Jeff Smith spent a year in prison. But what he discovered inside wasn’t what he expected — he saw in his fellow inmates boundless ingenuity and business savvy. He asks: Why don’t we tap this entrepreneurial potential to help ex-prisoners contribute to society once they’re back outside? (From the TED Talent Search event [email protected])

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May 19, 2020

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Stannous Vortalux

May 19, 2020

Ruined TED's credibility for me, the lying hypocrite.

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Stannous Vortalux

May 19, 2020

Local boy made good now pariah. Don't try to run in St Louis again, Jeff. You two-face. Quoting Stuart Dearmley's Amazon review: "As a close friend of Artie Harris' (and a devoted follower of the perjury case that justly sent Jeff Smith to prison) I've seen many instances wherein Mr. Smith is blatantly, willfully lying to his readers. Artie did not overdose. He hung himself as the Federal Elections Committee increased their heat on Smith's campaign managers. Artie was uncomfortable with the spiral of lies, and Mr. Smith took Artie's death as a green-light to keep the spiral going.

Jeff Smith was at Artie's funeral, glad-handing Artie's family and friends while running reconnaissance long before the incriminating wire-tap of which he now misremembers himself to be the victim. How did he forget that Artie hung himself, particularly if he helped talk a despondent Artie back from the brink of suicide?

Answer: it is not possible.

To cover up Artie's suicide is to downplay his culpability in it. These falsehoods go beyond disrespecting the dead. He lied his way into prison, and now he's trying to lie his way back into the political scene and the hearts of America. It is shameful.

Though he's got a great poker-face, Mr. Smith is an appalling human being. Prison reform is needed, but get your news elsewhere. If this latest crop of lies was enough to send him back to prison, the country would be better off for it."

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May 19, 2020

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May 19, 2020

Great thoughts Jeff. 
Business is not about your past its about what you can do in the future to make everything better. 

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andrew simon

May 19, 2020

nice

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Rex Hunter

May 19, 2020

Sounds like he dropped the soap a fair bit

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Spendude92

May 19, 2020

I thought this one was… meh

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May 19, 2020

ive noticed long ago that drug dealers and big business had similar tactics always wondered who copied who

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May 19, 2020

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May 19, 2020

This is one of the best TED talks I know. The best thing is, sharing what you know to others that are capable or more talented of what you are. Since everything is on business mindset, Jeff Smith helps unleash it's potentials.

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genanmer

May 19, 2020

sigh, so many people don't want rehabilitation for these folks because they assume moral superiority. Or even more so, they threaten their jobs!

Listen to a few talks by the freakonomics members and you'll understand economics for the poor. They are just like the rich except they don't have lobbies nor politicians bailing them out, defending their tax havens, or subsidizing their industry. It's a genuine (scarcity-based) free market.

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atl3630

May 19, 2020

I am inherently bad.

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May 19, 2020

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thetravelinghermit

May 19, 2020

I can agree to an extent. My comment is about the truly criminal. I bet that half the prisoners are misguided, desperate etc. But there are some who thrive on the crimes they commit. There are some who are too dangerous to test these ideas on. And really, inmates suffer more at the hands of each other than just doing the time. I've been on the street before, I know that prison is more comfortable than the streets if you're removed from the other inmates.

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atl3630

May 19, 2020

This guy is a nitwit. He fails to understand that these people are in prison for punishment, not a free business class paid for by taxpayers. BTW, great idea, educate people who have no moral discipline, that way they can be more effective criminals. Liberals always think people are inherently good. Wrong.

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SpectacularVernacular

May 19, 2020

Eat shit, you dumb, arrogant bitch

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weesh

May 19, 2020

I like short Ted Talks. I like them because they whet the apatite for something more, and make you think, all in five minutes. It is not necessary for every Tedster to explain their entire organization, and to take 30 minutes doing it. Sometimes a taste is enough.

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thetravelinghermit

May 19, 2020

Save tax money? We can't really afford to simply keep them fed and housed. How do we afford rehabilitation? When I lived in Germany, a pedophile and infanticidal maniac was arrested and placed in a 'secure' hospital for treatment. After ten years, he escaped then raped and killed 3 kids. After being captured, he escaped (6 mos. later) and did it again. How do you determine who can be rehabilitated or who wants to be. And what do you do with those that can't/won't?

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Aniket

May 19, 2020

If it helps the scoiety, I may do it to set an example, who knows 🙂

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soccer8595

May 19, 2020

It's great that he's coming out "inspired". But this presentation would have been better if he actually was taking action with this idea, or at least an example of this "potential" turned into a business. Therefore, this presentation was weak.

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