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Lior Zoref

Crowdsourcing advocate, @liorz


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Do you use crowd wisdom to think? Be part of creating the first ever crowd sourced TED talk

I'm about to speak at TED 2012 and present the first ever crowd-sourced TED talk :-)
I'm inviting you to be part of this process and create together my presentation.
Before asking for your help, here's my main idea:
Wisdom of Crowds theory exists for many years. The theory states that the collective wisdom of big crowds is smarter than experts as we solve problems or make decisions.
Until recently, the use of the wisdom of crowds was possible primarily for organizations that have invested resources in developing technological solutions that transformed crowd wisdom into products such as Wikipedia.
This means that anyone with enough social network friends can ask questions that will require them to think. The collective wisdom from all the answers is probably the smartest thing to do.
There are already a few people who are using this method. By doing so, they upgrade their ability to think and make decisions significantly.
That's it…
I'm creating my TED talk using crowd wisdom, your wisdom. It will be the first ever crowd sourced TED talk.
I hope that you'll join me in this journey and take part of this process.
I'm looking for exceptional individuals (not organizations) who are using their own social network profile in order to get crowd wisdom in a way that improves their personal or professional lives significantly.
I'll share their stories in my TED talk :-)
Here are a few areas of interest – musicians, educators, designers, spiritual leaders, marketing experts, people looking for relationships etc.
In addition, if you have interesting stories or ideas that might add value to this topic, I'll be happy if you share them with me.
You can join my journey and get more information at my blog http://liorz.co.il/blog
Looking forward to read your insights.
Thank you.


Closing Statement from Lior Zoref

Thank you for the amazing insights and feedback.

You can read the text of my talk here - http://www.ted.com/conversations/8326/the_first_ever_crowd_sourced_t.html

Thank you so much.

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  • Nov 30 2011: I struggle with the knowledge of crowed wisdom, I try to use it by having a blog and trying to to the right thing, and send the right comments over twitter and Facebook. But I am kind of lost throughout the media. I realize just a small group gets to use this media which means a leader emerge and someone follows when no one follows it does not work. I think their a lot of people who can use their position which they have to send out amazing messages, but this is up to them to realize their power. The only thing ones happened what gave me a great sence of fulfillment and being heard is when I send a e mail to a person a famous person who I know has a lot of friends, about a dog that was put in a museum to starve to death as art and people watched it die. An this person contacted me to thank me and that he send it to all his friends and wanted to offer me one of his art pieces as a thank you. That was an incredible feeling of accomplishment. I do hope some of the little people will get the change to be heard as well I think everybody has a great idea even the ones that don't know this yet. Maybe they are not influenced by the right people yet.
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      Dec 3 2011: Hi Christianne,
      In my view, no one is 'little people'.
      The internet gives us access to unlimited high-quality knowledge. This is for example what is TED all about...
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      Dec 3 2011: "Crowd wisdom" to me implies going to those in the "know". And the first person who has to be in the know is you. As someone once said, "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything". Who today believes everything they hear, or read? I don't know how old you are Christianne, but I get the impression you are still very young. Once you stand up for something, and have defined who you are and what you stand for, then I think you will see "crowd wisdom" in a different light..... as a very essential resource.....both to the giver and the taker. We are all in this together. After all, it is "crowd WISDOM", not "crowd INFORMATION" or "crowd OPINION".

      "If wisdom's ways you wisely seek, five things observe with care. TO whom you speak, OF whom you speak, and HOW, and WHEN and WHERE"

      (from Little House on the Prairie Book Series)

      Technology is great, but I feel you have to know the people who are providing you with the wisdom (information, direction) you're asking.......I have to stop talking, or I can write forever.

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