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TED: How to Start a Movement

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I love this.

I love this.

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Great demonstration on how malleable people are. If only those important looking figures with golden tongues on TV would embrace Ron Paul as they do/did Obama, we'd have this one in the bag by sundown.

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the dancing man is more like

the dancing man is more like paul than obama.

those kids are no sheep, the sheep stay seated... at home, and not at the concert

TED Talks Rock.


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What a blast

That really was the golden age of music videos. It's probably 25 years since I last saw that video.

He's the man.
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Personal note

Great content aside, this was a weird juxtaposition for me:

I go to my favorite website (DP)
A video of TED, the man I owe my career to is a founding attendee
Sponsored by my employer/client
Video of Derek whom I've done a couple projects with via my music hobby (one project was a 9/11 charity music project we worked on)

Currently consuming: Morehouse's "Better off free", FDR; Wii U; NEP Football

That's great!

That's why Ron Paul doesn't consider himself a "leader" of our movement.

He was the "lone nut" dancing without his shirt and we just joined him.

Many have joined him in 2007-08 but as everyday goes by, more and more people are "dancing" with him.

We clearly are a movement.

And if just two people...

From Ron Paul supporter -Arlo Guthrie

Alice's Restaurant updated.
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

January 29, 2008
Arlo for Ron

Republican presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s campaign has been endorsed by legendary folk singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie.

Guthrie, known for a series of hits including "Alice’s Restaurant," issued the following endorsement of Dr. Paul:

"I love this guy. Dr. Paul is the only candidate I know of who would have signed the Constitution of The United States had he been there. I'm with him, because he seems to be the only candidate who actually believes it has as much relevance today as it did a couple of hundred years ago. I look forward to the day when we can work out the differences we have with the same revolutionary vision and enthusiasm that is our American legacy."

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"Wasp" was excellent. But have you read "The Great Explosion," also by Russell? Even better. Wasp's message was mostly about destabilizing a social order. "The Great Explosion" moves along one step further, showing what can follow such destabilization -- if you don't screw it up. One of my favorite SF classics.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

No, I haven't read that one.

Sounds good.

Rachael Mills, "Confessions of a Junkie: a Ron Paul Junkie"

was the #2 person for me.

There was Ron Paul, out there, swinging for the fences, early on, like a lone nut for liberty.......

....and then an innocent private internet search for the name of Ron Paul, 'just to see if there was anything ANYTHING was being said in the major media', and NOTHING. But what does turn up on a thing called "youtube" is the Cute, busty, brunette who called herself "a Ron Paul Junkie".

So I watch and I listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8rsMhQUFkA

She made me GET UP and join the R3VOLution. Indeed, when I GOT UP, I was looking for SOMETHING TO DO....just like thousands of others.

And then came along a prickly liberty dynamo named Ernie Hancock, passing out several interesting items "just for fun, cause if you ain't having fun you ain't doing it right" and he passed out:

1) a R3VOLution Template,

2) a roll of throw away billboard banner material, and

3) cans of black and red paint.

Then off he went, like the johnny Appleseed ...and with 322 banners done on our carport, the rest, as they say, is history.

In Peace & Liberty,

PS. Can you believe the Libertarian Party turned their backs on Ernie Hancock for chairman leadership position? Silly but true. Oh well. Our gain for 2012.

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Thanks for telling this story Treg. I think we all have such stories. Each story is as different as we are unique individuals. Yours made me smile.


Thanks for posting this! What a great lesson... And don't we all know it :) The lone nut.

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allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.



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He's the man.



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Ha ha ha!


He's the man.


I broke the base 5 pattern, my bad. 5+1. But I'm good with this.

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That is the

most amazing video I have seen in months. Wow. So true and to the point!


I luv TED talks!

I would love to see Dr. Paul

I would love to see Dr. Paul dancing and shaking his bones. ;~)

I've been that lone crazy dancer at many concerts. The funny thing is, I could be the only one dancing for a long time, but as soon as one person joins me, there will be a crowd within minutes.

"The world is a dynamic mess of jiggling things, if you look at it right." - Richard Feynman

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Funny & wise

Even though this seems like a funny little video, there is a lot of wisdom here:

  • A leader needs the guts to stand out and be ridiculed
  • His actions are easy to follow
  • The first follower shows everyone else how to follow
  • The leader embraces the first follower(s) as equals
    • Now it is not about the leader, it is about them
    • The first follower is an underestimated form of leadership - it takes guts to be the first follower
    • The first follower transforms the first nut into a leader
    • The third follower transforms the first two nuts into a crowd, and a crowd is news
  • A movement must be public - New followers emulate the followers, not the leader
  • Eventually, we reach a tipping point - the more people who join, the less risky it is for others to join. It becomes cool. People want to be a part of the in crowd
  • Finally, those who don't join are ridiculed for not joining.

      Leadership is overglorified. We're told we should all be leaders, but that is ineffective. If you're interested in starting a movement, have the courage to follow, and show others how to follow. When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the courage to stand up, join in, and be part of the movement.

He's the man.

terrific post

& terrific comment Michael.

I was a witness to just such a thing just after Michael Jackson died.
Someone on the street started dancing Jackson style and a crowd gathered and others started to dance too and I joined in as well it was great fun and thought me an important lesson on how to start anti-war demonstrations which are always a success in getting others join me in some form.

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terrific post and comment indeed!