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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 27 2011: Chris,

    Your talk on “Crowd Accelerated Innovation” inspired us to think big about how sharing videos can be used to slingshot good ideas into mainstream culture.

    So we created innovideo.tv, a curated gallery of videos about innovative ideas.

    Assuming that only half of the people who have gone to the “Charlie bit my finger – again!” video on YouTube (http://goo.gl/8jviM) watched all 59 seconds, then humanity has spent 253 years watching that one video.

    Imagine the change we can create if we harness that power to share innovation in video format.

    Thank you for inspiring us with your talk, Chris. We hope that innovideo.tv can continue working with the crowd to shine light on ideas and create desire to do good.

    Cheers,

    -the Innovideo team

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