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Wisdom Talk Series

Getting old isn't as sexy as it could be. At the Palo Alto OpenIDEO Meetup we discussed a TED like talk series that has elders sharing wisdom or other stories that focus on inspiring and connecting them with a younger generation.

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TED has shown that great stories can build attention around the world for large topics.  Older generations are more likely to have these amazing stories but less likely to be listened to by the youthful pop culture that defines how we think about aging.  This talk series would train elders to tell stories that would pop with younger audiences, helping them think about healthy aging.

Thanks to Mel + Frank for talking about this idea with me at the Palo Alto Meetup.  Thanks to David for the great inspiration and image as well.

How might your idea scale and spread to reach as many people as possible?

This idea could be put online and spread far and wide if the content is interesting enough that thought leaders help promote it.

How might your idea attract and involve partners from health care, business, government, nonprofit or other sectors?

The content would have to be great and the focus would have to be clear on engaging younger audiences, but if it was the attraction would be easy as the content would be digital.

How might you design an early experiment or prototype to further develop your idea?

Find someone who has a great story about healthy aging to share back with the world and train them on the tips and tricks like a nice presentation to make it appeal to younger audiences.


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I love this! Could it actually become a TEDx series, like TEDxAging or TEDxSilverFox?

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Yes, Annie! And those are great suggestions for names. TEDxSilverFox. Love it!

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+1 for TEDxSilverFox

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