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Michelle Rosenthal

social worker, Dr Susan Smith McKinney Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

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How TED can spread great ideas even faster and even further?

TED is great. We all can see that but there are many ways to make TED even greater. I have many ideas on how TED can spread ideas quicker. What do you think about these ideas and what ideas do you have for TED to spread great ideas even quicker? Humanity is in desperate need to solve our problems quickly and TED can play an even greater part.

My ideas:
1) TED may seek to get part of their Live TED, TEDGlobal and TED MED conferences to be aired on the major TV networks or cable.

2) Ted can show entire TED Conferences Live as it occurs and allow millions and millions of more people around the world to pay an affordable price of approximately $20.00 to see the live event or the full video at a later date. The current price of $995 for 1 up to 10 viewers is too high. (TED will make much more money with the increased volume of viewers than they are currently with high price and less viewers.) Allow purchase or viewing of entire past TEDs.

3) The full TED Conferences should be free in its entirely for universities, schools and hospital facilities and nonprofit community organizations to show.

4) TEDxLiveSimulcast should be available for all the days of the TED conferences not just one day.

5) TED can establish a network TV show or cable TV Show for one hour per day or 2 hours per week where speakers may give original talks to educate the TV audience.

6) TED can try to get their TED events simulcasted in movie theaters throughout the world where people can purchase a ticket to see a 2 hour segment for the price of seeing a movie. If the person wants to stay to see more than one segment they can just purchase more tickets. Many theaters are multiplexes and can reserve one theater to show the entire TED Conference.

7) Many of the translation and captions are not correct and should be double-checked and corrected.


8) TEDxIndividual could be added where an individual may apply for a licence to use the TEDxIndividual Logo to give their own ted talk from home.

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  • Feb 23 2013: I think that the people that TED attracts are the type of people/troubleshooters which should be employed by government and industry for the purposes of think tanks and action plans to increase growth, lower liabilities, and generally overcome internal challenges, TED-TANK? sounds like a big solid teddybear huh?
  • Feb 18 2013: I enjoy this a great deal, but I am a nerd. Ted is discussed sometimes on NPR. Look at the Greater Audiences for conventional American tv than for PBS. There is a natural limit. Sad but true. Look at Myers-Briggs to see how things would really break down.
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    Feb 18 2013: Wow I found many answers to similar questions previously asked.

    http://www.ted.com/conversations/15307/what_one_feature_would_you_lov.html
    http://www.ted.com/conversations/2456/do_you_have_a_suggestion_for_t.html
    http://www.ted.com/conversations/1818/leave_one_idea_for_improving_t.html

    So I will add to my question: How can we all help TED Spread Ideas worth Spreading Even Faster? How do we implement the great ideas we hear about on TED even more effectively?
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      Feb 20 2013: Michelle, it seems you are an endless source of TED improvements and I assume you haven't even revealed the tip of the iceberg of your creativity yet ... :o)

      But unfortunately, the implementation of TED's and other great ideas remains the difficult part.

      Much of what we get to hear on this site appears to me as beautiful 'concept cars', all new and beautiful by their looks and sketched by talented and passionate designers. Yet after 'reality check' of those concepts within 'the company', most of us get to buy only the ordinary models at our 'real life' car dealers... :o)

      I assume, that since the beginning of civilization, there has never been a lack of good and better ideas than the ordinary ones in charge, so one could ask, why 'we' didn't manage to implement them? Here, I am afraid, we enter the vast fields of political and economical interests, which are reason why we still have the ordinary... :o) So if you have a working idea how to bypass this current and static 'model' of this world and make it evolve as a whole instead, I would love to hear about it... :o)
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        Feb 20 2013: I was wondering if you can look at it like this. What is ordinary today was outstanding in the past. What is 'concept car' today will be 'real car' in future. It's a time perspective really. Companies will be better off by appreciating this.
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    Feb 17 2013: Continued
    9) All TEDX Events can be made available to be viewed online after the event.

    10) TEDXCafes can be opened in various cities where people can have an open mike to to give a TEDx Talk if they agree to follow the TED guidelines.

    11) TED can organize TEDUN: GLOBALWORLDLEADERS where world leaders of nations cam be invited to speak on how they plan to lead in positive directions to reduce war, reduce conflict and increase sustainability in their nation.

    12) Make it easier for TEDX organizers from around the world to borrow TED in A Box equipment to organize their TEDX. They can offer a valid credit card with authorization to charge for the TED in A Box if the Box was not returned within a short time after their event is finished. Sell TEDx in A Box equipment at affordable prices for people to be able to keep their box for future events.

    13) Allow people to plan to organize more than one event at a time.

    14) Allow people to be approved to organize events for 1 year or in cities, states or countries other than the one they live in.

    15) Allow more TED Fellows to come and greatly reduce the fee to attend a TED Conference but allow many more participants to make up the revenue loss.

    16) Sell many TED Logo products in stores so people can become aware that TED even exists. So many people never even heard of TED yet.
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    Feb 17 2013: Continued
    17) It would be a great idea where people can a give virtual TED talk from their home to reduce the carbon footprint of speakers having to fly from around the world to give a talk.

    18) TEDFocus can be organized monthly where specific topics and subjects can be covered rather than general themes ie: Sustainability, Promoting Global Peace, Food, Compassion, Energy, Parenting, Technology, The Global Mind, Earth, Inc. Animal Rights, Farming for the Future.

    19) Tedx events can have more than just 100 people in the audience, at least up to 350 people.

    20) Organizers of Tedx events should be able to give at least one tedx talk of their own and be allowed to make a reasonable profit to organize the event.

    21) People could order individualized TED or TEDx Talk tapes or written trascripts

    22) The TED conferences can be extended longer enabling a doubling of ted talks

    23) TEDVirtual 365/24/7 Ted can organize new virtual talks 365 days per year, 7 days per week 24 hours per day.

    24) TED International one annual event can be held in a different nation each year.

    25) Ted AudienceSpeaksOut TED Conference Audience members may have lots to say. They should be given the opportunity to video their 18 minute TED Talk though a TED video booth in the lobby of TED Conferences where they can apply to have their own talk filmed and uploaded on the internet if they follow the format of TED Talks.

    26) TED does not encourage self promotion. Many people have great ideas but often do not mention the name of their company or how to get their product in their talk. Speakers should be able to inform the listeners how to get their products.

    27) TED Live Conversations, TED Debates, TEDThinkTank, TedQuestion and Answers, TED Roundtable

    28) Allow TEDCommunity members to register to connect with each other in virtual conferences to discuss specific topics at the same time over the internet and allow other people to listen in.

    29) Allow TEDMEDx to be organized as well.