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From OWS to TED, Where Spontaneous Sentiment Meets Community Organizing

Impermanent, action-oriented collectives are now becoming part of our daily lives.

One of the thousands of larger-than-life portraits that came out of street artist JR's TED Prize wish last year.

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If Schools Kill Creativity, Can Toys Bring It Back to Life?

A new generation of companies are finding ways to emulate Lego and encourage creativity through play.

Legos are one of the most popular toys of all time. According to TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir, who delivered a speech at the famed conference in Long Beach, California this week, there are more than 400 billion of the little blocks in the world, or 75 for every person on earth. The brilliance of Legos is that they are not a single toy, but a platform for creation with nearly endless possibilities, making them one of the best teaching tools ever.

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Big Ideas from TED 2011: TED Highlights the Boundary-Pushing Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow

No innovator is an island unto themselves; all entrepreneurs and innovators have supporters behind the scenes, helping them succeed. This year...

No innovator is an island unto themselves; all entrepreneurs and innovators have supporters behind the scenes, helping them succeed. This year during the TED conference, three of those supporters teamed up to give the world an inside peak at the entrepreneurial ideas churning just underneath the TED surface.

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Big Ideas from TED 2011: A Construction Set for Civilization

Marcin Jakubowski is trying to create robust, modular versions of the 50 machines that every modern community needs.


The big idea behind the Global Village Construction Set is that everyone everywhere should have access to the key tools for creating human civilization.

At the end of years of study and the completion of a PhD in fusion physics, Polish-born TED2011 Fellow Marcin Jakubowski found himself feeling like he was, to use his words, "useless." Believing he needed to get past a consumer lifestyle, he moved to middle America to begin farming. After buying (and then breaking, and breaking again) a tractor, he began to wonder what were the truly essential machines at the core of every society. And even more, he began to wonder why, if open source software had had such powerful impacts, there wasn't an equivalent for the essential hardware of civilization?

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