ארכיון: November, 2011

נכתב בתאריך 30/11/2011 בשעה 15:35 מאת Lior Zoref

imageI’m starting to crowd source and create my TED (here’s some background).

This is the idea that I am going to share:

Wisdom of Crowds theory exists for many years. The theory states that the collective wisdom of big crowds is smarter than experts as we solve problems or make decisions.
Until recently, the use of the wisdom of crowds was possible primarily for organizations that have invested resources in developing technological solutions that transformed crowd wisdom into products such as Wikipedia for knowledge and
Waze for navigation.
In my PhD research I investigate how social networks allow each of us to use crowd wisdom in the daily process of thinking and decision making.

This means that anyone with enough social network friends can ask questions that will require them to think. The collective wisdom from all the answers is probably the smartest thing to do.
There are already a few people who are using this method. By doing so, they upgrade their ability to think and make decisions significantly.
Currently, the most popular activity in social networks is sharing. In the future we might use social for something completely new – thinking.

I call this Mind Sharing.

That’s it…

I’m creating my TED talk using crowd wisdom, your wisdom. It will be the first ever crowd sourced TED talk.

I hope that you’ll join me in this journey and take part of this process.

I’m looking for exceptional individuals (not organizations) who are using their own social network profile in order to get crowd wisdom in a way that improves their personal or professional lives significantly.

I’ll share their stories in my TED talk :-)

Here are a few areas of interest – musicians, educators, designers, spiritual leaders, marketing experts, people looking for relationships etc.

I’m not interested in people who are using specialized web-sites but rather their own network of friends in social-networks such as facebook or twitter.

In addition, if you have interesting stories or ideas that might add value to this topic, I’ll be happy if you share them with me.

Great minds think alike, clever minds think together.

Thank you

(Here’s a link to the comments and discussion in Facebook and a link to the comments on TED Conversation).

נכתב בתאריך 27/11/2011 בשעה 8:21 מאת Lior Zoref

imageIt’s been 6 months ever since I participated in the TED full spectrum auditions and I’m on my way to stand on the most amazing stage in the world.

Tomorrow I’ll start the crowd sourcing process to build my TED talk.

Before I start doing so, here’s the first part of a diary I wrote in the last two months, ever since I received the official invite to be a speaker at TED 2012.

In the coming months I will continue to share with you stories from behind the scenes, the journey, preparations and excitement.

I hope you’ll join me in this journey.

October 4th 2011

A few minutes ago I received an email from TED content director.

It’s been two months since the auditions… I’m expecting an email that will tell me whether or not I’ll speak at TED.

My heart is beating at a rate of hundred miles an hour. I open the email, and it start like this:

Hi Lior,
We’re thrilled to have you as part of the TED2012 speaker program (and you’re going to be in excellent company!).

My dream is about to come!
I read it again, to make sure that I’m not mistaken.

I’m beginning to understand that this is going to be one of the most amazing experiences in my life…
I remember how time passed before the birth of my daughter, Maya.

I knew that having a baby would be an event that will change my life, but did not understand how exactly.
Now I realize that this event can change my life but I’m not sure I understand how …
Sometimes dreams come true.

October 5th 2011

 

I’ts 6 am. 24 hours after receiving the email from TED.

Everyone in my house are sleeping but I can’t sleep.
I’m watching this documentary which shows behind the scenes at TED 2010.

Behind the TEDTalk 2010 from m ss ng p eces on Vimeo.

 

I look at the guy from India and wonder how he feels while praying that his sick mother will stay alive to watch his TED talk and be proud of him.

At the end, Sr. Ken Robinson, the legendary speaker, says:

Dreams are what guide us and what helps us to become the best that we could be.
Dreams are what make us who we are.

I’m sorry for being emotional, but at this point a tear fell from my eye…
I bet I won’t sleep much in the next four months.

The anxiety is starting to emerge.
Will I be able to do it ?….

October 6th 2011

 

In the past few days I was still trying to digest the news. 

It took me two days until I had the courage to enter the link and confirm my participation as a speaker.
When filling out forms, I’m used to mark V on all kinds of legal terms.
In the case of TED, this is what I was asked to confirm:

I understand that those who attend TED do so in a spirit of curiosity, open-mindedness, respect and tolerance, thereby enabling constructive conversation and allowing TED speakers to be more open than they might otherwise be.

Halleluiah ! I’ve confirmed happily.

After I finished filling the form, I could see a ‘TED Speaker’ badge under my photo:

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A few second later, I get an email with a few important things that I should take into consideration. Pay attention to rules 4 and 8:

Rule number 4: Clear your calendar. No, really. To help you get the most out of TED, we ask that you lend us your brain. Ignore your email. Switch off your phone. Don’t take meetings. TED is an immersive experience, and you won’t want to miss a moment.
Rule number 8: Don’t miss a thing. Watch every session. Go to every event. The best TED moments happen when you least expect them. So resist the temptation to sneak back to your room, and give yourself a complete TED experience.

This is going to be so much fun.

נכתב בתאריך 23/11/2011 בשעה 20:39 מאת Lior Zoref

imageTwo years ago, as I was talking with my good friend Yosi Taguri, I confessed about my dream: "I hope, maybe in 5 or 10 years I will stand on the TED stage and give a TED talk…

Yosi laughed at me and said: "You have a better chance of winning the lottery than to speak at TED"…

I’m thrilled to announce that my dream is about to come true as I’m going speak at TED 2012.

And all of you, my facebook and twitter friends, can help me to create the first ever crowd sourced TED talk.

Here’s the main idea that I’m going to share at TED, which is based on my PhD research:

For the first time in history, people can think in crowds. Social networks made crowd wisdom available for everyone using tools such as facebook, twitter, youtube and others.

Making the right choices in life is not always easy: whether it is taking a mortgage, or deciding on the best medical treatment between several alternatives, now is the time to think together using technology and crowdsource our way in life.

We are all used to using social networks for sharing; now we can enhance our decision-making dramatically, by using it to think with others.

My TED talk is going to be created using crowd wisdom, your wisdom. I will ask for your thoughts and insights and hope to include them in the talk.

I invite you to join me in this exciting journey.

Thank you.


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