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Lara Stein

TED Licensing Director,

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How do we capture the collective wisdom and engage the global TEDx communities?

There have been over 1400 TEDx events globally. Each of these TEDx events are nurturing incredible local communities. These communities value education and the power of ideas to change the world. How do we connect these communities and share their collective wisdom?

How do we help these communities take action, both locally and globally?

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    Feb 11 2011: The question "How do we help these communities take action, both locally and globally?" leads to the question "Are the TEDx Events about just sharing ideas or are they also about making ideas happen?" I believe that it has to be about both and a way to do this is for TEDx Organizers to partner with other community groups that are focused on specific issues.

    To help TEDx Organizers do this TED could publish case studies of how this has been done and share best practices. The risk exists that some partner organizations may wish to take over the TEDx event and not understand the roles and responsibilities of the parties.

    Another idea that could be used to connect Organizers would be to have global TEDx days like TEDxYouth on specific issues that are important to many groups. This would create an opportunity for collaboration and from those connections action would happen.

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