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Promote a project or organisation to make the world a better place!

This is not meant to be a conversation where you state that drinking water instead of soda will change the world, neither is it one where you're supposed to list a number of things that everyone can do to make it a better place.

This is a conversation where off-topic comments are NOT appreciated and where you are supposed to promote and help develop one idea per entry (not person).

This conversation is about the BIG changes not the small ones or self improvements!

There also seems to be some confusion about what a project is and i refer to it as

You are of course welcome to comment on purposed projects and I ask that you do so, so that critique against projects that seem good are debated.

Now, I plead that you try your out most to follow these guidelines as I'm trying to compose a list of some kind of how to contribute to the world.

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    Aug 9 2011: just came to my mind:

    wikileaks is fighting the evil that uncontrolled power groups (such as governments) wreak upon us.

    support them if you agree
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      Aug 9 2011: Yeah, THAT'S why I started this conversation, to remind us of what many already knew!
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    Aug 6 2011: Have a look here and see what you think:


    Disclaimer: I actually cannot access this site but it was recommended to me. Let me know if it's any good.
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    Jul 30 2011: QUOTE: "You're also welcome to inform on a project if you like Thomas, but please do so in a new post ..."

    I think there are many worthwhile projects and organizations and I do support some of them. However, the idea of promoting one feels a bit "strange" to me ... I have always felt we should clean up our own backyards before we clean up "other stuff."

    So if I were to promote ONE project what would it be?

    Perhaps the "Jimmy Strobl" project. [If I am talking to you.]

    Or the "Birdia Tak Wai Chan" project. [If I was talking to her.]

    And, of course, for myself, it would have to be the "Thomas Jones" project.


    Yes, I am using humour but I actually mean it. I believe we would benefit, and the world would benefit, if each one of us realized our full potential (and I do not mean in materialistic terms.)

    To use one of my favourite quotes again:

    "To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right." – Kong Zi (Confucius)

    Our "world" is a reflection of our collective thoughts and actions. Start there.
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      Jul 30 2011: Dear Thomas,
      It is a good idea to "clean up our own backyards before we clean up "other stuff"" and I also think/feel that we can do both at the same time. In fact, I see many people working on projects/causes at the same time as they are cleaning up their own house. Perhaps it helps with the process, and I believe we can still realize our full potential (maybe more so) in this way.

      Years ago, I worked in a women/children's shelter with victims of violence and abuse, volunteered with the dept. of corrections working with offenders of domestic violence and abuse, advoctaed for children in state custody who were removed from their homes because of violence/abuse, and guest lectured at the university on the topic of violence and abuse in relationships. The issue of violence and abuse was my "project" for several years. At the same time I was hopefully helping others, I was also healing in myself, from the ramifications of living with violence and abuse.

      While you offer an interesting perspective and quote, I suggest that we can work on putting many things in order at the same time:>)

      You say..."Our world is a reflection of our collective thoughts and actions".
      That sounds a lot like collective consciousness to me:>)
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        Jul 31 2011: QUOTE: "While you offer an interesting perspective and quote, I suggest that we can work on putting many things in order at the same time:>)

        Hi Colleen,

        I agree we can do both. I'm involved in "all kinds of 'stuff'" from mentoring, training, creating new businesses, supporting development in Africa and China, to promoting "personal development" and so on.

        I work independently and with organizations.

        But if I were to promote ONE thing it would come down the "Colleen Steen" project and sound something like, "Know Thyself."

        QUOTE: You say..."Our world is a reflection of our collective thoughts and actions".
        That sounds a lot like collective consciousness to me:>)

        Yes, it does, doesn't it?
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          Jul 31 2011: Thank you Thomas:>)
          I agree that getting to "know thyself" is an important process, which can happen more intensely when we reach out to the world. Violence and abuse in our world will always be one of my "projects", right along with promoting the interconnectedness of all of us. These two "projects" are very closely connected, because when we realize we are all connected, there will be much less violence and abuse in our world:>)
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        Jul 31 2011: Hi Colleen,

        If you had to pick one - knowing yourself or reaching out to the world to ameliorate violence - which one would you pick?

        Fortunately, we don't have to pick but, still, if you had to, which one would you choose?

        I know some people would pick knowing yourself and some would pick ameliorating violence.

        You can probably guess which one I would pick.

        I wouldn't hazard a guess as to which one particular others would pick.
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          Jul 31 2011: Thomas,
          Excuse me, but that's a silly question! When we are doing/being ANYTHING we are getting to know ourselves....if we make that choice...and I always make that choice:>) I want it all!
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          Jul 31 2011: You guys wouldn't happen to know of any organisations that are working against violence?
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          Jul 31 2011: Jimmy,
          I'm certainly aware of local organizations, but that doesn't help the TED community too much, so I googled "Violence and abuse Organizations". There are a TON of them.
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          Jul 31 2011: Knowledge is different than understanding. "know yourself" can be interpreted in different ways and, it is possible some of our knowledge may be a bit tenuous at times. False self-knowledge could be potentially dangerous but difficult to discern. Knowledge seems finite. I "know" how to speak English or "know" Algebra. Understanding our gifts, potential and limitations seems more of an ongoing process. Knowledge seems abstract and is associated with having information and thinking. Understanding implies a calmer, clearer, more grounded perspective that also has a physical dimension.

          I agree with your overall point. Someone who does not understand their gifts and limitations (or who is not "grounded" to use my preferred term) would likely not be very effective in ameliorating violence.

          I worked with people who had problems with violence in a residential facility and always took a couple of minutes to calm and ground myself before responding when staff asked for help because that allowed me to effectively resolve situations. There was one incident where another psychologist ran down the hall to help immediately and suffered a broken jaw when the situation escalated because of his intensity.
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          Jul 31 2011: I figured that there were, and I do use Google myself ;)
          It's just that I don't want to Google for all kinds of different organisations and do research about ALL of them, that's why I'm asking the community share and to help me find the really good ones so that I don't have to search for all of them!
          And also so that TEDsters can criticize different sources if they aren't all that they seem, like Christophe and Salim did with my share on Rotary.

          So Colleen, when/if you find a big, good organisation that you'd like to promote, PLEASE do!
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      Jul 31 2011: Hi Thomas,
      I'd just like to clarify what i mean by project
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    Aug 1 2011: sure no problem.

    here is my take: acumen fund
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      Aug 1 2011: Great link!
      Thank you for being productive in the way I want this conversation to be, it means a lot!
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    Jul 30 2011: The project I promote at the moment, which might help this thread to be a better place, is to remind you guys to flag the off topic comments and do not engage. When you scratch the mosquito bite, it becomes even more irritable. I learn from experience:>)
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      Jul 30 2011: I'm pretty good at picking up on the subtle, hidden meaning embedded in people's messages. Sometimes we are not willing to come right out and say what we really mean.

      I'm guessing what you are trying to say is you don't want us to discuss Islam in this thread.

      I know, it's amazing.

      It's a gift.
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        Jul 30 2011: Thank you! I just don't want that thread to end up on top again!
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        Jul 30 2011: YOU TALKIN' TO ME???

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          Jul 30 2011: This is the only time that I've used all caps but I felt that intellectual messages weren't getting through! ;P
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    Aug 6 2011: I propose this idea only an example. might sound a little fictional but its better that way...

    if we can eliminate the people whom we acknowledge threat to society... for example (not literally kill them or exterminate)

    No means to offend anyone here. example only If Bin Laden is still alive and by miracle the US Govern and Al Qaeda would have made a truce between (ofcourse its impossible but you get the idea) it would have created a huge impact not only to the Americans but in whole world. It will put us in a situation were there is no one to be blame and that we are left fix the mess we have made. Imagine people living in peace, no more protagonist no more antagonist.

    but the question still remains is that Are we that peaceful type of people?. or majority of us are?
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    Jul 31 2011: A big change that I would like to promote is to stop thinking in terms of improving the world by first thinking of projects and organizations. I agree with Thomas Jones’ point about improving ourselves as the most important ongoing project.

    I have seen way too many projects and organizations that were designed by a group of academics or professionals sitting around a table hundreds or thousands of miles away that did not help bring lasting improvements when put into place and, in too many cases, made things worse.

    The problem is that projects tend to look at problems through an objective, linear, reductionist frame that is based on assumptions that are often not tested or clarified. We can use an object, like a computer in a wide range of environments and situations. You can put a computer in a room full of other computers and it does not change. Human relationships are not like that. Relationships are more like a liquid (Edward DeBono’s metaphor)- they change shape depending on the container (circumstances) that holds them. Pour water in a glass and it has a different shape than the pitcher. Mix two different liquids and you create a different substance. Often you cannot restore the original liquids to their original state. Relationships are complex and fluid.

    Projects and organizations are logical, well-meaning but ineffective to the extent that they don’t have the flexibility to be responsive to a changing situation and have difficulty adapting to changing needs and concerns. Rather than promote a project, I would suggest we form relationships based on building mutual understanding and respect and then build a project or organization that is responsive and adaptive to the needs and concerns of the people it serves.
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    Jul 31 2011: I've lost a lot of respect for some people on this conversation, I will participate in it no longer!
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      Jul 31 2011: No, they are having fun! I'm not the person that flag comments I plead to people instead, I've done this enough on this conversation... Have fun!
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    Jul 31 2011: Once again, I ask that everyone reads the explanation and keep on topic, NAME an organisation and SHARE a link to it's website.
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        Jul 31 2011: "Man, you sure are picky!"
        It's not often that I ask people to specifically keep on topic as I did in the explanation of this conversation. I also expressed that off topic comment were NOT appreciated in this conversation.

        So I view it as a disrespectful mockery to continue to break "the rules" of this conversation... And I don't understand why so many people are doing it when I specifically asked you not to...
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          Jul 31 2011: It's probably because you are such a nice guy and we like teasing you.

          Now, can we get back on topic! ... The guy who is running this show is really picky.

          And (just to keep him happy) here is an organization a good friend of mine works with:

          Columbia Basin Trust

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          Jul 31 2011: QUOTE: "4) Refrain from condamning them even when they do break some of the rules;"

          Hi Birdia,

          What is "condamning?"

          Is that when both the Muslims AND the Christians tell you you are going to hell?


          Okay Jimmy, I'll pay for my transgression with an organization and a link:

          The Confucius Institue Online

          [I think it an appropriate recommendation ... considering the source.]
    • Jul 31 2011: Mr. Jimmy,
      "NAME an organisation and SHARE a link to it's website."
      when some one has some comments on that organization it is usual that tread have comments.
      I think there is no problem if each organization have comments.
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        • Jul 31 2011: "What do you think, SR? "
          studying is always better.
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        Jul 31 2011: S.R you are of course free to comment whatever you wish! In fact I'd like you to really share your thoughts on how to improve the world by commenting on most threads. I will however no longer be participating in this conversation.
        • Jul 31 2011: Mr. Jimmy,
          I said an organization and I replied comments to my thread.
          I do not consider this a crime.
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        • Aug 6 2011: off topic
          do not you see whole sale delete of comments related to Islam?
          even my Islamic org Promoted here was removed and no reply to my email to ted admin.
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          Aug 6 2011: I'm sorry for that S.R, I think the Admin overdid it with the removal of all those comments... I myself do not flag comments unless they are clearly violent or abusively personal, which your comments weren't.
          However in the terms of use:
          "8. TED reserves the right to remove any conversations, comments or content from the site, for any reason and without prior warning."

          Now S.R, I ask if you know of any organisation (preferably non-religious) that are doing good in the world that you'd like to tell us about?
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        • Aug 18 2011: Dear Iqbal,
          it is amazing but is not miracle.
          miracle is what human can not do.
          this is off topic here.
          if you want I talk you about miracle please start a new topic and notify me.
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    Jul 30 2011: Shall we get back to on-topic comments?
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    Jul 30 2011: Let's see if we can get this conversation back on track! What's a project, NGO or non-profit that you'd like to shed light on?
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        Jul 30 2011: Do you know of any project or organisation that's doing this that you'd like to promote Birdia?
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        Jul 30 2011: Thanks for the link Birdia, THAT kind of info is on topic and is also helping what you think is important by sharing it!
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          Jul 30 2011: QUOTE: "THAT kind of info is on topic and is also helping what you think is important by sharing it!"

          That she walks around in a ... a ... a bikini!?

          Yes, yes, - after some deep reflection -I think you are right Jimmy; that kind of information is important to share.
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        Jul 30 2011: Maybe I was unclear, I was referring to the link to that she shared.

        You're also welcome to inform on a project if you like Thomas, but please do so in a new post so that we don't make to large threads and have a way of keeping to one project at a time.
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    Jul 30 2011: Has everyone gotten the message?
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    Jul 30 2011: I'd like to promote Amnesty International for their work toward fulfilling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, visit to learn more.
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    Jul 30 2011: I want to promote the World Food Programee, It's (as far as I know) the best choice for ending hunger in the world! Visit and watch the TED Talk
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    Jul 28 2011: Jimmy, how about an information system that shows the progress of all our efforts so that many of us can contribute in the part of our solutions that needs more focus.

    Efforts in what I call our solution strategies to solve our problems in all fronts: (1) Put out crises and avoid devastating risks (2) leaders formulate and implement a just political and economic system (3) leaders transform our industries (4) we the people participate and make our governments work and (5) we directly participate in our individual or collective capacities in transforming our world.

    Since the belief systems are somewhat discussed here, here are my thoughts:

    The essence of the belief system that I have grown into and the NDE which I would call the "anomaly" of all belief systems (belief systems being only based on "faith") and non-theist convictions (the anomaly of scientific evidence of higher dimensions) has so far shown me our fundamental unity.

    This what I call "universal perspective" has given me consistencies and meaning to any TED talk, news or any information that I have encountered so far.

    This is the basis of my intuition that we can transform our world, if we all keep an open mind to understand and an open heart to care, and translate all these into concrete actions.
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    Jul 27 2011: I'd like to promote Rotary they do a lot of good, near you and world-wide!
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      Jul 27 2011: Great, guess we need to promote freemasonry too?
      Or are those guys still too shy ;-)
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        Jul 29 2011: I'm not really sure of how to interpret that Christophe... I haven't checked Rotary that thorough but it seems like a really big, world-wide, good-doing organisation...
        Do you have any critique that you'd like to share?
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          Jul 30 2011: Hi Jimmy
          I know a bit of Rotary.

          Club of a elite to middle class...... Lot of meeting with eating in good hotels, business deals done....lot of politics on next president of the club or Governor of DIstrict (in Rotary Term)....
          all these named as "FELLOWSHIP"

          Long list absentism in regular Club Meetings ...... failed project due to lack of commitment..... Plan which exotic location can be choosen for next annual convention....... from where can get that money ....... well rich member aspiring to be president or governor will arrange.....

          A slight bit of social work with lot of media propaganda
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        Jul 30 2011: Thanks Salim, those type of comments and responses were what I was seeking with this conversation!
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    Jul 25 2011: Hi Jimmy
    The biggest change in the world for change every thing is be what man must to be.
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      Jul 26 2011: Hi Mojtaba,
      I know this... that is not what this conversation is supposed to be about, I'm looking for projects, big ones... Companies, NGO's, UN and so on...
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        Jul 28 2011: Jimmy, the UN can push our solution strategies, together with key nations and NGOs of course. Our scientific knowledge today is enough to take care of everybody but the power of our hearts to care seems lacking and I say it does not have to be. We have the power to transform our world.
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    Jul 23 2011: I just want to share an example of a big project and that is the eradication of Polio, visit
    or watch the Talk from TED 2011
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    Jul 23 2011: I'm participating in the JR ted-wish project.

    Or is that a small change?

    Other than that: TEDx is the project I truly wish to promote: Bringing broad-scale enlightenment in the world!
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      Jul 23 2011: That is indeed no small change Christophe (according to me), I'm going to take a closer look at insideout and see if and how it could be implemented here.

      Concerning the TEDx, I think I'm going to start planning my own after I've been to yours ;)
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        Jul 27 2011: I asked permission to the city
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        Jul 27 2011: Sure Birdia, though I limit the faces to range between 0 and 26 year old (As I fill in the project as part of Antwerp being European youth capital this year)... But I guess you look young enough to pass the youth test.
        Send me an email so we can arrange it.