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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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    Apr 1 2011: We must make the change the conversation and the collaboration paradigm, so that each contribution gradually leads toward a single solutions.

    The problem with forums is that the more contributors they get, the more confusing and hard to follow it is, which I believe is a contradiction, since "collective" implies the "many". And I believe in the power of many.

    But how can we really weight others views and suggestions and build on each other? There are so many comments that it's impossible to read them all and understand where the community is actually going.

    I suggest a different kind of interactivity on this website: instead of qualitative data (comments) only, each contribution should link to all the others that relate to it, in a sort of a surfable 3-dimensional web of contribution. Drill down (even visually, it helps) to see more contributions that address an issue in more detail (replies and direct comments), roll up to see aggregated data.

    Each contribution should be processed so to provide quantitative data also, even if just a simple "yes/no" on a topic, which in aggregated form would help sift through the different solutions provided.

    It's just an option, but I believe the solution is in this direction.

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