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Jeff Smith:
Lessons in business ... from prison

TED@New York · 5:00 · Filmed Jun 2012
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Jeff Smith: Lessons in business ... from prison
5:00 · Filmed June 2012 at TED@New York · Subtitles available in 31 languages

Jeff Smith spent a year in prison. But what he discovered inside wasn’t what he expected — he saw in his fellow inmates boundless ingenuity and business savvy. He asks: Why don't we tap this entrepreneurial potential to help ex-prisoners contribute to society once they're back outside? (From the TED Talent Search event TED@NewYork.)

Recovering politician
Once an up-and-coming star in the Missouri State Senate, Jeff Smith went to prison for covering up an election law violation. Since his release, he's created a new space for himself as a professor, writer, political commentator and advocate for those he was locked up with. Full bio
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