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another in an ongoing series of personal stories which prove that people who say they want ‘outside the box’ thinking usually do not. and that people prefer problems to solutions. others in the series can be found here and scroll down past this piece

For a couple years I was a member of an online business networking site for 1%ers. I was invited to join for my looks,

Yes, of course I know that's a hash/weed pipe, not a crack pipe, but my silly Swedish artist has never smoked crack (forgive him) so he don't know no nothing 'bout no crack pipe

not my money.

One of the first ideas I pitched was for a TV show about love. After some time, I found someone who was interested. He was a client of mine. He had everything it took to realize the dream – smarts, money, contacts etc. And he wanted to raise his profile a great deal. The show would have done that. Alas, it was not to be.

Yes, of course I’ve cold pitched the idea  to networks (including The Oprah Network) and production companies, all to no avail.

If you think you know how to breathe life into this beauty, I’m all ears

thecreativecanadian@gmail.com

Here’s the idea in a thread from that networking site, so you can see other people’s reactions:

i love you

Posted by Brian Salmi

30 Aug 2010
Edited on: 30 Aug 2010

here’s an idea i am willing to throw out to the universe. anyone who would rip it off would just make a mess of it and karma would cream them for even trying.

a tv show all about love. a serious inquiry into love.

if anyone cares to argue that love is not the most important thing in the world, feel free.

yet, astoundingly, i know of know university on the planet that offers a degree in love. humans expend more resources studying cow shit than we do love. seriously. think about it – how many agricultural colleges are there? how many love colleges?

there was a guy named leo buscaglia (google him if you don’t know) and he was the biggest proponent of studying, and experiencing, love ever. he was a prof at usc and offered a non credit class in love that had students lined up around the block to register for.

the show would be a weekly grab bag of love. serious discussions. silly love songs. interviews with “celebs” about their love live, meaning their experiences with love (kids, family, pets, friends etc. not their sex lives 0 good god, don’t we hear enough about that?).

i’ll leave it at that for now

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Brian SalmiBrian SalmiBrian Salmi Miracle mum brings premature baby son back to life with two hours of loving cuddles after doctors pronounce him deadhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-13062…

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I love it!
about time someone came up with a great idea! thanks Brian

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Love it Brian and had similar idea myself. Am involved in a TV pilot for matters of the heart too and I would love to share my experience in that field as a life coach but mostly from my many years of studying love all over the world in relationships, health, business, wealth and kids. One of my dreams is to bring this knowledge and tools to children in schools so they from an early age can learn how to truly appreciate and love themselves, but we need us adults to get more educated in this matter to pass it on, and a show like this would be an amazing start. I would love to help produce and host it!

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Brian SalmiBrian SalmiBrian Salmi why am i not surprised that it’s women who are embracing this idea?c’mon guys, your testosterone is not going to suddenly disappear, rendering you a hopeless SNAG, if you admit that this idea appeals to you

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i doubt the lack of appeal to males has anything to do with their testosterone level, there are enough that regular the relationship/love threads in the le cafe forums as proof.what kind of feedback are you looking for? it sounds a bit boring so far

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Thomas McKayThomas McKayThomas McKay I agree with Laurelie, there needs to be a little more substance to the to gain more interest. Are you looking at it as a social & behavioural study or are you hoping for a type of self help resource. I can’t see why it would be of interest to view a mostly one sided conversation about something everyone has an opinion on, something where there really are no experts. Also support forums are only of use if the other person has the same issue/concern.Every now and again I am asked to watch a movie I know will be shocking but it seems to be important to her so I roll with it. Last night’s stinker was Uma Thurmans The Accidental Husband. The film absolutely sucked but I can’t help but think that you may have gathered inspiration from this. Check it out if you haven’t already.

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Brian SalmiBrian SalmiBrian Salmi laurelie:”what kind of feedback are you looking for?”ultimately, i am, of course, hoping to find people who see this as a viable idea and who are willing to work together, one way or another, to bring the idea to fruition.”it sounds a bit boring so far”

do you mean the idea itself, or the feedback?

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Brian : Great Idea to talk about the only thing that really matters : LOVE ! Love is the Highest energy ! Love is such a big Word ! How much do we know about Love ? Who claims to difference between : Infatuation , Sexual attraction, Love : I do ! I know the big difference ! . How many people are in love with themselves, in a no ego way , and with others. Refering to love not just in a sexual way , it is a vast theme to talk about ! Love spreads love !

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Brian SalmiBrian SalmiBrian Salmi mario: thank you!thomas:i’ve never seen, or even heard of, the film.i’m not talking about advice for the lovelorn, although that could be a component of the show, once in a while.

my primary inspiration comes from the work of leo buscaglia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Buscaglia

as i wrote in the original post, i see the show as being a grab bag of things related to love. despite what i wrote about no university in the world offering a degree in love, there is some serious research being done regarding the powers of love (did you look at the link i posted about the premature baby coming back to life? how did that happen? how do 100 pound mothers lift 2 ton cars to free their babies who are trapped underneath them? etc.). people doing such research would be regular guests.

but there’s more. how about love song of the week. thousands and thousands of love songs. pick a brilliant one, find the composer/performer and ask them about the story behind it.

ours is an idolatrous species, so, naturally, each show would have a celeb talking about the people and things they love or have loved. and what about going past celebs. what do our politicians think about love? what does gaddafi
think about love? what does charlie manson thnk about love – get that one before he dies!

how about traveling around the world looking for love stories and stories about how different cultures experience love – why are public displays of affection are still frowned on in many places?

okay, maybe none of that interests you. that, in itself, would be a fascinating show – people who do not find love interesting.

noiw, even if you are completely disinterested in the show as a potential viewer, think about it as a business proposition. sureu you’ll concede that there may be a few people interested in such a show. and perhaps you’ll go so far as to agree that people all around the world need love, and want to know more about it. does that mean that the show can be licensed all around the world? is that something that’s a wise investment?

boring? really? maybe you just have your cranky pants stapled on today?

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Mazen Al-AliMazen Al-AliMazen Al-Ali Brain, “Love” the idea!Love, and the human mind that generates it has an undeniable capacity to do immeasurable things.

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Mazen Al-AliMazen Al-AliMazen Al-Ali i just read the article you posted. i’m a Reiki healer, and i’ve been witness to remarkable recoveries fueled by the power of Love. Love, is the most powerful thing on earth when pure and truthful. this is why we learn to overcome the little noises that are generated from our past and current lives and try to revert to our true inner self that is capable of wonderful things!if there was a science to it, it would be Reiki. Amazing story! brought tears to my eyes ! my nephew was born with a lung problem and was incubated for a long time…i believe that the love of his family helped him recover. any thought transformed into action is a living being, and by talking to him, about him, being around him, sharing our love for him, i think we helped him recover. he’s now a year and a half old, and is one little monster! Bless him

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Brian SalmiBrian SalmiBrian Salmi mazen:i believe every thing you say.

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Mark TalianaMark TalianaMark Taliana Hmmm Love the most important thing in the world? A lot of people on the planet wouldn’t agree and put clean air and drinking water, a decent shelter/home and a regular meal as top of their list followed by basic clothing and a job. Not to mention their health. After all these have been achieved in one degree or another can anyone consider looking for ‘love’ So I make that No: 7 in order of importance.Tue Aug 31 12:58:29 -0400 2010

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The idea is interesting, but to sell it for a TV show will most likely turn the whole idea into a circus. If you can keep this show with integrity, it might be a good thing.

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Brian SalmiBrian SalmiBrian Salmi mark:sure, sure, sure.but what’s the point of living if your life is completely devoid of love? why would anyone want to?sud:

we’ll see. maybe you’re right.

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Brian, I see a book, or a web series.I agree with Sud that modern television hasn’t the tact or mandate to execute your idea in the delicate manner it deserves.

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Brian SalmiBrian SalmiBrian Salmi richard:again, you may be right but in this 1000 channel universe….i mean, they are (were?) producing series about tattoo shops and motor cycle shops. which is all well and good – apparently there’s a marketmany will think my idea too lofty. and it is true that the dumbest buy the mostest. but c’mon.

celebrities talking about anything will attract an audience

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Brian Salmi wrote:laurelie:“what kind of feedback are you looking for?”ultimately, i am, of course, hoping to find people who see this as a viable idea and who are willing to work together, one way or another, to bring the idea to fruition.

“it sounds a bit boring so far”

do you mean the idea itself, or the feedback? 

i meant the idea

so you’re looking for celebrities that will go on your talk show?

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please, for the love of god, don’t play “my heart will go on” – celine dion. gosh she drives me insane..
unless of course you manage to get her to redo one of her relationship interviews, then that song probably would be quite fitting, other than that its just so cheesejustin bieber has a couple of interesting love stories, like the boy that hacked his friend’s twitter account to get his phone number, but i think that might come under obsessionmariah carey’s relationship story was kind of interesting from what i saw on oprah and david letterman

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Brian SalmiBrian SalmiBrian Salmi laurelie:you know, i think the world is already awash in banal tabloid gossip, so… ummm… no, that’s not the kind of stuff i’m thinking about!here, however, is something that would make a great fit – a beautiful inter-species love storyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBtFTF2ii7U

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I knew a Guy at the University in Mexico City, who was doing a Masters in Love… he was a Loser

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Hi Brian, against some opinions , It´s a great idea. The people that changes the world never heard others.
Love is all, is inspirational, is sensitive, is in the air. I read a lot of books of Leo, but I never heard of a Love course.
But I also think that you have to leave celebrities. Why ? They are really in love ? You see everybody changing couples everytime. That´s not love. That sexual attraction (and it´s good, but not love). Love is more than that. If you want to make a Tv show with celebrities do it as Californication. But love have different forms (look what Mazen posted) , infinite, and we have to learn of all them. I am sure a serious and good production will be great, but if you want celebrities, read Hello, Hola, People. and so on. (sorry Laurelle…I do not like that kind of love) That has a lot of sales and sponsors, so if you do that you are not looking what Leo defines as love, you are looking for money.
There are also an argetinean writer call Jorge Bucay , a little more “light” than Leo.Go on
Carlos

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Ricardo…that loser may take a Master of attraction, not love. And who said is a loser ? You ? Why ? Does not count to quantity , counts the quality.

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Brian Salmi wrote:laurelie:you know, i think the world is already awash in banal tabloid gossip, so… ummm… no, that’s not the kind of stuff i’m thinking about!here, however, is something that would make a great fit – a beautiful inter-species love story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBtFTF2ii7U

i agree, banal celebrity gossip, boring. but that sounds like that is where you’re heading?

i like the link, very sweet

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to remind the world of the core importance of love is awesome. the concept itself is bringing love back into the world!and it would be great to spread the awareness that love isn’t attachment – most people think that love is a mix of possession and emotion. this easily makes a hell out of relationships.anyway u do it should be fun. i am not very into tv and the likes, but we can always use the internet. if we all end up agreeing on a concept perspective count me for a share of music and production work.Wed Sep 01 16:50:14 -0400 2010

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Brian SalmiBrian SalmiBrian Salmi laurelie and carlos:not heading into celeb tabloid trash bins at all.forgive me for not explaining what i mean properly. allow me to illuminate:a celeb, in the context of my idea of this show, is not limited to the likes of those who crave the slimelight of tabloid covers.

think of stephen hawking giving his thoughts about, and experiences with/in, love.

what does warren buffet think/know about love?

gorbachev? did love help him end the soviet union? did he talk to his loving pet dog (if he had one) while he was going through the multiple hells he must have endured?

in buscaglia’s first book, he writes about an ivy league (harvard maybe), world renowned economist, who revised his best selling text book to include a chapter about how love effects economics.

his peers asked, “have you lost your mind?”

he replied, “on the contrary, i’ve just found it.”

again: ours is an idolatrous species. having a celebrity component to the show is necessary in order for it to be successful. that does not mean it has to be dumb. in fact, it won’t work if it’s dumb.

but to assure commercial doom by excluding a celeb aspect would be criminal. that would deprive “the world” of an opportunity to understand more about love, share love and most importantly GROW love.

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Brian SalmiBrian SalmiBrian Salmi pedro:thank you.

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David CarterDavid CarterDavid Carter This is an outstanding idea. Let’s discuss further. I believe a great tv idea can be created from the seeds you have sown here.

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David CarterDavid CarterDavid Carter This is an outstanding idea. Let’s discuss further. I believe a great tv idea can be created from the seeds you have sown here.
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