x=independently organized event
TEDx began as a grand experiment. The program has been embraced with passion and dedication by hundreds, if not thousands of volunteer communities across the planet.
Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading”, the TEDx program was designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. Events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. TEDx events are open source, local and community-driven events that inspire innovation, thought leadership and visionary insight. Each TEDx event has their own name and organizational team. All TEDx events follow guidelines for content and formatting established by TED.
TEDxMarin is operated under a direct license from The TED Conference and enjoys a vibrant (and growing) membership of more than 2500 Bay Area executives and entrepreneurs.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.
TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize independent, TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.