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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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  • Mar 2 2011: After hearing a TEDx talk in Austin by fireman and author, Rip Esselstyn, last year, I immediately became a vegan. This was a huge change for me. Before then l ate a typical American diet which included lots of sugar, meat, All that changed after hearing his talk.

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