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The Trouble with TEDxOrangeCoast

If you want good content – online content that will bend and grow your mind, mosey over to If you haven’t listened to a TED talk before, I think you’ll thank me. If you have, you already know what an incredible resource this non-profit committed to “ideas worth spreading” is. Being able to watch and listen to talks by some of the most amazing people of our time makes TED one of the best tools for lifelong learning.

But, despite all modern technologies connecting us at the click of a button, there is still no replacing the in-person human experience of connecting with other people. TEDx was born from the understanding that by empowering independently organized groups of people in their own communities to organize TED-like events, human connections would be made, great ideas would be shared, and maybe – just maybe – communities would be more innovative as a result. TEDx events are created by volunteers who are passionate about sharing, learning and coming together to make good things happen. So, what’s the trouble?

It’s a new concept, unlike any other conference. You can’t compare it to anything you’ve been to before. You have to submit yourself to being fully present. To listening, learning and interacting. That means taking time away from your usual day. It means turning off the phone. That’s the trouble. It’s so unlike anything you have ever done that you might be inclined to dismiss it and miss an incredible experience. Don’t! Take time-out for TEDx. For me, its TEDxOrangeCoast on May 19th. If you are nearby, hope to see you there. If not, seek out TEDx in your own community. Just like the tip about, I think you’ll thank me!

TED: Let’s Keep it Clean!

If you are a fan of TED and the TEDx movement, chances are you have an altruistic streak. You believe that there is merit in sharing good ideas for the sake of the common good. You understand that good content begets good action. It was refreshing to receive the following email from the curator of the TED LinkedIn group recently. The social media marketplace would be a better place if we followed these guidelines in every communication we make:



Thank you for your interest in joining the TED: Ideas Worth Spreading LinkedIn group. As a stipulation of being a part of the group please make sure to adhere to the spam policy below.

We’re excited to have you a part of the group and look forward to your contributions.


TED: Ideas Worth Spreading LinkedIn Group Administrator

Hello LinkedIn TEDsters,

Let’s start with a definition of spam.
SPAM: noun, verb, spammed, spam•ming.
1. Trademark . a canned food product consisting esp. of porkformed into a solid block.
2. a disruptive, eg. commercial message posted on a computer network or sent as e-mail.
3. to send spam.

Let’s go with the second definition for these purposes.

A list of dont’s …
Don’t make multiple posts of the same item.
Don’t post the title of a discussion and then just point people to your blog. Most people consider this a underhanded way to drive traffic to your blog (or self-promotion).
Don’t post conferences.
Don’t post money making schemes.
Don’t make off-topic posts or multiple off-topic/solicitation posts.
Don’t promote your company, product, or yourself. If your discussions and comment share genuine insights – you will be noticed anyway and people will look at your profile, and therefore look at your blog or website.
Don’t post your company’s press release.
Don’t post spam in your response to a discussion.

A list of do’s…
Do post relevant and engaging topics.
Do include your blog in the NEWS section (as long an it doesn’t fall into the “dont’s” category).
Do post relevant articles you’ve written (this would likely go in the News forum). If you think your blog article is absolutely brilliant and should be shared – give a little teaser.

It’s simple. If you spam, you’ll be removed from the group without notice.

Social media is about creating and sharing content that result in conversations. Spam kills conversation and eventually it will kill a group. The latter is evident in many LI groups. This will not be allowed to happen to the TED group here. The responsible group members, the ones that you really want to interact with, will see through self promotion and will grade you as less than worthy, a charlatan or worse. Self promotion is the quickest way to destroy a/your personal brand. No person of substance values a self promoter. What you do for the group and what new insights you bring to the group will speak louder than any shameless self promotion and these true gifts to the group are the only way to build your equity value.

We want to maintain the integrity of this board for those who wish a relevant and engaging discussion on TED and the ideals it promotes.

If you have any suggestions to revise or improve the policy please let me know and this will be group collaboration work in progress. We, the group administrator’s are not solely devoted to the TED LinkedIn group. We do this on a volunteer basis as avid fans and are not able to monitor the group every hour of the day. If you notice a spam post/reply please flag it. Any help that you, the 30k+ members, can provide in making the board relevant is appreciated.

Thank you for your thoughtful participation in this group and promoting the ideals of TED: Ideas Worth Spreading .