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What makes the passionate TED listener become a change agent? What makes you stand up and take action?

There is a wealth of ideas and role models displayed in many many TEDTalks. Often does the Talk generate energy and inspiration. In your experience, has that energy turned into tangible change? What triggered it?

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    Jul 7 2011: I think the fact you see in these videos that, you dont need to be someone very outstanding to affect a change in the current situation and also the fact that all it takes is concise, calculated effort than any inborn talent.

    Not to mention the sheer motivations these talks provide.
    • Jul 7 2011: Fully agree, certainly a perspective that is dear to me... "Be a change agent, one day at a time!". And by the way, when you achieve this consistently, chances are you are regarded as an "outstanding" person.
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    Jul 27 2011: A lot of people have ideas, but they need inspiration. I see speakers on TED as doers, game-changers. When people with revolutionary ideas see others doing something big, they sometimes realize that they can too.

    TED helped me start changing the game in education. . . I hope.
  • Jul 7 2011: I'm a mother too Debra so know exactly what you mean! I want my daughters to live in a better world when I am no longer here to look out for them. Jacx
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    Jul 7 2011: This is a brilliant question. There is a maxim in psychology that: Intention does not equal action. People can be convinced that a course of action is right or good but there seems to be a secondary factor that leads to actual action. For me that factor is often injustice. I cannot stand for it. It offends me and I act.
  • Jul 7 2011: I took action beofre I became a member of TED because I am invested in the world being a different place to the one I currently live in and because I believe that the people who are the most oppressed and excluded are also te ones who will elad the way and show the rest of us how its done so I want them to be heard so I can hear them! Jacx
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      Jul 7 2011: Jacqui, I think that many great and generous people from all over the world and from all walks of life are helping to transform our world and are inspired by many things such as here at TED. But our global progress seems slow indeed as there people who are still oppressed and excluded as you noted and they do have more incentive to transform our world. I think we need to inspire more people to transform our world. http://Bit.Ly/ThePowerInfo
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      Jul 7 2011: Jacqui, You make an interesting point. I do think that many TED lovers are also people who are willing to try to make a difference. Another thing that motivates me is that I am a mother. That means that I am deeply invested in what happens to this world and to our societies long after I am gone. 'If not me then who' is a question we all need to ask ourselves. Boomers in particular should be asking this question. Its pay back time!
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    Jul 6 2011: It took me some time, but since I first watched TED I believe I had a revelation that I don't want to work on some else's business anymore. I had a few business ideas, started one of them. I found out I needed some skills and new people around me and I found them by connecting the dots which I couldn't see before...
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    Jul 5 2011: When I KNOW it's true... and I THINK I can make a difference.
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    Jul 17 2011: confidence there are other methods to dealing with the same thing, there is always a chance to innovate (come up with the new) and/or being convinced with what being presented
    to come up with newer rules, acquainted with current environment trends
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    Jul 7 2011: Hello Oob,

    I started a TEDTalks conversation on the Q of How, Why and When people have changed their most closely held beliefs. It illustrates how TEDTalks ignited many people's passions, inspired action and triggered sustained energy around the topic of change:

    You'll observe how TEDTalks and the conversation itself produced transpersonal change. People embraced co-relational opportunities of the conversation as much as TED videos. By processing themes of TEDTalks, discussants in turn inspired each other.

    As for further action, at the request on one discussant, I followed up the Q with this "Part II" How, Why and When people change:

    In this second conversation we traversed tricky differences of opinion. Some so challenging they devolved into disparagement. It was fascinating to see participants attempt action against nastiness. And rather astonishing to see how these energies did evolve but also complicated the tensions.

    As for me, serving in the role of conversation leader:

    Both conversations were initially acts of action informed by TED forums that grew and evolved, engaging me and other participants in meaningful ways. Perhaps most powerful was observing how participants learned and grew with and from each other. As they did I was significantly challenged to understand what might be going on, and adjust my efforts and energies to traverse entirely unexpected terrain.

    Some of the most tense exchanges resolved when by transitioning from mutual defensiveness to mutual encouragement. Some drew me to step in. With others encouragement and not a little trepidation, I addressed glaring boundary violations.

    These induced unbidden change, that I've put to use in civic efforts. I'm still processing the experiences and "hard" lessons. Which indicates how TED has inspired my growth and action.

    • Jul 11 2011: Andrea, quite a story! I would be interested to hear more as you process the experiences and lessons, to learn about how these influence your growth and actions, and to discover what change these have driven you to implement. Thank you for sharing!
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        Jul 29 2011: Oob,

        I appreciate your interest in how my processing of these has evolved. The emerging answers are multi-layered and diverse. And articulating them in way apropos given the conversation style of this forum is difficult for me to conceive.

        I'm trying to figure out how to capture them in some form that I can weave into my work in concrete ways and can also offer to others who are interested, as you. But in honesty I have yet figured out how, where and when.

        Apologies for being so vague (and delayed) in my answer to you. The depth and diffusion of "data" I'm processing has me trying to figure out how best to communicate them.

        Your conversation here, including your question for me, is quite relevant and timely. Thanks for putting it out there for all to ponder.

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    Jul 7 2011: An issue passionate to me is how some use people including children as cheap labour in sweat shops in Western countries.
  • Jul 6 2011: The best way I've heard passion described:

    You can't not do it.
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    Aug 1 2011: I am the change. I know that sounds like a hoaky platitude but TED has ignited a thirst for more knowledge and information in me. This thirst has inspired me to share, not only TED but also sites like Hubski with others. Change doesn't always mean huge grand acts of achievement, sometimes it's spreading a desire, in this case the desire for a thoughtful exchange of ideas. TED inspired me to find more and to realize that the more I find, the less I know. I recently watched a great piece on hubski by Alan Watts, it is wonderful and I wouldn't have gotten there without TED.
  • Jul 29 2011: Due to the fact that we should start thinking out of the box and looking at the bigger picture. The fact that we are all one race! The fact that we are the people of earth and that we should join hands and start developing on all possible fields. Imagine how much more advanced we would've been if, instead of fighting each other, we shared technologies and ideas and advanced forward. Just dropping the need to be the first person/ company/ country to invent this or that. i mean what is the point of innovations if it does not help humanity, and what is the point of helping humanity if we are eventually going to end up bombing each other?!?!
    this is what TED talks help to promote, intended or not intended, it is the idea that innovators from all over the globe are always trying to find ways to benefit humanity and advance us as one race. Regardless of who's eventually going to be using their inventions. Living in an age where we can see all of that unfolding before our eyes and feeling overwhelmed by these exceptional innovations, we can't help but feel extremely eager to stand up and join this great league of thinkers who are relentlessly reshaping the face of our planet and upgrading our daily life as we know it.
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    Jul 29 2011: Speech section clicks, resonates, confirms the self; new a-ha insight is an icing on the cake.
  • Jul 28 2011: For example someone with a strong feeling for justice, who see's injustice.
    Compassion and sympathy can also compel people to take action, make a change.
    A greedy pig looking to abuse a good idea for profit. (not that I know of any)

    But besides that, there could be thousands of reasons for people to stand up.
    No single source, unless:

    Lately a lot of people around the globe are experiencing feelings of waking up, enlightenment.
    And in the meanwhile, things on some fronts drastically become worse in this world.
    Which can make people question the way things are done, actually think on it outside the box.
    Maybe this causes it.

    Could be compared to a world in which a whole generation never told their kids santa claus was not real.
    Then once those kids would become parents, they would tell their kids about santa claus, and they could repeat this cycle over and over, thousands of years.
    Then one day, someone wonders, what if he is not real.
    Open mindedness.

    And in the end, the answer to this question is irrelevant, the change is.
  • Jul 28 2011: hi eun
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    Jul 28 2011: I think the answer is already in your question.
    Passion is what makes a thinker a doer.
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    Jul 5 2011: I think that digging into the true essence of our own cultures can energize and inspire us and TED can be looked at as powerfully expounding it.

    Or TED alone can be the exposition of our great cultures as we continue to gather great people with their great talks.