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Chris Anderson

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Has a TED Talk ever influenced you? How?

We get beautiful feedback on how much people appreciate watching TED Talks. But as well as learning, has a talk ever actually changed your (or someone else's) behavior? Or led to something intriguing? I'm curious to get some stories about how an idea can have impact... big or small, significant or just funny. I may share a couple of the best at TED2011 next week.

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Closing Statement from Chris Anderson

Many thanks to all who answered. I found a lot of these responses really moving. My take away is that perhaps the biggest single impact of TED Talks is in expanding peoples' sense of possibility and thereby motivating them to get up and realize their potential.

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    Feb 23 2011: A TED talk changed my life. About five years ago I was doing an online search about Richard Dawkins when I found his TED talk. I then started watching other talks as they went online and a few years later became a TEDster myself for the first time in 2009.

    It may be a cliche, but it is still true: TED2009 blew my mind and when the pieces came together again they were aligned differently ... better! The experience was repeated in 2010 and I have high expectations for what will happen in a few days in 2011. I can honestly say that I lead a better life by thinking bigger and acting on ideas.

    TED does that to you, it gives you ideas and energizes you into taking action to make this world a better place.

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