TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

TED‘s mission of ‚Ideas Worth Spreading‘ reaches far beyond the conference and video series, encompassing a variety of projects and initiatives that leverage the power of ideas. TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a non-profit platform devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum – from science to business to global issues – in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independent TEDx events help share ideas in communities across the world.

Daniel Kraft

A global community, TED welcomes people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. Everything TED does is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?

The TED Talks video series is filmed at TED conferences, independent TEDx events and on other stages worldwide. TED.com distributes the more than 2,000 TED Talks and shares ideas. TED Conferences, which some attendees call ‘the ultimate brain spa’ and ‘a journey into the future in the company of those creating it’, feature speakers giving short talks and presentations, including music, performance and comedy.

But a TED Conference is broader still, showcasing important ideas from any discipline and exploring how they all connect. The format is fast paced with more than 50 talks over the course of a week, as well as morning and evening get-togethers. Attendees and speakers from vastly different fields can cross-fertilise ideas and draw inspiration from unlikely places. This is the magic of TED.

Mary Roach

Attendance at TED conferences is by application. The attendees (scientists, CEOs, designers, intellectuals) are as extraordinary as the speakers. TED‘s success is in bringing together up to 1,200 of the world‘s most remarkable people across many fields. The result? Unexpected connections. Extraordinary insights. Powerful inspiration. The TEDx programme enables individuals, organizations and communities worldwide to hold local, independent TED-like events. To date, more than 13,000 TEDx events have been held in 150 countries. The TED Fellows Programme invites innovators from across the globe to become part of the TED community and amplifies the impact of their remarkable work. The TED Translator programme invites volunteers worldwide to subtitle TED Talks. Up to now, more than 20,000 volunteers have created more than 90,000 translations in more than 100 languages.

Long enough to explore a powerful idea, but short enough to read in a single sitting, TED Books are original titles that pick up where TED Talks leave off. TED-Ed offers original, animated video lessons that can be watched online or used in the classroom. Educators can use the TED-Ed website to take any video and build a customized lesson around it. The TED Prize is a $1 million award that is given annually to an exceptional individual with ‘One Wish to Change the World’.

Monica Lewinsky

The TED Institute helps organisations unlock institutional knowledge and surface innovative thinking. TED Partnerships has a team that works with the world‘s leading corporations and foundations to connect the TED content and audience to their missions. The TED Distribution initiative helps TED Talks find new audiences on radio, in books, on TV and on websites across the world. TED Talks Education are one-hour programmes that bring together a diverse group of teachers and education advocates delivering short, high-impact talks on the theme of teaching and learning. The TED Residency programme is an incubator for breakthrough ideas. It is free and open to all via a semi-annual competitive application. Each resident also develops a TED talk and delivers it on a TED stage.

And if this isn’t enough, try TED’s Ideas Blog on topics such as technology, business, art and design, science, and ‘we humans’, or TED newsletters and studies. And may your summer be chockfull of wonderful ideas!


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