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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 24 2011: There are so many ways that TED talks have impacted me, I'm not even sure where to begin. I teach ESL to adults in Israel. As part of their learning, they are often assigned a talk to listen to and we sometimes use them in class. One day I assigned one of my student's Shimon Schocken talk about biking with juvenile delinquents here. Of course, being a cyclist himself, he knew him and he cycles with him, and he even arranged for me to meet him, as I told him he is one of my local heros. The William Ury one about another way of looking at peace is the middle east is another fabulous learning piece for my students and always leads to great conversation and pretty decent language, as they speak emotionally and aren't focused on rules. Lots of other student stories as well. Personally, both Brene Brown's and Hedy Schleifer's talks took me to some very cool and introspective places-as a middle aged single woman living alone in a very strange culture and country. I watch both of them when I need a lift or a gentle reminder about what is important in life.
    TED just rocks my world. Some days I get home so late I am just plain too tired to feed my body-but never too tired to have my daily TED dose and feed my soul. Thanks you guys-keep them coming.

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