TED Circles

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TED Circles is an open community of small groups that discuss big ideas.

Hosted by volunteers, Circles discuss a TED Talk about the monthly theme. By considering each other’s perspectives, they create a global conversation. That conversation needs everyone so we hope you join as a host or as a guest.

Circles help communities stay connected, especially now. The video illustrates how you can host your own!

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Host a TED Circle

Anyone can host a TED Circle! Hosts invite guests, select a talk about the monthly theme, and facilitate a productive conversation...it's that simple! Our host resources are available if you want to learn more.

Hosting is an important role and TED wants to help you be a great host! After you register as a host, you receive a welcome email confirming your hostname, granting access to our Circles registration and invitation generator, and inviting you to join our host community group (a special online space for hosts from around the world to connect).

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This Month

August | Irrational?Join an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

Julia GalefWhy you think you’re right -- even if you’re wrong

Conversation starters

  • Per Galef’s talk, do you consider yourself a scout, a soldier or is there another way you’d describe yourself?
  • Like scout and soldier, are there other creative metaphors you’d use to describe other interactions / mindsets?
  • Identify a time you doubled down on a viewpoint, even though you knew you were wrong. What were the factors that led you to doing so and does Galef’s talk help demystify that moment?
  • Where do you think this talk would be most useful in your own life or even in the wider world? Additional resource: Tara Haelle's Talk

Robert SapolskyThe biology of our best and worst selves

Conversation starters

  • What do you think spurs people to be cruel or altruistic?
  • How do you think your life and circumstances have influenced the way you treat others?
  • What do you know about your ancestors and how they lived — what do you feel has been lost or gained in terms of values?
  • If comfortable, share a story from youth or adulthood that affected you deeply. Would you say that moment positively or negatively altered you, and do you feel like you have (or have not) changed since then?

Chetan BhattDare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are

Conversation starters

  • What origin myths have influenced your life? Share an example or two.
  • Drawing from Bhatt’s talk or your own observations, what are the dangers of holding on too tightly to origin myths?
  • Bhatt describes when a British nationalist turns on an American television network, owned by an Australian, broadcast to a South Korean television set, bought with a Spanish credit card and paid off monthly to a local bank headquartered in Hong Kong. If these connections were revealed to the hypothetical nationalist, do you think they would reconsider their ideas around who or what does and does not belong in their community? Why or why not?
  • Bhatt says: “If we don't need origin stories and fixed identities, we can challenge ourselves to think creatively about each other and our future.” How might things be different if the myths that prescribe where we do and don’t belong weren’t there? What does that world look like to you?

Laurie SantosA monkey economy as irrational as ours

Conversation starters

  • Santos’ research found that capuchin monkeys are susceptible to the same financial mistakes as humans. Do you find this to be reassuring or humbling? Additional resource: TED-Ed animation
  • Santos highlights loss aversion, which biases humans (and monkeys) to do anything to avoid loss, even if it risks and diminishes success. Have you found yourself in a similar situation? Knowing what you know now, do you think you would do anything differently?
  • What are some ways you have found to stop making the same errors over and over again?
  • Santos encourages us to recognize our limitations and to use the world of design to overcome them. What is one human limitation that you would like to see surmounted? What is one idea for a design that might solve it?

Upcoming months

September | ImaginationJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
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Previous months

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July | Agree to disagreeJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
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June | Our bodiesJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

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May | Risk-takingJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

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Find a TED Circle

The Circles listed below are registered by hosts who invite their own guests. If you want to attend a Circle, join one hosted by our team! Also find out what Circles are discussing by visiting our community takeaways.

View previous Circles.

  • David Peña
    Online
    06 Aug 2021
  • Rosalyn Komol
    Online
    06 Aug 2021
  • Mohamed Salem
    Online
    06 Aug 2021
  • Hershey Pamela Buena
    Online
    06 Aug 2021
  • Wiputra Cendana
    Online
    06 Aug 2021
  • 子杰 黄
    Nanjing
    06 Aug 2021
  • Abhinandan Kumar
    Online
    06 Aug 2021
  • Ozay Ozaydin
    Istanbul
    06 Aug 2021
  • Germana Lavagna
    Barcelona
    06 Aug 2021
  • Mohamed Salem
    Online
    06 Aug 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    07 Aug 2021
  • Paramitha High School
    Online
    07 Aug 2021
  • Chinmayi Vaghasiya
    Surat
    08 Aug 2021
  • Pushti Vora
    Online
    08 Aug 2021
  • Humera Riyaz
    Online
    08 Aug 2021
  • Hao Yan Phee
    Online
    08 Aug 2021
  • Mihalik Judit
    Budapest
    08 Aug 2021
  • Renata Moerbeck
    Online
    08 Aug 2021
  • Gopi Krishan Bali
    New Delhi
    08 Aug 2021
  • Kriativese
    Online
    09 Aug 2021
  • Renata Moerbeck
    Online
    09 Aug 2021
  • Djazia Belhocine
    Online
    09 Aug 2021
  • Brandy Davis
    Online
    09 Aug 2021
  • Andre Piazza
    Online
    09 Aug 2021
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    10 Aug 2021
  • Mohamed Salem
    Online
    10 Aug 2021
  • Geevarathna Geevarathna
    Bengaluru
    10 Aug 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    10 Aug 2021
  • Varun Yadav
    Online
    10 Aug 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    10 Aug 2021
  • Simon Wang and Hejian Ma
    Hong Kong
    10 Aug 2021
  • Simon Wang and Hejian Ma @ HKBU
    Hong Kong
    10 Aug 2021
  • Miro Leite
    Online
    10 Aug 2021
  • Legal Learning Center
    Online
    11 Aug 2021
  • Blakehurst Residents' Association: Committee on Climate Change
    Online
    11 Aug 2021
  • Marina Musaieva
    Online
    11 Aug 2021
  • Ancy Cherian
    Online
    11 Aug 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    11 Aug 2021
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    11 Aug 2021
  • XR Banbury
    Online
    11 Aug 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    11 Aug 2021
  • Viya Qu
    Montreal
    12 Aug 2021
  • Voicing Youth
    Online
    12 Aug 2021
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    12 Aug 2021
  • Centene INSPIRE EIG
    Online
    12 Aug 2021
  • TEDxLancaster
    Online
    12 Aug 2021
  • TEDxISMAC
    Online
    12 Aug 2021
  • TEDxPortHarcourt
    Port Harcourt
    13 Aug 2021
  • Ireremena Felix-Otuorimuo
    Online
    13 Aug 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    13 Aug 2021
  • International STEAM Research
    Online
    13 Aug 2021
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    13 Aug 2021
  • TEDxPortHarcourt
    Port Harcourt
    13 Aug 2021
  • Ozay Ozaydin
    Istanbul
    13 Aug 2021
  • Memyselfmom
    Online
    13 Aug 2021
  • Jeremy Clopton
    Cape Fair
    13 Aug 2021
  • Preeti Chaudhary
    Online
    13 Aug 2021
  • Ghalia Turki
    Damascus
    14 Aug 2021
  • JoAnn Rolle
    Online
    14 Aug 2021
  • RAHUL N
    Online
    14 Aug 2021
  • TEDxGuangzhou
    Shanghai
    14 Aug 2021
  • Kritika Ravichandran
    Online
    14 Aug 2021
  • TEDxBalneárioBarraDoSul
    Online
    14 Aug 2021
  • Hilary Hao
    Online
    14 Aug 2021
  • Robotics Society of Kenya
    Kisii
    14 Aug 2021
  • Gunjan Syal
    Online
    14 Aug 2021
  • Activate Mental Health
    Perth
    14 Aug 2021
  • Amit Mohla
    Online
    14 Aug 2021
  • Rajeev YSR
    Online
    15 Aug 2021
  • CircleX
    New Delhi
    15 Aug 2021
  • Brandy Davis
    Online
    16 Aug 2021
  • Shena Nicole
    Online
    16 Aug 2021
  • Silvia Solana and Fabiola Garcia
    Online
    16 Aug 2021
  • University of the Third Age
    Online
    16 Aug 2021
  • Katy O'Leary
    Online
    16 Aug 2021
  • Politeknik Negeri Tanah Laut
    Online
    16 Aug 2021
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    17 Aug 2021
  • TEDxTangamanga
    San Luis Potosi
    17 Aug 2021
  • Hershey Pamela Buena
    Online
    18 Aug 2021
  • Virtasant Inc.
    Online
    18 Aug 2021
  • Rick Brooks
    Princeton
    18 Aug 2021
  • TEDxMidAtlantic
    Online
    18 Aug 2021
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    18 Aug 2021
  • Eboni Henderson
    Online
    19 Aug 2021
  • Lucila Caceres
    Online
    19 Aug 2021
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    19 Aug 2021
  • F and C Consulting Group
    Online
    19 Aug 2021
  • Lyrium Venture Partners Limited
    Online
    19 Aug 2021
  • Katrin Windsor
    Online
    19 Aug 2021
  • F&C Consulting Group
    Online
    19 Aug 2021
  • Mel De Jong
    Online
    20 Aug 2021
  • Roselin Cabrales
    Online
    20 Aug 2021
  • Julia Atalla
    Online
    20 Aug 2021
  • TEDxPUCMinas
    Online
    20 Aug 2021
  • Luis Vicente Garcia
    Online
    20 Aug 2021
  • TEDxWinchester
    Online
    20 Aug 2021
  • Bryant A. Gonzales
    Online
    20 Aug 2021
  • Amit Verma
    Online
    21 Aug 2021
  • Naveen Samala
    Hyderabad
    21 Aug 2021
  • TEDxUdine
    Udine
    21 Aug 2021
  • Chakilam Vasavi Sandhya
    Online
    21 Aug 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    21 Aug 2021
  • Kathie Murtey
    Online
    21 Aug 2021
  • TEDxHamamatsu
    Hamamatsu
    22 Aug 2021
  • TEDxKanke
    Online
    22 Aug 2021
  • Yoel Ben-Avraham
    Online
    22 Aug 2021
  • Paramita High School's TED-Ed Club
    Online
    22 Aug 2021
  • TEDxAnjo
    Online
    22 Aug 2021
  • Rasha Tiozon
    Online
    22 Aug 2021
  • Brandy Davis
    Online
    23 Aug 2021
  • Antoinette Sarpong
    Online
    24 Aug 2021
  • Lead from Insights
    Online
    24 Aug 2021
  • TEDxLancaster
    Online
    24 Aug 2021
  • Luis Vicente Garcia
    Online
    24 Aug 2021
  • Township Library of Lower Southampton
    Feasterville
    25 Aug 2021
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    25 Aug 2021
  • Báltico Ideas
    Bogota
    25 Aug 2021
  • ATD Golden Gate Chapter - North Bay GIG
    Online
    25 Aug 2021
  • Skydea
    Online
    26 Aug 2021
  • Giriraj Asar
    Online
    26 Aug 2021
  • Lukasz Mastalerz
    Online
    26 Aug 2021
  • Sylvia Henderson
    Online
    26 Aug 2021
  • TEDxTheBund
    Online
    26 Aug 2021
  • Ovalho
    Porto
    26 Aug 2021
  • Lauren Anders Brown
    Online
    27 Aug 2021
  • Aliza Masood
    Online
    27 Aug 2021
  • Meenear Sao, FAN TED Circles
    Online
    27 Aug 2021
  • Lucas Tibiriçá
    Online
    27 Aug 2021
  • Ireremena Felix-Otuorimuo
    Online
    28 Aug 2021
  • Chintan Oza
    Online
    28 Aug 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    28 Aug 2021
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    28 Aug 2021
  • YOUNG CEO
    Online
    28 Aug 2021
  • Chintan Oza
    Online
    28 Aug 2021
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Lagos
    28 Aug 2021
  • Stop Now
    Online
    28 Aug 2021
  • TEDxShanghai
    Online
    28 Aug 2021
  • CC Wang
    Beijing
    29 Aug 2021
  • Meadow Hall TED-Ed Club
    Online
    29 Aug 2021
  • Leah Stewart
    Online
    29 Aug 2021
  • IgnitedNeurons
    Online
    29 Aug 2021
  • South Beach Library
    Online
    30 Aug 2021
  • Brandy Davis
    Online
    30 Aug 2021
  • Luis Vicente Garcia
    Online
    30 Aug 2021
  • Xiuhui Sun
    Online
    30 Aug 2021
  • Robert Barnard-Weston
    Online
    30 Aug 2021
  • Meredith Cummings
    Online
    30 Aug 2021
  • TEDxTangamanga
    San Luis Potosi
    31 Aug 2021
  • Sunil Seth
    Online
    31 Aug 2021
  • Paramitha High School
    Online
    01 Sep 2021
  • Fotis Georgatos
    Online
    01 Sep 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    03 Sep 2021
  • Whitney Senior Center
    Online
    07 Sep 2021
  • TEDxYouth@ACSBeirut
    Beirut
    07 Sep 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    08 Sep 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    09 Sep 2021
  • Djazia Belhocine
    Online
    09 Sep 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    09 Sep 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    10 Sep 2021
  • Preeti Chaudhary
    Online
    10 Sep 2021
  • Suzanne Piotrowski
    Online
    10 Sep 2021
  • Kandis Dasi
    Online
    11 Sep 2021
  • Activate Mental Health
    Perth
    11 Sep 2021
  • Greenfest
    Porto
    11 Sep 2021
  • Muhammad Khan
    Online
    11 Sep 2021
  • Amar Meena
    Kota
    12 Sep 2021
  • TEDxPUCMinas
    Online
    15 Sep 2021
  • TEDxCrannTreesforIreland
    Dublin
    17 Sep 2021
  • Juan AbdelAziz
    Online
    20 Sep 2021
  • The New York Public Library
    Online
    21 Sep 2021
  • ELARAKI school TED-Ed club
    Marrakesh
    22 Sep 2021
  • WorkHere - Hereford Coworking Space
    Hereford
    22 Sep 2021
  • Scott Place and Scott Evich
    Online
    22 Sep 2021
  • TEDxUNYP
    Online
    22 Sep 2021
  • Charles Shasky and Jessica Keherer
    Online
    23 Sep 2021
  • Stacie Sims
    Online
    23 Sep 2021
  • Melissa Gokmogol
    Online
    24 Sep 2021
  • Melissa Gokmogol
    Online
    24 Sep 2021
  • Luis Alfaro and Lorna Jiménez
    Online
    24 Sep 2021
  • Vandana Khanna
    Online
    24 Sep 2021
  • CC Wang
    Beijing
    25 Sep 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • Access English Studio
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • Leah Stewart
    Online
    26 Sep 2021
  • Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
    Online
    27 Sep 2021
  • Farah Sheikh
    Online
    30 Sep 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    02 Oct 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    03 Oct 2021
  • Hindiependet
    Kota
    03 Oct 2021
  • Environment and Sustainable Development Office
    Jeddah
    07 Oct 2021
  • Tiara Silvente
    Online
    07 Oct 2021
  • Eszter Endrody
    Budapest
    09 Oct 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    13 Oct 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    14 Oct 2021
  • TEDxPUCMinas
    Online
    20 Oct 2021
  • Chris Hardy and Aleaka Ince
    Online
    28 Oct 2021
  • Asociación Cultural Peruano Británica
    Online
    01 Nov 2021
  • Josiane Couto Silva Josy
    Salvador
    06 Nov 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    09 Nov 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    10 Nov 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    11 Nov 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    11 Nov 2021
  • TEDxPUCMinas
    Online
    20 Nov 2021
  • TEDxSanIsidro
    Online
    21 Nov 2021
  • Nobre Ordem para a Excelencia Humana
    Online
    29 Nov 2021
  • TEDxPUCMinas
    Online
    05 Dec 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    07 Dec 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    08 Dec 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    09 Dec 2021
  • TEDxRankalaLake
    Online
    11 Dec 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    15 Dec 2021
  • Go Core Mind Body Soul
    Online
    04 May 2022

About TED Circles

TED Circles is a global community of small groups who discuss big ideas together. We believe in the power of ideas and conversations to positively impact ourselves, our communities, and our world. Through TED Circles, a host can invite their friends, neighbors, strangers, or a mix to an in-person or online location to discuss a variety of interesting topics. TED provides monthly themes, recommended talks, and specific conversation starters so the host can focus on engaging everyone in the discussion.

The video illustrates how Circles work and why TED believes in them.

FAQs

TED Circles are purposefully easy to adopt so they occur regularly plus they are easy to adapt so they reflect hosts’ and guests' style. With many possibilities come many questions:

Who can host a TED Circle?

Anyone! Register to host TED Circles.

Who can participate in a TED Circle?

Hosts invite guests to participate in their Circle.

What is discussed during a TED Circle?

TED provides monthly themes with aligned talks and questions to support, not limit hosts. Hosts are welcome to select any content that relates to the monthly theme. Further, hosts may suggest guests watch the content independently beforehand or together at the beginning of the TED Circle.

Where do TED Circles take place?

Taking place in-person and online, locations for TED Circles include yet are not limited to: homes, parks, cafes, schools, workplaces, libraries, and video calls.

When do TED Circles take place?

Scheduling can be set by the host or collaboratively agreed with guests. TED Circles are intended to occur monthly and last 1-2 hours.

If you have additional questions, please email tedcircles@ted.com

Rules of engagement

TED Circles is an open community which welcomes everyone who believes in TED's values and wishes to engage in constructive conversations about ideas. A volunteer-powered platform calls for some ground rules.

Each Circle is independent but all TED Circles are connected virtually and through a shared brand. Hosts and Circles that do not adhere to the spirit and rules of the program or harm the community in any way will be removed from the program and must discontinue the use of the TED Circles brand. If you notice non-compliance, please email tedcircles@ted.com.

Tell the world about your Circle

Every TED Circles host is required to annually register as a host and register each TED Circles event they host. This does not mean that the Circle is open to the public - hosts decide if the Circle is closed (by invitation only) or open (accepting new participants) - but it provides official designation as a TED Circle.

Show off your TED Circles affiliation

When a TED Circle is registered and active, the host may present themselves as a TED Circles host and use TED-provided TED Circles logo and designs. Always be clear that TED Circles are volunteer-hosted gatherings, not TED events produced by TED staff, and accordingly use the TED Circles logo, not the TED logo.

Be cool

Hosting is a big opportunity and responsibility. Each TED Circles host must ensure the safety and comfort of their guests.

Do it for public good

TED Circles is a volunteer endeavor and free to attend. Hosts may ask for in-kind contributions (such as food and meeting space). Hosts and guests may not use TED Circles to gain revenue sponsorship, make money, raise funds, or organize crowdfunding.

Focus on ideas

TED Circles uphold the spirit of TED, focusing on the power of ideas. Welcoming a wide range of perspectives, TED Circles encourage equal participation within a safe environment that promotes curiosity, inclusion, debate, and impact. Agendas and self-promotion have no place in these conversations.

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