TED Conversations

Austin R

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I challenge you to share TED Conversations!

I challenge you to share TED Conversations with 5 of your friends, co-workers, or relatives this week. Imagine how much more intellectual diversity we can bring to this already diverse community within a matter of days! Let's bring in some new views, questions, and innovative ideas! Spread the word!

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  • Jul 8 2011: Really Austin? I have found most of the conversations on TED to be not very interesting. You see alot of conversations that are loaded questions like this gem, "Why do so many think that population growth is an important issue for the environment? Don't they know the facts of demographics." Now I am not disputing what the guy is saying, but these are not conversations, they are people on soap boxes.

    And if its not them than its the dude who asks, "Why is the Koran perfect and you are not?" you know the Iranian government guy I am talking about.

    Or its self affirming stuff like, " is sexism and racism dead?" which just allows the writer to shove facts in peoples faces.

    Does TED want true conversations are do they want alot of soapboxes, maybe I should pose that question.

    This will be the title of the conversation, "Doe TED want real conversations or a big soapbox for people to vomit out their opinions on everyone else? and if you think they do want conversations your wrong and here is why"

    ....just saying
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      Jul 10 2011: Drake, im following what you are saying so far, what conversation should we be having?
      • Jul 11 2011: I am thinking along this line. hypothetically of course, I am an expert in this area, for a long time people in my industry or expertise or science have not found an answer to problem x. Maybe someone who is taught in something entirely different can give a fresh perspective.I may have a biology quandry but maybe the architect out there has an idea derived from his/her expierence...
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    Jul 8 2011: I FB posted this conversation... got one response already...
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    Jul 8 2011: Been doing that the last month bro...
    Must say interest is low, even with native language.

    How are you doing ?

    How's everybody else doing ?
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      Jul 8 2011: Same as you Judge. But longer.
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        Jul 8 2011: I set the time too short the first two.
        Now I got it right, nobody talk... hmmm.

        What would be a sticky topic ?
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          Jul 10 2011: Hi Judge, I struggle with the same question, and if we could get some ideas flowing, it would help us to move forward.
          what is it that motivates us to share our ideas on TED?
          for me its that there is a wide variety of topics, and every click will lead to another question and more answers, new insights into what we take for granted, the wonders of our universe and our intelligence as a species...
          But a lot of us are not concerned with these matters.
          So how do we start a new conversation, interesting enough that it will grab the attention of those who don't like to look at the big picture, or who are just not interested?
  • Jul 10 2011: Sharing TED conversations is a difficult subject - as in a sense is sharing TED.

    It's easy to 'share' TED among friends, and colleagues at work, uni, ... The problem is, that somewhat naturally, you're here because you like TED and what it stands for. And very likely, the people you hang out with and the people you 'socialize' with at work, somewhat fall into the same bracket. How likely is it, that even if you work with someone whose views you do not share, you might still be on 'friendly'/'chatty' terms with them talking about things that don't relate to work...?

    Somehow, while I do spread out the word about TED, it doesn't really happen with people I might not feel I would get along with. (Maybe it might be a good thing, to give it a try - but I wouldn't expect that too many people would do so).

    If you want a glimpse into this, watch Jonathan Haidt's talk on the moral roots of liberals and conservatives - particularly, look at the distribution of 'left-of-center' vs. 'right-of-center' people on TED (Haidt's talk is one of my favourites on TED so I would obviously suggest to watch it whole - to see the distribution of people, the first 3 1/2 minutes of it will be enough).

    You might not aim to make it self-reinforcing that way, but unless you specifically aim to bring in people of opposing views, you're not increasing diversity quite as much as you might hope.


    Personally, I am not quite sure how much I've changed due to Jonathan Haidt's talk - but I do try and keep it in mind.
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    Jul 9 2011: Well...I am here because someone kindly introduced me to the site. I talk it up whenever, I can.
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    Jul 8 2011: I have been talking myself blue about TED. This is a great idea that is worth spreading, truly. I just told someone specifically about the conversations this morning over coffee. I am working it, and it is because I find such personal value in the whole concept.
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    Jul 8 2011: I've tried bringing in two people unsuccesfully. I'll try bringing in three more.
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    Jul 8 2011: Yes ! I have been sharing with one of my friends about some interesting perspectives here on Ted .( language make it a barrier for her to join a conversation. )
    i will be happy to share whats going on here if my friends are interested!