Date: Mon, May 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM
| Hello #Rootstriker, |
At the beginning of April, TED posted the talk I gave at their annual conference. In the six weeks since, more than 800,000 people have viewed it across the TED platform and YouTube.
I've been doing this for a long time, but nothing I've ever done has spread like this.
So two weeks ago, I spoke at the TEDxYouth event in Chicago. I began that talk in a similar way, with the same argument about the corruption our government suffers. But then I ended that talk by giving the talk away — to them. Each of the 500 students in the audience got a thumb drive with the slides and the background information of the talk. Each thumb drive had a copy of the TED video, and the book I produced for that video. And I challenged those students to take that material, and remix it to tell this story in a way that would be compelling to them and their peers.
This is something I have wanted to do for a long time. This movement won't have a single leader. There are no MLK Jr.'s, or Gandhi's among us. So instead this needs to be a movement with hundreds of thousands taking the lead to spread this message, and push for change. In their own words, in whatever way they think this message spreads best.
Because this is the fundamental fact that almost no one in DC gets: That reform will not come from the top down. We must feed it and support it from the bottom up.
I need your help to do this. We're not asking for money (have you noticed how infrequently we do that?). We're just asking that you do as many of the following four things as you can:
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