Ten Ideas from TED

Click HERE to view a video and watch the short video about the T.E.D. 2010 Conference. Essentially this conference is a venue for individuals to share their ideas on improving society. It’s pretty interesting. Here’s my question: Which of TED’s 10 top ideas (listed in the article) do you like most and least and why?

7 responses to “Ten Ideas from TED”

  1. Rosalinda Martinez says:

    I can’t believe I’d never heard of T.E.D., but after reading that article it is pretty exciting to know it’s out there. My interest was continually piqued after reading each of the big ten ideas.

    To pick a least favorite I suppose I would choose the “Save the world through games” idea simply because I have never enjoyed video games in the least. However, I do see their value so I am not knocking McGonigal’s idea at all. I even remember some time ago hearing about a man that saved another person’s life with first aid skills learned through some Halo or Medal of Honor type game.

    I am torn between “We can end slavery” and “The ukulele can stop war” for my top choice. I worked for Refuge in the UK so I’ve seen slavery and indentured servitude first hand and it is definitely a cause that needs to be brought to the front of the line. However, I was also impressed by Shimabukuro’s likening his ukulele to an “instrument of peace” because it would not have been what first came to mind if someone asked me to pick out an instrument of peace. That comment and hearing him play for a moment on the video made me smile and curiosity is sometimes a stronger deciding factor.

  2. Brianne Coffey says:

    I am very interested inTED’s dedication to “ideas worth spreading”and I wonder what will develop from the ideas…If anything at all.

    My favorite idea is that of leading expert on modern-day slavery and founder of Free the Slaves, Kevin Bales. I have been a supporter of Free the Slaves and I agree with him that “awareness and action could end slavery” or at least curtail it.

    The idea that I disliked the most would have to be “Save the world through games.” I am not sure how this is possible since being part of the world requires you to interact with others; playing video games diminishes your people skills.

  3. Josh Klute says:

    I found the TED very interesting and especially the top 10 ideas that was written in the article.

    My favorite was, “Moral ideas are right or wrong, not both” just believe in what writer Sam Harris’ critic about organized religion. That one just really stood out to me the most, of course there is some flaws to it but the moral ideas of only being right or wrong and not both depending on circumstances to me was most intriguing.

    The least favorite for the list was “Save the world through games.” Even though I enjoy video games myself I don’t believe playing online games can help people improve in the real world. A video game is a video game and the real world is life. Life is tough and nor will it ever be as easy as a video game. In life you can cheat just like in a video game but you don’t benefit by it in the least. In a video game, who truly cares. I agree with a comment above the playing video games diminishes people’s communication and people’s skills. It is alright to indulge every once in a while but there are teenagers who do it 4+ hours a day which to me, is ridiculous. READ A BOOK! I just think that the concept is preposterous that more video games will help “save the world.” I just really didn’t like this one.

  4. Alex Fricke says:

    This was a very interesting article. I would have to say my favorite topic was the one titled “Every eight days, the toll of a Haiti earthquake” because yes right now everyone is focusing on the toll that the earthquake in Haiti has taken. But after a while people will stop seeing a lot about it. It’s not all about Haiti, it’s about suffering all over the world and it happens in more places other than Haiti. The statistic that TED brought up is startling to think that every eight days children die from PREVENTABLE causes totaling in the number of victims from the earthquake in Haiti. The part that hurts is that they are preventable causes. So I like that this problem is being brought up and now it can be recognized and we can all help fix it.

    My least favorite topic is the saving the world through games one because most of all I think that online internet gaming gets too addictive. And then it starts to take away from people’s actual lives, my roommate is completely addicted to it. I can see how it could help, but I don’t like the whole idea of online games.

  5. Carena Fassbender says:

    This article was really interesting. I didn’t know that they had anything like the TED out there and its really interesting to read about theses ideas.

    It is hard to pick a favorite because there are several that interest me but one that stands out is the “What we eat is really our chemotherapy three times a day” article because it talks about something we have control over, in most situations, food. I love the thought that we can help prevent cancer, not just treat it, with food. If this is true, it should be publicized better.

    My least favorite, along with everyone else’s, is “save the world through games” but not because I don’t like the idea or where she is coming from. I just don’t think I should support anything that says people need to play more online games. If more was said about changing the games that are being played to be more realistic that would be a good idea. I personally don’t want to learn about how to save the world online but if I had a friend addicted to games I’d rather they be playing saving the world games over violent games.

  6. Andrea M says:

    I’d have to have to say that my favorite idea is “$60K a year can make you happy”, because I think money is a huge issue in America. So atleast this would be a good idea for us…. people would be alot happier because they would not be worrying about having enough money to stay out of poverty and on the other hand they would not have an over abundance; so much that they didn’t know what to do with it. Spreading money out evenly would give everyone the same quality of life!

    My least favorite idea is probably ‘save the world through games”… although it is a great idea to try and incorporate real life situations into games; why don’t we just stop playing so many games and work on real world problems in the real world?!

  7. Amelia Ortiz says:

    My favorite idea from TED would have to be STOP POLITICIANS FROM DOING STUPID THINGS THAT SPREAD HIV because drug abuse is a rampant issue in our society that at some point must be addressed in another way. Obviously the programs that are out there now are not working because there is no decrease in the amount drug abusers contracting HIV in our country. Drug abuse hits home to me because many people I know have had serious drug addictions, and it is a disease that does not care about race, social class, or level of education. This idea definitely is a slippery slope becauseI can see how some would view this as enabling people to continue to use but the more pressing issue is the reality they are going to share needles and there has to be some kind of preventative measures taken. The concern here is to find ways to stop spreading the disease and not make a horrible situation worse with someone contracting a terminal disease.
    I found the ukulele idea the least appealing because I do not see the correlation. It is a cute idea but in my opinion not realistic.

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