TED Conversations

Linda Hesthag  Ellwein

Communications, Change, and Photography, Oikonomia, Inc.


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What makes a good conversation? What draws you in and engages you? Let's build TED-capacity by sharing what we're learning with each other.

Conversations are subjective. Some pull us in, others glaze us over. Truth is, they are are important to our lives. A conversation might be a footing to the foundation of a life-changing relationship, or leads us on a turn that changes our course. In order to strengthen our own conversation skills, and encourage others, can we discuss what works - and doesn't? What engages you enough to comment, or continue in the dialogue? What tips would you give others to help them be better conversationalists? What mistakes have you made? When do you get the most from a conversation?

It's often been said 'it's not what you say, but how you say it," how does this translate to online conversations for you? How can we make it easier for non-English speaking members?

Joining a TED conversation can sometimes be intimidating. For some, it takes courage and vulnerability. What can you say to encourage those sitting on the sidelines? Or to those who don't think they have the right thing to say? Do you read conversations but never comment? Why not? Has your world view ever changed, or paradigm shifted?

How about building TED-capacity by offering what you know, what you've learned, even what you struggle with to raise the bar for conversations and to be inclusive to those thinking about jumping in?


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    Nov 3 2011: What engages me? The things that I'm vested in or find vague or intriguing. One thing that constantly puzzles me, that I can never figure out, is bottlenecking in traffic. If everyone travels the same speed, or at least does 5 MPH over, shouldn't the line keep flowing at a constant rate?

    But to answer my own question, people get over to their exit, people forget where they're going and just lose track in the madness of rush-hour traffic.

    It's things like this that get my brain going. Things of, what will technology look like in 10 years? Will we be talking to our phones with more advancement than today's "Siri"? What will become of the US education system and it's "participants" in the future?

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