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Terry Torok

Founder at Angel Producers, Founder at Live from Earth


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WHAT IF your top 5 personal ideas met collaborative action, write here. A TED BUCKET LIST of ideas worth spreading w/ angels in the wings.

Are you open to hook up with someone who can place action to ideas... ? Collaboration > Ideation > Action...

Whether you need a hand, or can lend one, together can we map our dreams, make them happen... personal ideas worth spreading with angels like you who can help make them fly... [dreams for you, for earth or for your children]

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Closing Statement from Terry Torok

IF we could see and hear each others dreams and desires, we might be able to connect with humankind in a more peaceful and productive way... placing our dreams "out loud" may give us a chance to reach them and help others reach theirs.

Do you know what your best friends dreams are? Does your best friend know yours?

Thanks to all of you who share your dreams... it's an amazing list... With someone's help, I hope to bring it to another level. These are all perfectly possible, sweet dreams, Terry Torok

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    Sep 29 2011: 1. Promote integration of traditional healing practices into modern medicine so that personal touch and holistic treatments return to a world of cold clinical practices.

    2. Encourage individuals to be more open-minded to other spiritual answers during soul-searching, by introducing the concept of control through understanding and eliminating the concept of 'my religion versus yours' thinking

    3. Advocate Self-help & self understanding programs to schools, to encourage students to take learning into their own hands rather than enforcing it.

    4. Move towards an earth that encourages Interdependence as it is just as important to work with others and still be able to take responsibility for yourself.

    5. Spread potential solutions to others through sharing your own unique ideas and views as sometimes even a rocket scientist may miss that pair of glasses on top of his own head.
    • Sep 30 2011: I think your 5 aims are so beautifully put. I admire, respect and am sailing with you on that planet friend. :@) All the best.
  • Aug 27 2011: Hi Terry, thanks for asking. Kinda stuck in a rut at the moment and it really helps to refocus on what is important.

    1. Be the light, bring the light.
    2. Speak, teach and hold the space for those whom I meet to make the transformation they need in their lives
    3. Make enough money so I never have to think about it again
    4. Love the love of my life and my dog in a way they deserved to be loved
    5. Immerse myself in a group of people who are living for the highest good of all
    • Sep 11 2011: I love your Bucket list numbers 1,2 and 5. The second one had me reflecting for a good half hour with its profoundness. Although I guess, it had me on pause because my list is somewhat akin to what you have. But your second one is beautiful especially after considering the first one. We want to bring the light and be the light. Yet somehow, there should be a proper time to dim your lights a bit so as to see the light of others and allow that light to shine some more so that together, later on, you can light an even bigger space.
      • Sep 11 2011: Thank you. I wrote that last post in a dark time and it really helped me remember the light. I absolutely agree with your point on dimming our lights. I do suffer from an overdo syndrome and often forget that it is never up to us to "help" another person. We can only set the space and hopefully they will walk into the light and remember the light in themselves.
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      Sep 25 2011: I reread your bucket list today Serene... and re-inspired... it's great to keep our dreams before us... our sub-conscience mind can help us manifest them by night and when we rise we can check the map... [again]
      • Sep 26 2011: Thanks! And thank you for starting this thread. I've been repeatedly inspired by what the others wrote and it's heartening to see this many people want to live inspired lives.
  • Oct 14 2011: My wish: Information accessability and helping others obtain critical thinking skills.
    Brick and mortar Libraries are a place to go to for books, magazines, community information, and increasingly, computer access.

    For those who are computer literate, digital Libraries are growing at an exponential rate.
    So much information is available for those who can get to a Library, for those who have access to a computer and the Internet.

    My wish is to take that information and access to it, to the people.

    Think of a bookmobile concept, but change it to be a mobile digital learning environment and information access point. Traveling E-Mobiles would make technology and the information age available to as many people as possible.
    Visualize a digital command center on wheels, with staff able and willing to teach people how to use technology, or how to use it better.
    Helping patrons learn to differentiate between fluff and authoritative information. Digitizing of community information, resources, and history could also be a part of the traveling information mobile.

    The opportunites for those who have limited (or no) access to computers and information could be life changing.
    My wish is also for people to learn to critically think about what information and ideas they are exposed to. Once literacy is achieved, and access to information is available, cognitive skills need to be developed.

    An intelligent, informed, rationalizing population of the world is perhaps our key to survival as a species.

    Major wishes aside, my personal dreams would be to become a better listener, a better wife to my husband of 20 years, and earn a masters degree in library science. I always hope to keep my mind open to the vast and wonderful possibilities and people around me.
    Thanks for listening, have a great day!

    One more thought.... "outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend, inside of a dog, it is too dark to read." attributed to the late, great Groucho Marx
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    Oct 6 2011: I want for money and class to not be a roadblock or stumbling block to education and potential. I want to see universities and colleges share their courses and expertise with students from all walks of life so that no one has to live "outside" of their own potential for lack of being intellectually challenged. I want the true meritocracy to emerge, not the entrepreneuracracy - we have conflated these two. If you aren't connected, don't have the right ideas, it takes you 4-5 times as long to do something- the problem is access and agency, not smarts and creativity. Change the rules!

    I've started, I have a higher education platform called Omnicademy. We can inspire all people to their greatest potential. It doesn't HAVE to be difficult!
  • Sep 29 2011: 1. Help change the way children are educated.
    2. To become a speaker to the soul's of people
    3. To let go of what I cannot change about me and become more of what is wonderful about me
    4. To be a part of the spiritual makeover in the world, and by spiritual I mean our souls
    5. I've been in the cocoon stage long enough, I want to be born now
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    Sep 14 2011: This would be a constantly changing list, but here it goes:

    1. To simply leave the world as a better place than I found it. An all encompassing rule.
    2. To never be part of "the problem".
    3. To make a living doing what I love and to be able to help my family.
    4. To treat all people the way I would like to be treated.
    5. To never stop learning, never stop creating and never stop enjoying and appreciating what I have.
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      Sep 25 2011: Carmine this is fantastic thank you i share your number 2... the most, but would like to live them all !
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    Jul 25 2011: In many ways, I have already completed my personal bucket list. I have done more things in my life than I ever expected to. So most of my remaining items are passive, but they are still real for me.

    1) Live long enough to see the end of war. (Probably means I would have to live a very long time, but I do believe that war as a way of solving problems will disappear if humanity continues to grow in understanding.)

    2) Reach the end of my life without taking the life of another. (Yes, if I found myself in a position where the lives of others depended on my swift and unequivocal action, I would take down someone who thought because he held a gun in his hand he could kill indiscriminately. I would do that in a heartbeat.)

    3) See my sons and their loves and their children carry on the memes that bode well for a future where love, in its many forms, continues to break down the artificial barriers human beings construct to pretend that we are not one family. (Whether we have God as one father or biology as one mother, some day we have to realize that we are they.)

    4) Participate in some small way to change the paradigm of human survival. (I fully understand survival of the elitist, but I would rather we human beings could see ourselves in a mirror that includes the most broken and disadvantaged.)

    5) Write that book or sing that song or make that movie or paint that picture that is within me. (Our fleeting perceptions are so powerful. They are the sparks that live beyond our own lifetimes. They set fire to new ideas, new possibilities, new understandings. If only we could capture them in a word or a sentence or a lost chord or a splatter of paint on a canvas.)
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      Jul 25 2011: fantastic list Kevin... on your #4 interesting to note:
      John Mackey CEO of Whole Foods calls poverty the "default condition" of the human race, stressing that "it is not caused by the unequal distribution of wealth," but by the "unequal distribution of capitalism". He also states "Capitalism has a branding issue"... but at it's core is a fundamental cure for poverty... if this notion is adopted, we could move towards that paradigm shift of human survival... thoughts?

      You are a great writer your #5 would be enjoyed on any canvas of your choice...
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        Jul 25 2011: Terry, I appreciate your comments very much. Perhaps I can agree with Mackey in part. Certainly, if all of us had something productive we could in the world and earn enough to support ourselves and our families, poverty would end, and I believe that would be better than just supplying food or just supplying money. But capitalism by itself isn't the engine of change. People are.
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    Jun 15 2011: 1) Speak at TED about a new model of emotional understanding that scientifically defines all emotions and their causation with 100% accuracy, which offers the reduction of pain and suffering globally. Then educate, motivate and enlist assistance from true catalysts to deliver on #2, #3, and #4.

    2) Teach those in the world who are seeking it a practical path to eliminating negative emotion, thus raising their levels of inner peace... that we may be closer to world peace.

    3) Establish elementary and secondary school curricula to teach the process of emotional management to children so we may reduce things like bullying, teen angst, and teen suicide.

    4) Establish collegiate courses to teach the basis of egoic and collective egoic conflict, so that we may reduce war through the education of our future political leaders, and sow the seeds of a realistic and attainable world peace.

    5) After all that is done, find some awesome little beach to sit on with my family, while sipping on a few perfectly mixed margaritas. (I'll take care of this one. I'll need help with the rest.)
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      Jul 23 2011: I look forward to hearing you at TED... I would love to know more about #3... for our curriculum in South Africa...
      great list, right down to the salted rim... best, Terry Torok
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        Jul 23 2011: We're working on something for Australia schools as we speak with a couple educators, but if you know folks who would like to work on an SA version, forward them on to me.

        With the model we developed, we can give 12 year olds a Masters in Psych in about 20 hours of instruction. It's just about figuring out how to keep them awake. ;-)

        Thanks for keeping people thinking!

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          Aug 5 2011: Hey Sean
          Greetings. Do you have any more details about this program? I am not an educator but trying something, anything, to reduce bullying and suicide is something I would do. It often feels that people give up on this and put it in the "too hard' basket.
  • Oct 13 2011: My idea: Planet Potluck.¬†

    "Where social spheres mingle in real life."

    It will change the context of social networking, and ground the way people interact with their communities. It will break down hierarchies and renew social trust. It will spark a new renaissance and a new romanticism, uniting the modern and post-modern worlds, and it will reinstitute the human body into the social sphere.

    Planet Potluck is a real-to-life social platform that will engage local communities on every level of humanity through open food-sharing events. There are two ways you can use the platform:

    1. Host a potluck. Choose a location. Pick a theme. Meet your neighbors and surrounding community around food. Anyone is invited. It's always free.

    2. Attend a potluck. Search by theme or interest (art, music, business, hobbies, neighborhoods, religious beliefs, causes, etc). Bring food or donation if you can.

    Potential benefits of an open food network:
    1. Reduce collective apathy through human connection.
    2. End hunger in your community (break the provider/client mentality of inner-city soup kitchens)
    2. Find new business prospects.
    3. Make new friends or find a date.
    4. Renew the physical element of social networking.
    5. Change the way you interact with strangers. See eye-to-eye with all of humanity.

    1. Each potluck attendee is rated by the potluck host.
    2. Each potluck host is rated by attendees.
    3. No discrimination is allowed except for use of the rating system (all potlucks are open public events).
    4. Hosts that are not comfortable inviting strangers into their homes may choose a public place instead. Others may choose to host potlucks in their homes at their discretion.

    Communities become stronger and more conscious as social problems get reduced locally, through intentional engagement. Crime goes down in cities, prisons empty out, business gets a new platform for connectivity, and the human spirit gets a renewed sense of trust, all through relationships.
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    Oct 13 2011: Terry and Xia, I'm here to help. Tell me what you need. I can give you a platform for educating others. Let me know.
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    Oct 12 2011: 1) Make motivation the new metric for learning assessment in education. It is not what we teach children, but how we inspire children with curiosity and passion for learning that matters. Who is measuring motivation and passion for life long learning and creative process as we bombard school children with standards of learning tests and other objective metrics as schools compete for funding.

    2) Don't just teach students facts and information, rather teach them how to operate and function when they don't have all the information.

    3) Bring creative problem solving into primary and secondary ed.
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    Oct 8 2011: 1. The "Wikipedia of Ideas" - a crowd-sourced platform that bridges the gap between Wikipedia and TED. People go to Wikipedia to learn how things came to be; people go to TED to learn about possibilities and visions of the future. Likewise people will go to this sharing technology to contribute ideas to improving the world and identify opportunities from which enterprises will start. It will be a community to bring the visionaries and the executers (engineers, developers, etc) who are passionate about a particular idea, concept, or industry to turn dreams into realities.

    2. A platform in which people can share their goals and share the steps that lead up to their goals with their friends and family, thus creating a system of accountability and motivation. It's those daily disciplines that accumulate over time and end up changing our lives for the better. This social platform (available on both mobile and web) would help people stay committed to doing those simple tasks that are both easy TO DO and easy NOT TO DO.

    3. Make epic videos of me doing crazy things, like going to Thailand to train and fight muay Thai (which I've done before), going to the ashram in India that Steve Jobs went to, going to the Amazon to visit the Satere Mawe tribe and performing the bullet ant ritual. These videos are to inspire people to take life by the horns, to experience the world, and better themselves.

    4. Either take my current company public or another company I start in the future public. That would be a nice feat, to just say I've done it.

    5. Reinvent education for the better, particularly in countries that lack innovation. Creating a curriculum that fosters innovation, to help students discover themselves, and to ignore following cynics' advice of going the traditional way of getting a job and all that. If anything it'd be nice to change the education of Korea, China, and India, where work ethic is more prevalent -- thus, they'd become major game changers in the global economy.
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      Oct 8 2011: Excellent Steve ... look forward to the opportunity to connect...

      Your number one is a clear and collaborative way to contribute to contribute to ideas... very cool... it seems like an idea starter or idea spreader that could live easily within the Ted socialsphere... it is brilliant. Could lead to collaborators coming together on an Ideation Vacation...
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    Xia Zou

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    Oct 6 2011: This first one would be the best gift someone could give me or that I could pass on to future generations (outside of what I create with my hands in the literal sense).

    1) University/Academia is one of the most amazing places I've had the privilege to spend time at. The wealth of knowledge is spectacular. It can also be dense and difficult to access. I have a dream that it could be 1) Free and accessible to all, that is maybe you can't get the degree, but you can get the syllabus, see the lecture notes, buy the books, and it's all available and easy to access, so that we can all have that kind of supreme understanding, which leads to better actions, and better people. 2) That there is a second component that allows for some of the best of insights gained from research, to be shared, much like TED. Essentially, that universities adopt a TED like format to research presentations, and that these "findings" also address broader applicability issues. Essentially I'd like the world to be more connected. Artists, scholars, business people, philanthropists etc., we should be all working together, because as good as we are, we need each other to step up and to do the things that are being called to face in this new age.

    2) Be a spectacular innovative artist that really touches and moves her "community"
    3) Be an activist especially in the areas of environmentalism and compassionate action.
    4) Be good company (ongoing, simple, but maybe the most essential thing in living). And when something else is called for, give them incredible.
    5) Living more in Samadhi (or as Maharshi would say, residing in the "self").
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      Oct 6 2011: Xia, I have created a platform for higher education that does just that. I am happy to share it and make it available to you. I would welcome any opportunity to get it into people's hands. Check it out at Omnicademy.com.
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      Oct 7 2011: thank Xia and Stacey - one of my goals is a free and accredited academy... both with online and personal mentoring and student collaborative experiences... it's extremely attainable and we are working through first in the creative fields... I see this clearly... and those who do should gather.... quickly....
  • Oct 6 2011: Pretty big, but hey - why not?
    1. Figure out how to shift the human races' thinking from "me" to "us" so that we can all work together to create a sustainable future - restore our planet and our societies. We are one, let's act on that!
    2. Find the resources to establish an international website/ mobile apps that facilitates collaboration to develop viable businesses with a triple bottom line (Environmentally Restorative, Socially Enhancing, Economically Viable) - and internationalize them. Not far off a model for this one.
    3. Link #2 business into a charitable trust that governs it's operations on the above ethics and that re-invests in the most influential organisations/opportunities - supercharging and internationalizing them.
    4. Establish education systems used by the masses that help everyone think in cradle to cradle product life cycles etc.
    5. Have loads of fun, love, compassion in life and help others do the same.
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      Oct 6 2011: I'll through my online education platform into the mix. Let me know if you want an account.
      • Oct 6 2011: Thank you Stacey. I am not a Proctor or Professor - how do you see us working together on your website? I am certainly interested in education!
        How can I help?
  • Oct 6 2011: I stumbled upon this while reading about Steve Jobs - may he rest in peace. I think it's great to have a place to express ideas and questions and I enjoy TED so this is the perfect.

    My 5 current big and small "To-Do's" are as follows:

    1. Complete my undergrad in April 2012/begin my post-grad in September 2012.

    2. Help develop efficient off-grid electricity systems for rural Africa.

    3. Have a career with the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme).

    3. Become a successful entrepreneur.

    3. Continue growing as a stronger and better person.

    Thanks for listening,

    Cara Salvatore
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      Oct 6 2011: Howzit Cara thank you so much - very very happy the random road led you here... in Zulu, [i am in Cape Town S. Africa today] there is a beautiful word Lalela... it means "to listen" and I am closely listening to you... I am currently here with our programs writing curriculum for the Art of Ideas, and The Art of Entrepreneurship...

      i look very forward to understanding and communicating more with you in the very near future...

      Pleasure, Terry
  • Oct 5 2011: 1. I would like to end lobbying in the USA.

    2. I would like to be instrumental in the 10 largest cities worldwide having a self sourced and sustaining food system.

    3. Appear on TED.

    4. Have a son named Ted.

    5. Assist my son Ted in presenting for TED.
  • Oct 3 2011: Hi Terry,

    Thank you for inviting this question. When I imagine an Angel In The Wings, I'm inspired.

    Here's the ONE thing that I would want to do:

    I'd like to produce/direct an Edu-tainment Documentary series called "The Re-Union of Body and Soul" - how newly emerging practices and perspectives related to fear, pain and core values are revealing the Highest Self (and love) that we are.

    What would our world look like if fear didn't impact our lives so often, if prior pains didn't continually impact the course of negotiations, and if right-wrong and good-bad thinking (including shame, guilt, punishment, etc) were replaced with presence, core values, integrated generative solutions and awareness of the value of others' perspectives?

    Each episode would include 3 components:
    - The current episode Topic Overview
    - Applications of the episode topic to practical situations at all scales - individual, interpersonal, organization and leadership, kids in schools, parenting, relationships, politics and legislation, healthy communities, economics, etc.
    - Practical do-ables that viewers could take on TODAY toward this "Re-Union"

    The incremental Episode List would bring awareness to (what Spiral Dynamics refers to as 2nd Tier) topics such as:

    1. Core Values Awareness
    2. Type Dynamics
    3. Grief work / Release Work
    4. Effective Expression and Do-able Requests
    5. Integrative Decision-Making (ie: win-win, system-awake solutions in a multi-perspective'd world)
    6. Recognizing and Addressing Shadow (fear, pain, shame, guilt, villainizing, etc)
    7. Integrating The Core Behind Fear (and 5 specific proven practices)
    8. Restorative Justice
    9. Subtle and Transpersonal Field Dynamics
    10. Both/And Thinking (relativism and post-relativism in a mostly conventional world)
    11. Revealing Highest Self - the Face of God - at all Scales
    12. Recap

    Inspired by this post I wrote this:

    If this interests you or other Angels In the Wings, let's talk!

    - M
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    Oct 2 2011: 1. Assist in the rescue of our failing ecosystem and mindfully enhance the health of our planet.
    2. Participate in the vital improvement of our education system's infrastructure.
    3. Exploit today's communication vehicles to enhance people's lives and perceptions of life.
    4. Devote more time to artistic, nonverbal expression; study and travel.
    5. Resist societal pressure to be first, fastest, prettiest and perfect.
    • Oct 2 2011: Fantastic 5 Tina. Wonderful language used too. inspiration friend :@)
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    Sep 28 2011: Hmm...

    1)To write a book about what I've been through.
    2)Do be a good enough parent that my children learn from my mistakes and make their own, rather then repeat any mistakes that I have made.
    3)To be a positive role model.
    4)Learn how to keep a relatively clean house. Clean in comparison to the constant clutter that currently dominates the space.
    5)Return to, and finish school.
    • Sep 30 2011: Mike, as a devoted single parent, I think your list is one of the best I've read so far. Just by having that list, I'm positive you will achieve them all.
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    Sep 28 2011: Hiiiii
    -I want to make a difference
    -I want to have mass influence
    -I want to stop climate change
    -I want action and global shift to renewable clean energy
    -I want to do everything humanly possible for people everywhere to understand climate change and the need for serious change

    This is why I went on Ted I am so serious about this
    I can not sit back and watch a runaway train
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    Sep 28 2011: Hi, Jerry! Thank you for letting me have 5 minutes to think about my ideas.
    And this is my list, not in a particular order:
    1. learn spanish
    2. To help those children left behind by their parents who come to big cities for supporting their families.
    3. Introduce character study to schools in China .
    4. travel around the world , to see the world , and to taste our big world.
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    Sep 27 2011: 1. I will be financially established/supported enough to open a healing centre for people who have been told they have no hope to experience for free the magic of energy medicine. Offering 3 healings per person and 1 healling to their primary caregiving angel. Funding through philanthropic gifting, self funding through merchandise sales & through registrations from affiliated healers. Trading financial energy for love and time. (i have a healing centre in New Zealand called Miracleworker)

    2. I will travel the world doing Free Hugs, continuing to raise the awareness of the simple healing power of unconditional love.

    3. I will travel the world and continue to teach the healing power of energy medicine in a playful way to the darling small lights of our planet, so they can enjoy the magic that is their birthright, stand strong in the face of adversity and teach their parents, caregivers or teachers to remember their own gifts. I will teach this in plain english to ordinary everyday big people, including sceptics and cynics - because, when I work - even they can feel it. :)

    4. I will shine, uplift, inspire and illuminate light, truth, beauty and grace wherever possible in all people I meet.

    5. I will attract appropriate like minded souls to support, enhance and grow with and alongside on my journey.

    Ok so there is one more thing. I click my fingers to shift energy. Everyone can feel it.
    My personal wish is to teach/speak this one day at TED and open people to instant, simple magic & miracles.

    "I looked into the hearts of some people with no joy. I discovered they did not believe in magic. And childishness to them seemed stupid. They were so upright and yet so bent over, it seemed to me they could not help but see the stars and also see the daises. It came to me their hearts were blind and caged and they needed my help to see. It was the most joyous task I have ever undertaken."

    I honour you Terry, for allowing me to release my dreams to the universe. Deb x
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    Sep 18 2011: I have a very big stupid ambitious list, but here's the current top 5:
    1) make Change The Future the most influential organisation on Earth (changethefuture.co.uk) - which will revolutionise the education system and the way we run our countries.
    2) Do anything it takes to get our world into a Resource Based Economy within my lifetime.
    3) Set up a massive research project titled Fix Our World - which discovers fundamental problems in society and figures out methods and milestones to fix our world's problems.
    4) Set up an organisation for mass sharing of assets to steer us away from private ownership.
    5) Make influential movies through PassionWorks Productions (my film production company):
    Schools Of Thought (documentary on children shaping their education system - in line with Change The Future)
    How To Fix Our World (documentary based on the findings of the research project)
    EnergySwitch (documentary about changing energy supplier to ethical renewable company - find out who's best - in line with the movement I want to set up called EnergySwitch)
    Saviour (movie - parable of origins of religion)
    Finding The Venus Project (movie - semi biographical look at Jacques Fresco's life and then moving into the future)

    Before I do that though, I have to finish university.
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      Sep 25 2011: big yes, stupid no. ambitious yes, but i believe it is in perfect hands with you Charlie... have you had success linking with complimentary minds within TED ? outside of TED ? finish the university, the universe is next.
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        Sep 25 2011: :D
        My colleague/best friend went to TEDx London and made some pretty good contacts - the theme was Education Revolution. He met the woman who organised the whole event and she will be able to help us link up with big people. We've also got some pretty good contacts within the education world - a couple of educationists and youth organisations.
        But we're always looking out for more people to help us or join with. We are desperate to find the perfect person to help us build a web system - if you know anyone who is a mega ambitious genius web developer/coder please send them this email and say they need to poke us:

        check out this temp website for more info on Change The Future:

    • Sep 28 2011: So glad to see youth that is not wasted on the young. Dream big!
    • Sep 28 2011: re Charlie's no3 see openideo.com
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        Sep 28 2011: Thanks for the link - it looks awesome.
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      Sep 29 2011: Charlie, your list is anything but stupid. The great thing about ambitious goals is that it can inspire others to join the cause. If you dream big and believe in it enough, it will come to pass.
      After all, The biggest achievements in human history were once just ambitious dreams.

      Your ideas on a resource based economy and helping children shape their education system are worthy causes that I strongly support. Keep at it!
      You don't have to wait till you finish with university because whether you know it or not, you're already gaining supporters.
  • Aug 25 2011: Hi Terry - it's a kick to read all the 161 comments so far! Actually, I've had a list like this for awhile, with many completions crossed off. Currently...

    1. Figure out a way to feature conversations about what is so interesting about all the closet geniuses I know. I want to help them get the recognition they deserve before they die, (a couple of them who have invented amazing innovations should be talking on TED.)

    2. Innovate a effective means to teach Alexander Technique without using hands-on - by web cam perhaps. Or maybe just teach more classes.

    3. I lived in Bolinas, CA for thirty years, and I think that I can create another ride like that somewhere else, using my experience there as a template for creating a real, live community...(as opposed to an "intentional" community.) But I don't know where exactly.

    4. Popularize my dream invention of outlining improvisational performance - ongoing: out4improv Probably, I can't even imagine how fun that would be.

    5. Figure out passive income ways to offer the benefits of my experience and observations to more people, so I can continue doing projects indefinitely and making them available to those who find them useful.
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      Aug 28 2011: fascinating list Franis - I would love to know more about each one... worth exploring more... [!]
      • Sep 15 2011: Glad for your interest, Terry! It's gratifying being an Angel in what I can manage, (for me, it's the meaning of my last name.) Do you know about www.kickstarter.com for attracting Angels?

        1. Such as: Mr. Natural, who invented a reverse-engineered jazz theory music course and a short-hand for music notation; Jacques Kelly, consciousness changer; Michael Miley, researcher of unusual ideas and phenomena; Dennis Rivers, communication enhancer; Barbara Sher, the Grandma of coaching; Bill Wesley, microtonal instrument designer, another sailor who's gone around the world a few times, a past life reader, a healer by sound, an animal psychic, a World Cafe questioner...and many more.

        2. Check out http://www.performanceshool.com for some interesting articles on how to learn the Alexander Technique without a teacher - from some of my colleagues who have continued the work of our teacher, an amazing original thinker, Marj Barstow. I'm working on an e-book too...

        3. Perhaps I would write a handbook or series of videos on how to turn your own small town into a real community & how to start your own small town phone book.

        4. Loosely arranging improvisational music and performance: http://www.franis.org/out4improv/ Actually, this is the one I'd probably like to do the most. It is also the one that needs the most help because it's the most original - like nothing you've seen before.

        5. Selling a patch repair material, a guild for contractors that's also a gallery portfolio, various info stuff such as ideas about scheduling for senior care to attract nicer caretakers, advice on how to make money painting murals, tele-workshops on creativity and thinking skills, youtube videos on little tips like how to grow your hair long, how to juggle, hitchhiking for women, tiny art books that are almost greeting cards, learning to be a graphic recorder...(Of course, this list goes on as the ideas continue...)
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          I have linked many to the links above... very interested in further dialogue on 2 & 4 with my work with www.lalelaproject.org and writing [ i am ] ideas, art and music curriculum... your list is of great substance and really enjoy the links... I am also in final phase launch of a "kickstarter" for humanitarian ideas... i am feeling very very good about the ROHI...
  • Aug 20 2011: 1. Realize the value that the persons I have around me, and.. understand that the life has more felt if we worry for the others.
    2. I would love to have a big country house, where I could take care of dogs of the street. I love animals, so this is like one think I want to do in my life(:
    2. Offer the whole love that could to the persons. The love is very important in the life of all. A smile, a word of breath, and the marvels that this causes in the persons.

    Thanks for this Terry!
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      Sep 18 2011: your number one, is so important... i have recalled your number one often, so easy to do, and yet so easy to forget... caught your beautiful smile all the way through...
  • Aug 17 2011: 1. Inhibit my self; always seek to cultivate a deeper sense of self. I would to hope to establish really deep roots, ideally shaped and grounded in my pursuit of good character. Having good character gives me a sense of peace that little else does.

    2. Receive revelation and constant affirmation from God that I'm coinciding with His will. That is very important to me. Although, I don't believe this is something that *I* can really do or influence. If it is, please someone let me know how. I want to live a spirit led and spirit filled life with the Holy Spirit guiding me every inch of the way.

    3. I would LOVE to found a children's education center and sports complex. A place where children can get together and learn innovative ways of living; a place where they can ignite the creativity that is already inside of them, and a place where they can develop a sense of self.

    4. Be a storm chaser.

    5. Keep in shape and explore the adventures of life. I would love to have a home in Colorado, or a place where I can invest time in adventure sports. (Kayaking, Hiking, Mountain Climbing, White water-rafting, etc.) Find home where I can finally befriend a golden retriever, off road in my jeep, and just enjoy nature - my lifelong desire and dream.

    All of this love for myself is a renewed feat which I'm proud of, but my list for helping others and life experiences I hope to have goes on and on and on. Thank you for sparking this fire in me and reminding me of the things closest to my heart since childhood. You've reignited the fire in me by simply asking this question; it really helps to put things in perspective and comparing the desires of my heart with the desires of others' hearts on TED causes me to remember where I stand and what makes me me. Thank you :) Later TED community! ^ - ^
    • Sep 6 2011: G Bella........You have worded every thought/wish of mine but for that "storm chaser"..........its not only "storm" there is alot i want too .............. (enjoy similar raw beauty of nature )and had to post you a reply first to digest other ideas flowing in this conversation
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    Aug 11 2011: In no particular order:
    - become financially independent & abundant.
    - create self-sustaining retreat centres. One in Winnipeg, M.B. with a soup kitchen using the unwanted fruit & veggies from local grocery stores. Anyone may stay as long as they help out (preferred) or pay. This retreat centre would also double as a resource centre. Another one in B.C.
    - Educate myself in various fields of study including sustainability, holistic health, and creative writing
    - Finish writing my novel. Let it be beautiful and a novel that changes the way people think.

    Current list of things I'd love to do. :)
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      Sep 18 2011: hoping you might lead me to a page or two of your beautiful novel idea ?
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        Sep 20 2011: Rough Draft of something I want to include in the novel:

        One day I was walking home from my babysitters. It was a cool fall day with a prairie wind blowing hard. I loved to feel the wind in my face when it was from the South but not from the North. With the wind blowing me hard from behind, I began to skip down the backlane, trying to keep up with the leaves swirling by as they flew, longing to join them in their flight.

        Almost at the main road, a much stronger gust of wind suddenly lifted me up in mid-skip. For a moment I too was a leaf being picked up and tossed upon the whim of the wind. I landed. Laughing I looked behind me and silently thanked the wind for carrying me the rest of the way to the road.

        The small experience filled my heart with love and my mind with excitement that maybe, just maybe the wind was more than just the wind. Maybe it was something bigger, something alive.


        I have a lot of bits and pieces, and the introduction written. I just need to connect all the pieces. :)

        i want it to be about life, healing and the beauty that surrounds us all.
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          Sep 21 2011: love it Christine ready to read more ! You'll enjoy working with an editor at some point too- gain another perspective... it's all good, keep it up !
  • Aug 7 2011: Okay, here's mine (for now):
    1. Live in a way that lets my loved ones really KNOW they are loved and affirms their unique gifts.
    2. Be true to my real self, sharing my gifts without fear and so much censoring and editing.
    3. Spend more time near and in the sea and enjoy the earth and her beauty.
    4. Create art that touches people in a healing or inspiring way.
    5. Help relieve suffering wherever and however I can, bring laughter, peace, healing that goes on and on...
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      Sep 18 2011: some reason i think you enjoy photography ? would be great to know if we could view your art.. as it is pointed in a most important and beautiful direction Jack...
  • Aug 7 2011: 1. Get Space Flight Systems as common as air flight is now
    2. Increase our energy capacity 100 times in the next 20 years
    3. Expose Junk science for what it is.
    4. Make sure genetic engineering is done for good
    5. More peer to peer communications and expose warmongers earlier in their process!
    • Sep 16 2011: I would like to chat with you about expanding P2P communications in more detail through e-mail. I am developing many ideas here.
  • Aug 6 2011: 1. create a retreat to heal persons that are victims of abuse, need to learn how to live peacefully.
    2. Create a school in Mexico for kids that cant afford to go to school.
    3. Have the means to send my grandchildren to college.
    4. Retire comfortably.
    5. Make a difference in the lives of my fellow human beings.