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Joe Delsen


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Who would you nominate among the TED community to give a talk worth spreading? In a virtual TED conference?

In our interactions with our fellow TEDsters, there are those who can converse very succinctly and clearly their ideas and you can sense that they have a marvelous perspective that you wish to hear or learn more.

Personally, I know that I can go through their comments and conversations and learn about this great TEDster but considering how long and varied the conversations are, it's rather overwhelming.

So the idea is why not "TEDsterize" your perspective? - present it in a 15-minute talk and give the gist of your biggest ideas that you think that is worth spreading?

Take Julian Treasure for example who have somehow mastered the science of sound, silence and listening and see it as way to transform our world. He also presented his ideas in websites, blogs and enterprise. What would be your specialty, your expertise or passion that you see that can transform our world?

Organizing an event takes a lot of effort and although it's all worth it, can we have a virtual TED conference for example, live talk, live streaming, live audience or group of audience? How can we present the dynamics of a live conference in the digital world?

For those who have interacted with me so far and know the kind of ideas that I'm spreading, you know that I would nominate every single TEDster to give a talk with my firm belief and assumption of our own individual greatness and passion. You and I know that that's not possible right now so let me nominate 5 Tedsters as an example:

Colleen Steen
Thomas Jones
Krisztián Pintér
Salim Solaiman
Scott Armstrong

(Edit: You can also suggest what topic or what is your impression based on your interactions. Please exclude my name as this conversation would be self-promotional though that itself is presumptuous (:>))


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  • Aug 21 2011: This is incredibly exciting! Before I even got involve in doing TEDx, I was absorbed by how these great talks generate equally amazing dialogues, and are able spark new ideas and initiatives which I see is the ultimate goal. Unlike the one I’ve initially posted(http://www.ted.com/conversations/792/why_not_have_a_page_for_intere.html) which didn’t take off because of the fact that TEDx has been mentioned and it basically focuses on the local voices within the community. But then, we have utterly interesting group of people who give invaluable contributions in TED conversations. I’m certain we have the tools to bring the spotlight on them. I’m beginning to realize that this is one of the reasons why I started a TEDx in the first place. A lot more TEDsters I wish to nominate, first off..

    • Birdia Tak Wai Chan – Poetry as your IWS
    • Genevieve Tran –TED talks to ponder on
    • Jimmy Strobl – TED bringing wonder
    • Nic Marks – Bliss
    • Debra Smith – Cognitive styles
    • Linda Woodard -The Real Art of Teaching
    • Meher Like Spring Rabbit - Pursuit of knowledge
    • Nicholas Lukowiak - The young Ken Robinson
    • Muhammad Aizat Zainal Alam - Faith
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      Aug 28 2011: Hello there Jam, can we e-mail our fellow Tedsters and ask them about this challenge of giving a talk? In what ways do you think we can collaborate and put more great ideas into action?
      • Aug 28 2011: I believe there's a need to focus on a single group/goal to avoid redundancy. I am personally moved by most of the insights provided by active users of TED conversations. The opportunity to hear more from them is an incredibly unique idea. It shouldn't escape us though that other TEDsters may not be on the same wavelength because they may concentrate on different facets of this platform. Getting in touch with those who responded to this great idea and were thus nominated might be the first step for this to take shape.

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