The inspirational phrase, “Ideas Worth Spreading”, has always been the motto of TED, a non-profit organisation endeavouring to encourage academic discussion and debate. It all started with a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, and the TED brand has now become synonymous with intellectual and philosophical engagement. The two annual TED conferences, which take place in Vancouver, invite deep thinkers from across the continents to share their inspirational thinking with global audiences. Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman are just a few of the names who have shared “ideas worth spreading”. Now, TED talks are posted daily on its website – TED.com and the brand also includes TED Translator and TED-Ed, which provide interactive transcripts and educational videos.
TEDx is a self-organised event created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to share ideas. TEDx allows passionate individuals to organise an event which sparks conversations within the local community. TEDx events include live speakers and recorded TED Talks and are organized independently under a free license granted by TED. These events are not controlled by TED, but event organizers agree to abide by the format, and are offered guidelines for curation, speaker coaching, event organizing and more. More than 3000 events are now held annually.