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Chris Anderson

Curator, TED


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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 24 2011: TED talks have an impact on me every day. And through me, both personally and on social media, hundreds of others are likewise touched.

    I've watched all or parts of more than 200 talks. Each one has offered something special: sparked a thought, generated an action, touched an emotion, initiated a thought process, inspired, amused, entertained, charmed, challenged... the list goes on...

    Some of my favourites (for a diversity of reasons) are:

    All of those by:

    Aimee Mullins
    Jacqueline Novogratz
    Eve Ensler
    Hans Rosling

    Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids
    Researcher Storyteller Brene Brown Tells Story About Connection
    Cindy Gallop: Make Love Not Porn
    Deborah Scranton On Her "War Tapes"
    Eddi Reader On "What You've Got"
    Elizabeth Gilbert On Nurturing Creativity
    Elizabeth Pisani Speaks on AIDS Research
    Helen Fisher On Love
    Isabel Allende Tells Tales of Passion In A Riveting TED Talk
    Iyeko Performs At TEDxAtlantic
    Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world
    Jessica Jackley on Poverty, Money...and Love
    Jill Sobule Sings To Al Gore
    Julia Sweeney On Letting Go Of God
    Julia Sweeney, Comic Actor, on the Facts of Life
    Karen Armstrong On The Charter of Compassion
    Jewish Author Lesley Hazelton Reads The Quran Slowly
    Liza Donnelly on How Humor Can Empower Women
    Mena Trott On Blogs
    Natalie Merchant Sings From Her New Album
    Natasha Tsakos Is WOW! In "Upwake"
    Rachel Sussman Shows Photographs Of The World's Oldest Life Forms
    Roz Savage: Why I'm rowing across the Pacific
    Sarah Jones As A One-Woman Global Village
    Sheena Matheiken on The Uniform Project
    Sheryl Sandberg on Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders
    Stacey Kramer on How Terrifying News Became a Priceless Gift
    Sue Gardner on The People's Encyclopedia
    Suheir Hammad Performs Poems of War, Peace, Women & Power
    Sunitha Krishnan’s Fight Against Sex Slavery
    Taryn Simon Photographs Secret Sites
    Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds
    Women’s Advocate Zainab Salbi Talks Women, War, and Peace


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