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Debra Smith


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Do TED men set the new standard for 'real men'? Which TED men do you admire and why?

I have discovered that most of the men I truly admire at this time in history are TED men.

Perhaps it is just that TED shows me that there are great men out in the world doing great things not just for their own small spheres but for all of us around the world in so many different fields of endeavour.

After watching Phil Zimbaro's talk on the demise of guys, I started to think of the role of men in today's world and how truly complicated it is. As the mother of 4 sons and as a woman who has fought hard for a better place for women in our world, I have begun to realize that perhaps men need from us what we needed from men- a bit of acknowledgement when we are working hard, trying to make things better and facing tough odds with courage.

So I am asking you: Please share which TED men you admire. Please choose from TED talks, TED staff and TED conversations.
Why do you admire them? (Its OK if you think that they happen to be attractive too!)

If you happen to have a personal definition of what a 'real man' or a 'good man' is to you, I would be fascinated to read it.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not limited to women but the invitation includes the whole
TED community.


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    Sep 20 2011: This is taken directly from another TED question posed by Wayne Roberts which asks What was your Eureka moment?
    In case anyone has not made a point of going to that question I want to share the response of one young man named CHRIS RYAN.

    " I was on my second tour in Iraq. In the same week, my girlfriend dumped me, my parents told me they were divorcing, my grandmother had a stroke, and I was told we were coming back to Iraq again 12 months after the end of the current rotation. My mind, body, and soul took such a beating, but somehow I was able to keep moving forward. It was after being completed decimated on all fronts, that I discovered the true potential of the human spirit."

    All I could respond to this young man that I admire so much for his courage and human spirit is WOW!

    I absolutely repeat my assertion that most of the men that I admire at this time in history are TED men.

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