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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 26 2011: I tell people I meet that the Internet was invented just so that TED.com could exist. It is quite simply one of the most valuable websites that has ever been created.

    Has TED changed my behaviour?

    My initial reaction would be to say " No, not really...".

    But wait, TED constantly changes my mood, and like most TED devotees, that change of mood is invariably positive in nature - taking a cue from the Home Page - TED talks increase my fascination, my wonder, my enthusiasm, my inspiration and my understanding. Who knows where such mood-enhancement will lead, long-term?

    I just love the range of TED talks. From astrophysics to spaghetti sauce, from rats sniffing out landmines to the confessions of an advertising man, from mirror neurones to some of the best talks on marketing you could ever hear.

    Sir Ken Robinson has rightly come in for a lot of praise for his TED speech, which at this rate will soon overtake Shakespeare's Henry V's battle-cry at Agincort. But I believe that Sir Ken's speech is just the tip of a TED iceberg crammed full with insights and ideas. Go explore the whole pantheon of TED talks - it'll be worth the effort.

    So I'll finish as I started:

    TED. Why the Internet was invented.
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      Feb 26 2011: Very well said, I dont need to comment, your opinion on ted is very similiar. Although in addition to TED, youtube is why the internet is created.

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