What we're about

Connect, Grow, Pay it forward.

"TED-Inspired Meetup" is devoted to spreading wise ideas and sparking conversations to improve the lives of people.

This meetup functions similarly to a book club, except that our discussions are often sparked by TED Talk videos from TED (www.ted.com), Ideas Worth Spreading (http://www.ted.com/) or from similar inspirational sources. When practical, we'll watch a 20 minute TED talk together and then discuss how the ideas can improve our lives and the lives of others.

(Clarification - This is NOT a live presentation by the speakers in the TED Talk video! "TED Inspired Meetup" is independently run and is not affiliated with TED or TEDx.


"About TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) organization

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the "Sixth Sense" wearable tech, and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

TED Mission: Spread ideas

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we're building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

In fact, everything we do — from our Conferences (http://www.ted.com/about/conferences) to our TED Talks (http://www.ted.com/talks) to the projects sparked by the TED Prize (http://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/ted-prize), from the global TEDx (http://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/tedx-program) community to the TED-Ed (http://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/ted-ed) lesson series — is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation."


Additional Resources

TEDx Talks, (https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDxTalks)Youtube Education (https://www.youtube.com/education), 99u.com (http://99u.com/videos), big think (http://bigthink.com/videos), NPR (http://www.npr.org/podcasts/), TED-Ed, Google Talks (https://www.youtube.com/user/AtGoogleTalks), Times Talk (http://timestalks.com/videos.php)

List of online lectures/talks like TED:


Massive Open Online Courses (http://www.iflscience.com/technology/take-college-and-university-courses-online-completely-free) (MOOCs) free from your favorite universities! http://www.iflscience... (http://www.iflscience.com/technology/take-college-and-university-courses-online-completely-free

Calendar links to New York City area lecture and events. https://www.meetup.com... (https://www.meetup.com/Manhattan-Lectures-Conversations/messages/boards/thread/48666734

About "Conversations New York"


Hundreds of New Yorkers coming together in small groups of neighbors

and fellow citizens to discuss topics of intensive interest…

Hosted at no cost and at convenient locations and times…

Aided by simple guiding principles…

Inspired by the city’s grand tradition of robust conversation…

Our vision is to inspire, organize, publicize, facilitate and celebrate a renaissance of healthy dialogue in New York City.

Our Mission:

1. Encourage and support interesting and important conversations among New Yorkers at the grass-roots level,

2. Establish simple, affordable, and sustainable infrastructure to foster such conversations throughout the city year-round.

3. Add to the worldwide image of New York as a metropolis where culture and intellect thrive among the people.

4. Maintain conversations with a human face by discussing topics in-person, while also allowing for further discussion online.

For access to CNY-sponsored events www.conversationsnewyork.com (http://www.conversationsnewyork.com/) subscribe here and "Like" us on facebook www.facebook.com/conversationsnewyor... (http://www.facebook.com/conversationsnewyork).

Join our network of volunteer organizers:

https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Experience/ (https://www.meetup.com/NYCSocratesCafe)



https://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York (https://www.meetup.com/psychology-NYC)


Upcoming events (2)

Thank an Essential Worker—Donate Blood | Protect the Vulnerable—Get Vaccinated

"Red Cross declares first-ever national blood crisis." https://youtu.be/ZUmbgpmNixg #GIVEWITHME https://www.cbsnews.com/news/red-cross-blood-crises-united-states-covid-19/

https://www.redcrossblood.org/ or https://nybc.org/donate-blood/covid-19-and-blood-donation-copy/

Thank an essential worker worker by getting vaccinated and/or by donating blood if you are able to donate safely at a center near you.

Protect the very young & the very old, and slow the growth of variants. Walk-in vaccinations are available. https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/ Hotline: (833)[masked]


Many thanks to all the essential workers on the front lines in healthcare, in homes, in farming, in food processing, in transportation, in utilities, & in public service putting themselves & their family members at risk to keep us safe and not wanting at home during the height of the pandemic. ABC #AmericaStrong www.facebook.com/watch/?v=[masked]https://giveessential.org/


George W Bush: (00:06)
This is a challenging and solemn time in the life of our nation and world. A remorseless invisible enemy threatens the elderly and vulnerable among us, a disease that can quickly take breath and life. Medical professionals are risking their own health for the health of others, and we’re deeply grateful. Officials at every level are setting out the requirements of public health that protect us all, and we all need to do our part.

The disease also threatens broader damage, harm to our sense of safety, security and community. The larger challenge we share is to confront an outbreak of fear and loneliness, and it is frustrating that many of the normal tools of compassion, a hug, a touch, can bring the opposite of the good we intend. In this case, we serve our neighbor by separating from them. We cannot allow physical separation to become emotional isolation. This requires us to be not only compassionate, but creative in our outreach, and people across the nation are using the tools of technology in the cause of solidarity.

In this type of testing we need to remember a few things. First, let us remember we have faced times of testing before. Following 9-11 I saw a great nation rise as one to honor the brave, to grieve with the grieving and to embrace unavoidable new duties, and I have no doubt, none at all, that this spirit of service and sacrifice is alive and well in America. Second, let us remember that empathy and simple kindness are essential powerful tools of national recovery. Even at an appropriate social distance, we can find ways to be present in the lives of others, to ease their anxiety and share their burdens. Third, let’s remember that the suffering we experience as a nation does not fall evenly. In the days to come it will be especially important to care in practical ways for the elderly, the ill and the unemployed. Finally, let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat. In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants, we are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God. We rise or fall together and we are determined to rise. God bless you all.


"The need for blood is ongoing, but COVID-19 has destroyed the foundation on which the community donates blood to patients served by New York Blood Center.

Every week, more than 75,000 blood donations and 1,700 donated platelet units are needed to meet patient need. To ensure we are prepared to support health agencies in our communities and across the country, NYBCe strongly urges individuals who feel healthy and well to make an appointment at a donor center or find a new community blood drive.


" Regardless of vaccination status, ALL donors MUST wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose
Must be 14 days symptom free if recovered from COVID-19
May NOT donate if they have a positive diagnostic test or experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
May not donate if they have been told to self-quarantine due to exposure risk, including travel. We follow current State and CDC travel recommendations.
CDC - Travel (cdc.gov)
COVID-19 Travel Advisory | Department of Health (ny.gov)

If you are unsure whether to donate, or if you have donated recently and you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or you test positive for COVID-19, please contact us at[masked]." https://nybc.org/donate-blood/covid-19-and-blood-donation-copy/


Daryl Davis | How did Davis persuade KKK members to give up their beliefs?

PURPOSE: Discuss what worked for Daryl Davis.
"Why I, as a Black Man, Attend KKK Rallies." | Daryl Davis |
https://youtu.be/fw0vS0qvYo0 (19 min.)
How did Davis get people to change their own minds?

****[IN-PERSON DISCUSSION - SAFETY PERMITTING. FOR THOSE WHO ARE FULLY VACCINATED (at least 14 days after the final vaccination). PLEASE BRING A COPY OR PHOTO OF YOUR CDC VACCINATION CARD. NO WALK-ONs PERMITTED. SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASK WEARING RULES STILL APPLY. (Note: The MTA has no restriction against passengers keeping the windows open to ventilate the cabin.) THANK YOU.

*Please RSVP to the waitlist. Event Host will add you to the "Going" list after you contact the Event Host, Yen, via Meetup.com . https://www.meetup.com/TED-Inspired-Meetup/members/5834204/ Thanks.

**The exact meetup location will be disclosed at the 6:40 PM video-conference call on the night before this event at https://meet.jit.si/nyc ]

"Why I, as a Black Man, Attend KKK Rallies." | Daryl Davis |
https://youtu.be/fw0vS0qvYo0 (19 min.)

Daryl Davis: "A young African-American musician seemed an unlikely candidate to take on the Ku Klux Klan - but Daryl Davis used honesty, respect and human understanding to break down and dissolve the bitter, time-worn barriers that he encountered. Daryl Davis is an American R&B and blues musician, author, actor and bandleader, known for his energetic style of Boogie-woogie piano. Davis has played with such musicians as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Bruce Hornsby, and Bill Clinton. His efforts to improve race relations, in which as an African-American he engaged with members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), have been reported on by media such as CNN and the Washington Post. Davis summed up his advice as: "Establish dialogue. When two enemies are talking, they're not fighting.

Daryl received rave reviews for his stage roles in William Saroyan’s The Time Of Your Life with a famed cast of Marcia Gay Harden, Brigid Cleary, Richard Bauer, Dion Anderson, and Henry Strozier. Daviwas a key player in Elvis Mania which was extended by twmonths due to popular demand in New York City at an off-Broadway theatre. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx "


Participating in meetups and travel en-route during a pandemic have inherent risks to health and safety. By participating you agree to take full responsibility for your own health and safety, and you agree to comply with any and all venue, local government, CDC, and host's health & safety precautions. Participants who do not comply with the health and safety precautions will be asked to leave. If the participant does not leave, the Event Host will end the meetup immediately. Thank you.

(Note: The MTA has no restriction against passengers keeping the windows open to ventilate the cabin.


About the Host: Yen is retired from the US military. He grew up in Taiwan, Argentina, and United States. While he experienced discrimination in all three cultures, he has also seen good role models in each. Yen now organizes in-person meetups to build bridges as a hobby.

"SixthSense Technology" Pranav Mistry (Host Needed)
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At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.



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