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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 25 2011: Like others, Sir Ken Robinson's talk was the first TEDtalk I've been watched, but this is not my best influenced talk.

    As we know, TED have lots of talks about technology, social problems, and more 'heavy' problems around the world, but it have many emotionally inspired talks.
    Especially, Rives' talk does. His talks are sometimes ingenious, sometimes moving, and funny at all.
    Moreover, his talks sometimes moving emotionally without any translations! (I think one of this reason is that he is poet)

    ps. I'll be an associated webcast member at TED2011. I hope there will be a moment of inspiration, but I'm at South Korea, that means I'll watch the webcast at 4:00 am, as Rives said :)

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