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Zach Doty

Account Management Intern, Stone Ward

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TED generates brilliant ideas for good. Can we take it a step further and actively apply these ideas into productive action toward problems?

As a relatively new participant, it seems TED does a phenomenal job in fostering creativity and innovation in certain environments. Speakers and audience members alike review societal, scientific and other issues in the world. The focus seems to be around the dialogue and thought process of concepts and innovation.

Perhaps we could approach this from a slightly different angle? Create a "TED Cup" which would present a problem (versus an idea) for which teams or TEDx chapters would create solutions to.

At an official TED conference, the challenge can be announced, with paying teams submitting their ideas and solution outline for a qualifying decision, and subsequent rounds in which the teams present, shape and reform their ideas for implementation. This concept reinforces the idea of community, active TED promotion and the action of all the great ideas shared through TED daily.

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    Jun 3 2011: I think it is a great idea and I have been thinking something similar. I must confess I have published an "Application to TED: A Twitter now and a speaking slot in 2012?" ( http://is.gd/mccted ) post that touches on the idea you have raised. The post shares four ideas with the TED community – Equity Market 3.0, Economic Development 4.0, the critical path and UNITED 3.0 (to deliver “Ideas worth creating”). It is this fourth idea that your question touches on.

    I am intrigued by the power of social networks. I wondered if the "crowd" would find my application, endorse it and draw it to Chris's attention. Perhaps, we could all contribute through Web 3.0 for a range of endeavours including yours. Like Linux, it is hard to see a natural owner for your idea? TED is a potential candidate, but TED sticking with what it does best is also critical. It is a difficult question, but TED is receptive to new ideas.

    I can see the character limit dropping as I type. I shall extract some text and refer you to my post. My post also has the advantage of embedded Slideshare and Google Docs presentations (and more than 2000 characters) which put a TED "Ideas worth creating" network into the context of a specific purpose.

    Some extracted text related to this topic
    "As part of the process of preparing this application. I conceived another potential application of Web 3.0 network which may be of interest to TED. It is a Web 3.0 network closely modeled on Equity Market 3.0 to coordinate the execution of the critical path and the delivery of Economic Development 4.0. UNITED 3.0 is a Universal community Network to implement the Innovation, Technology, Entertainment and Design networks underlying Economic Development 4.0. In essence, TED is focused on “Ideas worth sharing”. UNITED 3.0 creates an platform to implement “Ideas worth creating”. Additional information is available from the UNITED 3.0 page and summarised in the Economic Development 4.0 presentation." ...
    Links http://is.gd/mccted

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