Does Ted dot com generate good ideas or is it WFMT hype?

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It started out listening to a WFMT radio show. I was driving and listening to this musician. He talked about some world travels to do music. The springboard was this website called Ted.

So I asked my self this question: What is Ted.com all about?

The easiest way to find out is to join for free. But I had to answer some interesting questions:

  • I’m passionate about
  • People don’t know that I’m good at
  • An idea worth spreading
  • Talk to me about
  • My TED story

The idea of a platform for ideas intrigued me. Here’s what they say about themselves:

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.”

Not as easy as it seems

I don’t know about you but I’m having difficulty. I can’t think of an idea worth spreading and I can’t come up with a Ted story. Perhaps I can get some clues from ideas I discussed with folks on email.

Let’s see now….

I was commenting on a complicated psychiatric case history with a friend. The case used many medications, over a course of several years – with no significant results:

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“I read XXX’s story and it was very interesting. But I also think traditional medicine made it worse, from all the drug side effects and interactions. It would have been better if she had a classical homeopath work with her from the beginning. Or an ancient herbal approach that uses a vital approach, such as Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Urani or Tibetan Medicine. Or even a Bach Flower remedy practitioner. Perhaps even a good course of therapy like Cognitive Behavioral. From my perspective, traditional medicine is best for emergencies (i.e. heart attack, terminal cancer,etc.) and their testing ways (i.e. blood work, X-rays, etc.). “

Why did the musician write on his Ted profile?

This I like to know. I decided to call WFMT and see if I can track down the show, musician, etc. The operator connected me to someone from their program department. They thought it was a question for George Preston and connected me to his voice-mail. I left a message what I wanted on Friday, October 21, 2011. I’m still waiting a reply. Since I’m not a big time contributor, it might take a few days.  I also filled out their contact form. When I get the info, I will visit the musician’s profile for ideas.

What else could I talk about on Ted?

I could talk about social media. After all, I’ve been active on it since the beginning of 2008. I can speak things like Twitter Latin and LinkedIn Swahili very well, while I only have run of the mill familiarity with Facebook Chinese.

Or perhaps I can get some ideas from The Onion (Onion ), which I get from weekly from the local comic book store.  Let me scan some of this weeks headlines:

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  • “Federal government to reduce Madoff’s sentence if he can infiltrate U.S. economy in 48 hours and turn it around.”
  • “New decoy website launched to lure away all moronic internet commentators.”
  • “Nation waiting for protesters to clearly articulate demands before ignoring them.”

Perhaps I can talk about literature or direct response marketing.

Maybe it can be something heavy like comic books or old-time comedy like the Three Stooges, Marx BrothersLaurel and Hardy or W.C. Fields.

Ted anyone?

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  1. I just hear from George Preston of WFMT today via voice mail. According to him, the musician was cellist Joshua Roman (http://www.joshuaroman.com/).

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