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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 16 2011: This is in my view the single most important question asked so far. TED is making the same mistake that Amazon and so many others have, and is content to make money from putting butts in seats while perpetuating a stove pipe system of knowledge. TED is knowledge tourism, nothing more, at this point.

    What is needed--and TED certainly has the credibility to make it happen and I am available to bring to bear 20 years of thinking on this--is a World Brain Institute that sponsors the World Brain (grid) with a proliferation of Centers for Public Intelligence and networks focused in harmony on the ten high level threats to humanity, the twelve core policies, and t he eight demographics, using the five methods. All of this is laid out, free as is all my work, at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog.

    TED has not made the leap from finding and sharing cool new ideas to actually building and nurturing a constructive network such as you clearly envision is needed. I am in Oakton VA. Invite me up for a chat, I have to be up there anyway on the 8th of March for a playdate with Doug Rushkoff and Venessa Miemis, but sooner is better.

    This is not rocket science, it can be jump started for $15 million a year, I designed the $3 billion a year open source agency back before I realized the US Government is not at all interested in getting it right, just perpetuating the status quo Industrial Era stovepipes.

    Medard Gabel is in Media, Pennsylvania, for $2-3 million a year he already has the architecture and team ready to go to create the foundation of the digital EarthGame (he was co-creator with Buckminster Fuller of the analog World Game), sponsor him as the mentor senior scientist and Jane McGonical as the rising scientist and get out of the way.

    I know how to create global networks to re-integrate our world of fragmented knowledge. In a nutshell, all organizations have lost their integrity in a holistic sense, and a new form of integrative network is needed. Peace.
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      Mar 5 2011: Robert,

      Appreciating that you seem to have unique perspective, I think you are significantly off in your proclamation that "TED has not made the leap from finding and sharing cool new ideas to actually building and nurturing a constructive network such as you clearly envision is needed."

      TED has become a nexus of coordination for making ideas happen, not just sharing them. I have seen the power of the TED community in action and it is not as you describe. Check out the TED Prize and TED Fellows programs for direct evidence of this.
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      Mar 7 2011: Who do I write the $15M cheque out to?

      It is valid to criticize TED, everything can be improved. I think that organizations external to where real the money transacts like TED are only really great for inspiration. Meritocracy of ideas is a bit of an illusion. Worth Spreading? According to who? Who knows if your idea is about to save the world? Buckminster Fuller was a cool dude so if you are following in his footsteps I guess your heart is in the right place. For all our sakes, Good Luck!

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