This week’s best questions, ideas and debates from TED Conversations

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TED-Conversation-generic-imageTED Conversations is a unique space where any member of this community can get feedback on an idea, pose an interesting question, or start a fascinating debate with fellow TEDizens from around the globe. This week, dozens of new conversations were started — from “Should we have an opinion about everything?” to “Teaching robotic fundamentals with recycled electronic products.” Here, a sampling of the highlights from this week.

From Mindshare in London, Nik Gill poses a challenging question: Can first world countries spend their overseas aid budgets more effectively?

On March 20th, 2013, Great Britain’s government firmly backed a legislation that would ensure that 0.7% (~£11 Billion) of Gross National Income will be spent on Overseas Aid.

With many skeptics feeling that this money is often wasted or better spent in more important areas, how would you like to see this money spent to change the perception that International Aid…

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What do you think!!

People! I would love to have your opinion on this entry! What do you think I could have done better or more economically?

I was just watching few videos of Seth Godin. He is an author, entrepreneur and founder of squidoo and has been a great source of inspiration for me (Oh No, I am afraid I don’t know him personally).

His philosophy in life has been “If I lose more than you do, I win”. I just love the way he makes it sound so cool. He also made me realise that my last few weeks have not been complete waste but instead were hard learnt lessons.

http://youtu.be/JecJzrIfdHg

While walking past a local shop, I found some nice funky themed calendars on “clearance” which is a slick term for “unwanted stock” being put out for sale at a marked down price. The price was so low that I decided to buy about 17 of them so I could resell them (I can’t really blame the whispering devil now, can I?). Even the shop owner gave me that suspicious look.

Anyway, I came back home all excited and began thinking how was I going to sell those things. Then I thought – why not make a small and simple website. So, I sat down for 5-6 hours and got the website up and running. I was very proud in that moment.

I did advertising through local free ad sites like locanto, oz bargains (which blocked my account for some reason), craigslist & gumtree. I waited for about 3 weeks for a sale, but nothing ever happened. Finally I got desperate and put some calendars on ebay, where I luckily sold a few.

But in a nut shell, I didn’t make any profit, although I was happy to try, fail and lose $70 than to sit around and wait for the perfect opportunity.

I am now looking for the next product to sell and to make sure that I do everything to make a profit this time.

Do you guys have any suggestions for me!!!

83-Year-Old Inventor Makes 3D Printers More Affordable

unbelievable!

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

You won’t find too many households with a 3D printer, which can turn digital blueprints into physical objects made out of plastic or other materials. Right now, the machines are pricey, selling between $399 and $2,200. But that may change, thanks to Hugh Lyman.

Lyman, 83, is the winner of the Desktop Factory Competition, whose goal was to find a solution to lower the costs of producing the 3D printer. The contest’s sponsors were Inventables, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Maker Education Initiative.

Just as the cost of ink-jet printing stems from ink cartridges, the spools of plastic filament — which a 3D printer layers into an object — greatly affect the long-term economics of 3D printing. Lyman’s winning entry, the Lyman Filament Extruder II, can turn less expensive plastic pellets into filament.

As reported by this Time Magazine article, Lyman ran Ly Line Products, a manufacturer of scientific cabinetry and related items, until he retired 17 years ago. Today, he’s…

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