conducive to a less-structured approach.

    I like the approach of the TEDx conferences and events to fill in a local community niche to pour gasoline on the sparks of people that are interested in participating. Perhaps this is a good way to implement what you are suggesting.

    Thank you for sharing your idea.
    • May 5 2011: Succinctly put Gerry. Thanks.
      The idea would be to actually break that traditional way of grading/evaluating the students. As abovementioned, TED conferences could be used in a multipurpose way - a mode of learning as well as a mode of delieving that learning to others. That in turn could be a way to evaluate how well a person has assimilated bright ideas into something actionable.
      So surely not traditional certificate giving but 'recognizing' applicable ideas of learners.
  • May 3 2011: In fact I think it could be done with open free lessons given by members: Like on comments you can give a feedback on the teachers quality and therefor there should be a fixed time- usually with a online - video - conference and maybe interactiv whiteboard.