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Xavier Belvemont


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'TEDfriend/colleague finder' - Your opinion required.

As a long standing member/follower of the TED world, I've seen dozens of great ideas put forth each month, both by its speakers and the users of this forum.
However, this raises an issue..
Many of the ideas never see the light of day or eventually fail to take off, not because of any impassible reason, rather due to several slight issues that I will explain further on..

Another issue is that many of us appear to be isolated from fellow TED-like equals; Alot of us unable to find friends, colleagues, partnerships and groups of people who share our ideals and ambitions within our local regions, Leaving most of us restricted to this site (for example) where our connections are usually limited to brief conversations with like-minded individuals..but located impractical distances away; Not an ideal situation for those who require others to put their 'ideas worth spreading' into action.

For this I came up with a potential solution.
A dating-style website, but focused on finding like minded individuals within your local region, whether it be for :
Making friends who share your ideals
Forming think-groups
Entrepreneur groups to help form and progress a business venture
Support groups
Political groups
etc etc.

As stated earlier, a key issue as to why many great ideas never get off the ground is due to the lack of help and/or
Available support
People with similar goals, enthusiasm
or Partnerships
that are required to get things moving, therefore having like minded people who can provide such help and interest will significantly improve the chance of success in the areas that matter AND will also allow the help to extend in both directions.

This would certainly require some TED promotions to provide enough 'friend seekers' to make it viable, but I would be more than willing to setup an appropriate site or allow others to do so that would fulfill this requirement.
Afterall, how valuble is an idea that can't be put into practice?..



Closing Statement from Xavier Belvemont

Now that we've received enough of a response (almost all constructive and positive), we will soon present our idea to TED officially and see if we can make this idea worth spreading, become a reality.
Thankyou to everyone for your comments and interest.

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  • Feb 15 2012: its great to hear this idea phrased this way Xavier, but even greater to read your replies and the way you are thinking about it. i've been thinking in this direction for several weeks now, but i'm more interested in the mechanism of idea sharing and interaction.

    i thought i could form a network of like minded people by a direct referral chain.
    i'm discussing a thinking workshop with a couple of friends of mine, asking each of them to think of two interesting like minded friends to invite.

    the way you are thinking is obviously way more capacious. i can imagine the profile i'd design for myself, the thinking groups i might join and the and the criteria i'd search for in people. i'm thinking of how would the "advanced search" form look like.

    a great idea is in labor i see, i cant wait.

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