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Well it was more like a creative exercise done at my computer – but it will be a dream of mine from now on.

Imagine that you can’t watch TV alone anymore.

If there is only one person in the room it shuts off.  When TVs first hit the scene they were a magnet for people getting together – it was a social event.   This new requirement will be built into all TVs – someone needs to be with you if you want to watch it. The result – old or lonely people can no longer sit by themselves in front of the TV.  Kids need a parent or friend with them. They need get a partner or do something else.

Advertising will be revolutionized – companies will see a way to reach their audience and honour it at the time.  The ads are few and intelligent (showing only relevant shit and not in constant repetition).

And then add in that there are regular ‘breaks’. These pauses may have a suggestive question on the screen to promote dialogue, fun or critical thought. Positive messaging is pervasive. Opportunities and encouragements to get involved in your community are always being shown.

Of course, if you are super wealthy, you can buy special TVs that let you watch by yourself. So the top 1% who can watch solitary TV can sit and watch by themself. But they quickly become bored with the outside world and they squander their wealth.

Sounds like fun to me.

This is the most inspirational website I have seen.  I stumbled upon it a few years ago, and loved it – and now again, as I try to make change in my life it is drawing me back again.

http://www.ashoka.org/ and http://www.changemakers.com/

Ashoka is a essentially a venture capital fund and entrepreneurial support network for people wanting to create social businesses that improve the world.  This is my paraphrase, and you really have to check it out to understand it.

Changemakers is the supporting community website to Ashoka.   A place to collaborate and encourage people who are trying to make socially responsible changes on the planet.

I hope by writing about it – more people will find out about it.  You should support it and be inspired.  It took me years, but I feel like I am in a place to act on the inspiration.  Funny, when you reach that state you feel like an imbecile for not reaching it earlier.

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