Juan Jimenez


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Prioritizing world wide needs today for immediate action.

Some people say that when everything is a priority, important or urgent, nothing is; further more, people say that when everyone is responsible no one takes responsibility... I do not believe this to be entirely true but cannot deny behaviors that prove this in present time. We've seen countless talks about some pressing matters such as: climate change, oceans dying, world hunger/poverty, peace, education system gaps, etc... Although all of them are truly important and must be addressed; I would like to lay down for discussion the possibility of prioritizing time and funds towards matters that if not addressed quickly will represent an inescapable fate for humankind. EG. If the oceans die and climate change continues to head in the direction that has being headed for the last decades there wont be much need for a change in education system changes, because human life may not be present. Would it be possible to gather all funds, all organizations, all master minds and focus at least 80% of their time and resources to the 20% of topics that will have a greater impact towards the planet and human life/behavior? Not stopping all the remaining great discoveries, innovations, work, etc... just pausing it or slowing its pace to allow a greater and faster resolution on the key humanity topics in which regardless of your beliefs, faith, politics, race, country, etc... we all are responsible for.

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    Aug 10 2011: For a perfect fit and resource for your debate please see the following TED talk by Bjorn Lomberg:

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      Aug 11 2011: Thank you this talk is very fitting, I like this scheme of prioritizing in regards some sort of ROI... On the other hand there are some thoughts such as the time it was filmed, the evolution of these problems over the pas 3-4 years, and more importantly as Bjorn mentions is the solutions, prioritizing these solutions... In this regard there are some matters that are known how to be done, cost and the ROI that they have, it is true that economists give a unique perspective but maybe financial retribution is not how the ROI should be measured... how can we unite all the volunteers (or the vast majority) to action upon the same topic at a time world wide? Can we build a non profit organization that allows to lead these efforts and resources? Can the UN participate more actively without stumbling upon political barriers? What are your thoughts in search for immediate action? Best regards!
  • Aug 10 2011: Peace
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      Aug 11 2011: Thank you, any thoughts on how to tackle these topics in a more uniform effort?
      • Aug 11 2011: Peace.
        You have lost it even you have won the war. Please debate on any issue. Otherwise, It will teach you culture of having weapon and finding solution thru war. It will continue killing as long as culture remains. It is not easy to overcome this cutlure, not it please.

        Increase resource of WFP and its partner organization.

        Support Entrepreneurship and Small business which come up with new ideas which creates forward and backward economic activities.
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          Aug 11 2011: Thanks a lot for your contribution Shokrullah, I truly agree that peace is a way of life, not just a state of war. How do you think we can better contribute and expand efforts such as September 21st like a world wide peace day? I'd love to read more on your take on debate for conflict resolution, how can we migrate current wars and violence to debate? Thanks again, best regards!
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    Aug 11 2011: Juan, how about the simultaneous implementatin of our soulution strategies, this could be the last decade to do it?

    (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.
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      Aug 11 2011: Joe thank you for your input, I like this simultaneous approach and completely agree that we must act now, as you say this may be the last decade we have to shift the direction we are headed. Do you know about any organization, leader, company, country that has started anything similar so we can contribute and backup their work? If not have any ideas on how we can start developing and acting upon this plan? Cheers!
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        Aug 11 2011: Juan, that is amazing! that is also my constant question. http://bit.ly/SolutionStrategies

        Key nations today are providing for the stability and security of our world. Apparently the leaders know more about these stuff but the news around us and around the world are the clear indicators. We hope that they are all sincerely working for win-win solutions.

        There seems to be two approaches. First is to transform our personal world and then expand it into our world. That's one of the mission of TED. Spread worthy ideas that transform our mind to understand more about our world and expand our heart to care more for each other. http://bit.ly/IgnitePassion

        The second approach, as you suggested, is to identify leaders, companies and NGOs that we back up - un.org, weforum.org, 350.org, globalissues.org, nauru, tuvalu ('sinking' nations) to name a few. This is one of the project that I wish to do. Maybe you can help me with it.
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          Aug 11 2011: Joe thanks for sharing this wonderful resources, I bookmarked your blog as it shows remarkable work and it will take me some time to fill in on all the valuable information. On the other hand, I agree with both approaches personally. I think we have to start with the first and be the change we want to see in the world, as Gandhi said before; at the same time I also believe we can be agents of change on larger scale taking advantage of current platforms such as TED or the internet and unit now in a more tangible way. Finally how can I contribute with your project and help?
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        Aug 12 2011: Juan, thank you for your willingness to help. Let me rephrase my invitation: I would ask that you and I, and perhaps with other TEdsters too who are interested, start a collaboration to identify leaders, institutions and infrastructures which are in the forefront of solving the biggest problem we face today and invite, motivate or rally many people to contribute their time, effort or money to these leaders and institutions.

        It's presumptous of course that the two of us have all the answers but the venture would be to find ways to connect with our brothers and sisters of this planet by having, for example, a dialog of perceptions so that we converge it to one universal perception and give us enough motivation to help each other in many ways we can think of.

        TED conversations is a great start to make a collaborative conversation and test our ideas. What do you thik so far?
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          Aug 12 2011: Joe I think this is brilliant! Count me in, I truly believe that TED Conversations is great platform to gather more people and ideas. I'm sure we can make something happen with more TED people. I

          I'm relatively new to the site, do you know if any of the current TED blogs, conversations, projects, etc... contain any work related to what we are trying to accomplish?

          Thank you for your active participation again, I´m currently in Spain so my guess is that we are apart by a 6-8 hour difference to keep in mind in our conversations. How do you propose we can take this to the next level?

          Best regards!
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    Aug 13 2011: Juan, let me bring up our conversation.

    As I understand the current collaborative undertaking of TED is the TED Prize and TED Fellows programs and we can support these in many ways. Indirectly there are other collaborations and partnerships with many important people, foundations, and other institutions.

    Locally we can organize TEDx events with talks that can benefit our community or see what our community can contribute into the world.

    TED conversations is one of the newest initiative and currently there are no strict structures except for usual rules of etiquette and legalities. TED in general is open source except perhaps in certain cases that affects its revenue stream.

    Informally, in a conversation, Fellow Tedsters have proposed TEDx virtual and perhaps TEDx live chat but within TEDsters we can pretty much avail of the infrastructures that are available. http://www.ted.com/conversations/4754/who_would_you_nominate_among_t.html

    What I see as the general approach of TED (aside from TEDfellow and TEDprize) is to spread worthy ideas to many people as possible and it is up to the TEDsters to collaborate, synergize or actualize these ideas. TED of course is not the only force involved in transforming our world. There are other imporat institutions and my hope for TED is it will continue to grow and expand and work for convergence and ignite all the levels of our society.

    My aim and vision of course is too great that sometimes just thinkig about it can comfort me, although of course such thinking is useless. I do believe however that I'm not alone and it's perhaps our mission to converge these great desire and make something great about it.

    So maybe the question now is what can we really do? What would be the main goals that this information system will achieve? What are the aspects of collaboration that is short-rewarding as well as long-term, motivating, can be easily duplicated and could integrated to our daily routines?
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      Aug 13 2011: Recently we can feel and see that there is a great level of consciousness in the world, dare to say that if experts could some how measure this, we will show that today we have the greatest % of consciousness that humanity ever experienced. Further more there are far more people taking action in the world, people that embrace this consciousness and try to do something about it, people that understand the little things matter, people that every day wake up to make a difference and ensure there are shiny eyes around them.

      Also I believe in many things that some people see as Utopia, I truly belive that we can accomplish everything, I am aware that some of the things we start on motion will not reflect until after I'm gone and that the only ROI that I'll receive is the satisfaction of knowing I was part of something beyond my self. And there are more people that can relate to that, as we see many talks that contain similar words as "the satisfaction of being part of something bigger than your self"...

      One goal should be uniting efforts, as you say that converging point for action. I think that taking advantage of TEDx, TEDxVirtual (yes I'am assuming its success) and TED conversations to take TED in general to greater scope, I still meet wonderful people that has not come across the website yet. There are millions of people conscious and eager to take action but have no idea on how to do it... Believe this is a place were we can find some answers and motivation.

      Honesty is something that we all appreciate. If we approach people, ONG's, companies, et... offering to be part of this and explain there is no money, no other ROI than knowing they are making the world a better place, no immediate or tangible results; we may not have as many people join from the get go, but we will have the correct people for sure.

      Christophe Cop started an organization called IdeasWE (Ideas Worth Executing) maybe he can provide direction on how we should proceed.

      Whats on your mind?
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        Aug 13 2011: We can "directly" engage fellow Tedsters thru the TED email system and I know Chris Cop is one of the great TEDsters. Fellow tedsters of course are invited to contribute their ideas. Anyone?

        I'm thinking of some kind of dynamic and collaborative idea structure where we can isolate ideas that we agree and ideas that can branch to other areas or ideas that needs 'converging'. Some website or google docs, or windows live docs we can use.

        For example, the goal and the need we want to address in this project is a clear information system or identification of leaders or NGOs that we want to support with the criteria that this NGO will bring the most effective impact with the most efficient use of available resources today .

        Your perception is there are millions of people conscious and eager to take action so with this group of people, identifying the best NGOs is all they need. For example we can re-orient the TED prize winner's NGOs, make it more visible and support them.

        The categories of resources that we can contribute are like money cards (easy to whip up your card and donate), time - local volunteer work (TEDx, community activities), converging perceptions (TED conversations), click support (membership in various NGOs).

        The motivation can be designed into the portal like: how do you want to help your world today? First suggestion, ignite your passion, then based on some key inputs we can bring out inspiring videos that is suited to this individual. Personal needs? This is where fellow TEdsters are excellent, you post one personal problem and they can give you all the varied advice that you can use. Then passion iginited? check, (heart and mind inginited), What do you want to contribute and in what causes? We then suggest the most important issues, flash vidoes, MDG videos, etc.

        Goals and impact calculators. If Tedsters donated time or money in x amount, what would be the impact? Not exact impact but the vision of impact we can be motivated to hope upon?

        Just rough ideas.
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    Aug 13 2011: I like the shape this is taking, specially your suggestion on a system that allows us to tailor people and causes... If we can present new and eager people to existing causes and organizations that fit their profile it would be a more efficient set up all together!

    Can we use any of TED's features to create this? I think it would be wise to keep it as close to TED as possible, this way we have access to countless knowledge from talks and the amazing TEDsters that are already contributing in so many different ways... I'm interested in knowing if we can take full responsibility and help them managing such resources, in a way we can redirect people to the cause they find more fitting and also help people assessing which could be the potential area in which they can contribute more and fill that sense of fulfillment.

    How can we direct people to this and other debates? How can I email or include another TEDster to a conversation/topic?

    I don't know if the calculator will have the impact we are looking for but I completely agree that if we can "show" the potential that "small" participation has, it would make a great impact!

    Joe, thank you! I was curious about what could happen by getting more actively involved with TED and you showed me a whole new perspective.
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      Aug 14 2011: For system that allows us to tailor people and causes, this idea would require an interactive web and we would have to develop the design and need to collaborate with some experts or perhaps jumpstart it.

      I'm not aware of any TED features to make this but it's something that TED can perhaps evolve to later. TED generally allow links to and from other websites as long as it's not too "self-promotional" so that means we can avail of the many resources outside TED. In my conversations so far, I usually encounter links that I never heard before and we can always search the internet, wikipedia and other directories. Our idea of course is to aggregate this links or search for sites that already doing it.

      TEd conversations is also a social network and the community profiles and search keys can direct us to certain areas of expertise. Inviting and motivating a fellow TEDster of course takes some kind of connection and we can learn as we go along.

      As I stated, we'll reference to a document that shows the progress of our ideas and we can make separate conversations on each idea that we wish to expand upon. When you click on the name of a fellow TEDster you can see the internal email system or we can go to their reference websites or profile and sometimes we can see their individual emails.

      What I suggest is to open a joint blog because we can list and link the NGOs that people can go to when we encounter people who simply want to help without so much explanation.