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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 28 2011: I am different in so many ways. I think more purposefully. I act more compassionately. I feel more globally connected. I see more between the lines. I take action more often. I also have many more friends who care enough about people and the planet to take action toward compassionate change. When something challenging comes up or if I have to be in a situation that's a bit out of my element I'll search TEDTalks to see what has been presented here. TEDTalks and TEDActive have provided a platform that has helped me become more whole. EVERY single talk and person I've met through TED has added something meaningful to my life. While I don't always agree with the message, I treasure the person delivering it. Thank you Chris, thank you so much for expanding TED beyond what it was so it could find a way into our lives.

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