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TED Circles

TED Circles is an open platform of small groups that engage in conversations about ideas.

Hosted by volunteers, Circles watch and discuss a TED Talk and then share takeaways online to consider each other’s perspectives and create a global conversation. That conversation needs everyone so we hope you'll join as a host (registration below) and/or guest (monthly sign-ups below).

Circles can take place 100% virtually so they are helping communities stay connected, especially now. And in addition to monthly themes, there is special programming each month about what’s going on in the world so Circles’ discussions are as meaningful and relevant as possible.

The video illustrates how Circles work (in-person and online) and why TED believes in them.

Host a TED Circle

Anyone can host a TED Circle! Volunteers are required to register as a host and list each gathering. Once registered, you receive host resources, gain the ability to list the date and location of your Circles, and join a growing global community of TED Circle hosts.

You are responsible for finding a location, inviting people to participate, selecting a Talk related to the monthly theme, and facilitating a productive conversation. Hosting is an important role and TED wants to help you be a great host!

Want to host a TED Circle?

Register here

This Month

August | How change happensJoin an online Circle hosted by TED

Kelly Richmond PopeHow whistleblowers shape history

Conversation starters

  • Has this talk altered your view on whistleblowing? If so, how? If not, why not?
  • Richmond Pope notes that, in her experience, whistleblowers are hopeful, committed, humble and brave, yet are often described as anything but. What powers and dynamics are at play that lead to the vilification of these truth tellers?
  • As Richmond Pope asked, “When given the opportunity, would you actually speak up?” Take a moment to consider the hypothetical scenario and circumstances as you explain your answer.
  • Have you had a first hand experience involving the act of whistleblowing? Share with the group.

Megan Ming FrancisWe need to address the real roots of racism

Conversation starters

  • Ming Francis observes we have the wrong diagnosis (bad apples) and the wrong cure (education) for racism. Why is it that education alone is not enough?
  • Aside from validating Ming Francis’ experience, what else could the bystander airport worker (who noted the agent’s history of racist behavior) have done in this instance?
  • Ming Francis encourages us to “confront the ways that our actions and our institutions lead to a differential treatment of Blacks, even if done unintentionally.” On an individual and country-wide scale, how can you confront inequitable treatment of any group of people? Additional resource: Dolly Chugh | How to let go of being a good person and become a better person
  • What actions are you willing to take to fight racism at the institutional level (e.g. racial profiling, discriminatory hiring policies ) or interpersonal level (e.g. locking doors when Black people approach, internalizing biases that engender complacency)?

Naomi KleinHow shocking events can spark positive change

Conversation starters

  • Why do some events inspire longstanding action and change while other big moments seem to fade without the same impact?
  • Can you name any economic, social or other crises that have occurred in your country? What was the response? Give us your perspective on the outcome.
  • Which crises in your country or community do you wish held onto their initial momentum? How do you think the present would be different had they continued to galvanize change? How could you bring those thoughts and actions into the future?
  • How have shocking events in your personal life helped you to evolve?

Halla Tomasdottir & Bryn FreedmanThe crisis of leadership and a new way forward

Conversation starters

  • In your life — in big and small ways — have you noticed the “crisis of conformity” Tómasdóttir mentioned at the beginning of the interview? If so, how?
  • Are you seeing evidence of the “new leadership” Tómasdóttir speaks of — courageous, humble, moral and socially aware — in your own country and communities creating effective, long-term impact? If so, share an example. If not, why do you think it’s missing?
  • What do you think will transform after the global crises we’re experiencing now?
  • How could you incorporate Tómasdóttir’s perspectives and outlook into your own life and community?

Upcoming months

September | Leading with curiosityJoin an online Circle hosted by TED

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Previous months

September | World of wonder

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October | How to be a better human

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November | Justice and society

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December | Money matters

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January | The future

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February | How we love

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March | Who has power

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March | Special programming

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April | A changing world

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April | Special programming

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May | Life at its fullestJoin an online Circle hosted by TED

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June | ResilienceJoin an online Circle hosted by TED

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July | Designing with humanityJoin an online Circle hosted by TED

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Find a TED Circle

Here are upcoming Circles to which hosts invite their guests. If you would like to attend a Circle, join one hosted by our team (sign up link is under the monthly theme)!

View previous Circles.

  • Mensa Mexico
    Online
    15 Aug 2020
  • Tony Delgado
    Online
    15 Aug 2020
  • Brian Soft Global Services
    Online
    15 Aug 2020
  • Shena Nicole
    Online
    15 Aug 2020
  • Elena Crescia
    Online
    15 Aug 2020
  • Swaminathan Prabhuram Mudaliyar
    Online
    15 Aug 2020
  • RADIANTISM
    Surabaya
    15 Aug 2020
  • Tony Delgado
    Online
    15 Aug 2020
  • Jazmin Ortiz
    Cancún Quintana Roo
    15 Aug 2020
  • Talent Reunion
    Jeddah
    15 Aug 2020
  • Circulo.space
    Online
    15 Aug 2020
  • TEDxESPE
    Online
    15 Aug 2020
  • Bhanvi Menghani
    Online
    15 Aug 2020
  • The Brighter You Foundation
    Online
    16 Aug 2020
  • Santosh Akella
    Online
    16 Aug 2020
  • Puneet Singh
    Online
    16 Aug 2020
  • Pooja Maurya
    Online
    16 Aug 2020
  • Yuta Sugii
    Online
    16 Aug 2020
  • Tony Delgado
    Online
    16 Aug 2020
  • TEDxHangzhou
    Hangzhou
    16 Aug 2020
  • Kayoko Takahashi
    Online
    16 Aug 2020
  • Melissa Stewart
    Summerville
    16 Aug 2020
  • TEDxLeamingtonSpa
    Online
    16 Aug 2020
  • TEDxKCMT
    Kerala
    17 Aug 2020
  • Muhammad Ubaid Ullah
    Online
    17 Aug 2020
  • Puneet Singh
    Online
    17 Aug 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    17 Aug 2020
  • Kimien Consultores
    Cd.Torreon
    17 Aug 2020
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    17 Aug 2020
  • Natalia Krajewska
    Warsaw
    17 Aug 2020
  • Mukund Hari Nathany
    Online
    17 Aug 2020
  • TEDxVinnytsia
    Vinnytsia
    18 Aug 2020
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    18 Aug 2020
  • Muhammad Abid
    Online
    18 Aug 2020
  • TEDxToronto
    Online
    18 Aug 2020
  • TEDxPescara
    Online
    18 Aug 2020
  • Sacha Thompson
    Online
    19 Aug 2020
  • TEDxToronto
    Online
    19 Aug 2020
  • Ting-Ya Liang
    Online
    19 Aug 2020
  • Sylvia Henderson
    Online
    19 Aug 2020
  • TEDxTangamanga
    Online
    19 Aug 2020
  • TEDxGreshamPlace
    Online
    19 Aug 2020
  • Christopher Tuckett
    Online
    19 Aug 2020
  • TEDxPUCE
    Online
    20 Aug 2020
  • Jazmin Ortiz
    Cancún Quintana Roo
    20 Aug 2020
  • Alaa Abuzaid
    Jeddah
    20 Aug 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    20 Aug 2020
  • Dolapo Adeyemi
    Wallington, England
    20 Aug 2020
  • Rishab Jha
    Online
    20 Aug 2020
  • Eboni Henderson
    Online
    20 Aug 2020
  • TEDxNeiva
    Neiva, Colombia
    20 Aug 2020
  • TEDxStellenbosch
    Online
    20 Aug 2020
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    20 Aug 2020
  • DRMP, Inc.
    Online
    21 Aug 2020
  • Sujata Roy and Riddhi Doshi Patel
    Online
    21 Aug 2020
  • Khathutshelo Bapela
    Polokwane
    21 Aug 2020
  • Oscar Fernando Lopez Lara
    Online
    22 Aug 2020
  • TEDxYouth@Columbia
    Online
    22 Aug 2020
  • TEDxSuzhou
    Suzhou
    22 Aug 2020
  • End Incest Trust
    Online
    22 Aug 2020
  • Sunny Agarwal
    Online
    22 Aug 2020
  • Mishkat Junaid
    Islamabad
    22 Aug 2020
  • Talent Reunion
    Riyadh
    22 Aug 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    22 Aug 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    22 Aug 2020
  • KRIATIVESE
    Online
    22 Aug 2020
  • Dena Wiggins
    Online
    22 Aug 2020
  • Elena Crescia
    Online
    22 Aug 2020
  • Mandhir Dua
    Online
    22 Aug 2020
  • Ichi Kanaya
    Online
    23 Aug 2020
  • TEDxVITChennai
    Online
    23 Aug 2020
  • Cindy Salazar
    Online
    23 Aug 2020
  • Sacha Thompson
    Online
    24 Aug 2020
  • Fadia Bourbia
    Algeria
    24 Aug 2020
  • Aayati Sengupta
    Online
    24 Aug 2020
  • Talent Reunion
    Online
    24 Aug 2020
  • TEDxBanbury
    Online
    24 Aug 2020
  • Chiara Trevisani
    Online
    25 Aug 2020
  • Lorraine Lloyd
    Online
    25 Aug 2020
  • TEDxLondon
    Online
    25 Aug 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    25 Aug 2020
  • Doria Esther Benaim
    Valores Humanos
    25 Aug 2020
  • Transform This
    Online
    25 Aug 2020
  • Action Climate Studio
    Online
    25 Aug 2020
  • Koru Financial Therapy
    Online
    25 Aug 2020
  • TEDxToronto
    Online
    25 Aug 2020
  • Alejandra Lovera
    Online
    26 Aug 2020
  • TEDxLaFloresta
    Online
    26 Aug 2020
  • Veronica Vicente
    Online
    26 Aug 2020
  • TEDxMelbourne
    Online
    26 Aug 2020
  • TEDxToronto
    Online
    26 Aug 2020
  • Markels LLC
    Online
    26 Aug 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • Infinita Consulting
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • TEDxToronto
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • TEDxAbbotsford
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • TEDxNewcastleUniversity
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    27 Aug 2020
  • Rohit Kumar Verma
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • TEDxColoniaMiramonte
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • TEDxBolzano
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • TEDxStellenbosch
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • Olive Murphy
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • TEDxTemecula
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • Connection Revolutions
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • Sinead Welsh
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • TEDxNanhuSt
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • The Course Consultant
    Online
    28 Aug 2020
  • Christopher Tuckett
    Online
    28 Aug 2020
  • On The Road BCCenter
    Curitiba
    28 Aug 2020
  • Rouf Gives Back
    Online
    28 Aug 2020
  • TEDxLaFloresta
    Online
    28 Aug 2020
  • Think&Talk
    Bogota
    28 Aug 2020
  • Markels LLC
    Online
    28 Aug 2020
  • Subhalakshmi Modak
    Online
    29 Aug 2020
  • Elena Crescia
    Online
    29 Aug 2020
  • TEDxJSPMRSCOE
    Online
    29 Aug 2020
  • Circulo.space
    Online
    29 Aug 2020
  • The Teens Arena
    Online
    29 Aug 2020
  • TEDxPutalisadak
    Online
    29 Aug 2020
  • Yogita Nathgosavi
    Online
    29 Aug 2020
  • KRIATIVESE
    Online
    29 Aug 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    29 Aug 2020
  • Shena Nicole
    Online
    29 Aug 2020
  • SKILL-VANTA
    Online
    30 Aug 2020
  • Davide Caffi
    Online
    30 Aug 2020
  • TEDxLeamingtonSpa
    Online
    30 Aug 2020
  • Elena Crescia
    Online
    30 Aug 2020
  • TEDxVITVellore
    Vellore
    30 Aug 2020
  • Nicky Nazareth
    Online
    30 Aug 2020
  • Thomas Hufox
    Online
    30 Aug 2020
  • Dena Wiggins
    Online
    30 Aug 2020
  • Santosh Akella
    Online
    30 Aug 2020
  • Mishkat Junaid
    Islamabad
    30 Aug 2020
  • I-CERV
    Online
    30 Aug 2020
  • Maria Esposito
    Online
    31 Aug 2020
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    31 Aug 2020
  • Starlett Henderson
    Online
    31 Aug 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    31 Aug 2020
  • Qian Nivan
    Online
    31 Aug 2020
  • TEDxGreshamPlace
    Online
    31 Aug 2020
  • Elizabeth Adams
    Online
    01 Sep 2020
  • KMD Books
    Online
    01 Sep 2020
  • Khathutshelo Bapela
    Polokwane
    01 Sep 2020
  • Eileen Bartholomew
    Portland
    01 Sep 2020
  • Teej Cummins
    Online
    01 Sep 2020
  • Elena Crescia
    Online
    01 Sep 2020
  • Dolapo Adeyemi
    Wallington, England
    03 Sep 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    03 Sep 2020
  • TEDxStellenbosch
    Online
    03 Sep 2020
  • Ubuntu Culture LLC
    Online
    04 Sep 2020
  • Venkdesh Balasubramanian
    Online
    04 Sep 2020
  • Siddiquisir Train's
    Online
    04 Sep 2020
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    04 Sep 2020
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    04 Sep 2020
  • Brónagh Healey
    Online
    05 Sep 2020
  • Brian Soft Global Services
    Online
    05 Sep 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    05 Sep 2020
  • Esther Anteportamlatinam
    Online
    05 Sep 2020
  • Muhammad Abid
    Online
    05 Sep 2020
  • Elena Crescia
    Online
    05 Sep 2020
  • TEDxXardindoPosio
    Online
    05 Sep 2020
  • TEDxColoniaMiramonte
    Online
    05 Sep 2020
  • Ademar Cutang
    Online
    05 Sep 2020
  • TWK
    Online
    05 Sep 2020
  • TEDxKanke
    Ranchi
    05 Sep 2020
  • TEDxVillaUrquiza
    Online
    05 Sep 2020
  • TEDxVITChennai
    Online
    06 Sep 2020
  • TEDxHangzhou
    Hangzhou
    06 Sep 2020
  • Christopher Tuckett
    Online
    07 Sep 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    09 Sep 2020
  • Mattia Caruson
    Milan
    09 Sep 2020
  • Mohammad Alkhudari
    Online
    09 Sep 2020
  • Sudeep Krishna Menon
    Online
    09 Sep 2020
  • McCoy Consulting LLC
    Online
    09 Sep 2020
  • TEDxVillaUrquiza
    Online
    10 Sep 2020
  • TEDxStellenbosch
    Online
    10 Sep 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    10 Sep 2020
  • Esther Anteportamlatinam
    Online
    10 Sep 2020
  • Doria Esther Benaim
    Caracas
    10 Sep 2020
  • TEDxZanjan
    Online
    11 Sep 2020
  • Galit Ariel
    Online
    11 Sep 2020
  • Dena Wiggins
    Online
    11 Sep 2020
  • Markels LLC
    Online
    11 Sep 2020
  • Jose Canon
    Online
    12 Sep 2020
  • Mensa Mexico
    Online
    12 Sep 2020
  • Abe Mazliach
    online
    12 Sep 2020
  • Talent Reunion
    Jeddah
    12 Sep 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    12 Sep 2020
  • Claudia Cragg
    Online
    13 Sep 2020
  • Gopi Krishan Bali
    Online
    14 Sep 2020
  • Jose Canon
    Online
    15 Sep 2020
  • Khathutshelo Bapela
    Polokwane
    15 Sep 2020
  • Elena Crescia
    Online
    15 Sep 2020
  • Nicole Ramirez
    Online
    16 Sep 2020
  • Jose Canon
    Online
    16 Sep 2020
  • TEDxWolverhampton
    Online
    17 Sep 2020
  • Eboni Henderson
    Online
    17 Sep 2020
  • Dolapo Adeyemi
    Wallington, England
    17 Sep 2020
  • On The Road BCCenter
    Curitiba
    18 Sep 2020
  • TEDxPUCE
    Online
    18 Sep 2020
  • Jose Canon
    Online
    18 Sep 2020
  • TEDxPutalisadak
    Online
    19 Sep 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    19 Sep 2020
  • Kayoko Takahashi
    Online
    19 Sep 2020
  • RADIANTISM
    Surabaya
    19 Sep 2020
  • Talent Reunion
    Riyadh
    19 Sep 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    19 Sep 2020
  • Jay Jay
    Online
    20 Sep 2020
  • I-CERV
    Online
    20 Sep 2020
  • Talent Reunion
    Online
    21 Sep 2020
  • Liz Hurtado
    Hamburg
    22 Sep 2020
  • Khathutshelo Bapela
    Polokwane
    22 Sep 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    22 Sep 2020
  • Sinead Welsh
    Online
    23 Sep 2020
  • Thania Alpizar
    Guadalajara, mexico
    23 Sep 2020
  • Christopher Tuckett
    Online
    23 Sep 2020
  • Doria Esther Benaim
    Caracas
    23 Sep 2020
  • Olive Murphy
    Online
    24 Sep 2020
  • Doria Esther Benaim
    Valores Humanos
    24 Sep 2020
  • TEDxAbbotsford
    Online
    24 Sep 2020
  • Thania Alpizar
    Guadalajara, mexico
    24 Sep 2020
  • TEDxNeiva
    Neiva, Colombia
    24 Sep 2020
  • Rouf Gives Back
    Online
    25 Sep 2020
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    25 Sep 2020
  • Action Climate Studio
    Online
    25 Sep 2020
  • TEDxWinchester
    Winchester
    25 Sep 2020
  • Muhammad Abid
    Online
    26 Sep 2020
  • Elena Crescia
    Online
    26 Sep 2020
  • TEDxKanke
    Ranchi
    26 Sep 2020
  • TEDxJSPMRSCOE
    Online
    26 Sep 2020
  • I-CERV
    Online
    27 Sep 2020
  • Nicky Nazareth
    Online
    27 Sep 2020
  • TEDxGreshamPlace
    Online
    28 Sep 2020
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Online
    28 Sep 2020
  • Stanbridge University
    Online
    29 Sep 2020
  • Fadia Bourbia
    Algeria
    30 Sep 2020
  • Rasha Tiozon
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Dolapo Adeyemi
    Wallington, England
    01 Oct 2020
  • Raffaele Amodeo
    Online
    01 Oct 2020
  • Inclusive Startups
    Online
    01 Oct 2020
  • Ubuntu Culture LLC
    Online
    02 Oct 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • Ismailia STEM High School
    Cairo
    03 Oct 2020
  • Brónagh Healey
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • The BuildingBlocks Learning Centre
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • Muhammad Abid
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    07 Oct 2020
  • TEDxVillaUrquiza
    Online
    08 Oct 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    08 Oct 2020
  • Lakshmi Swathi Gandham
    Online
    10 Oct 2020
  • Elena Crescia
    Online
    10 Oct 2020
  • TEDxKanke
    Ranchi
    10 Oct 2020
  • Talent Reunion
    Jeddah
    10 Oct 2020
  • Caetano Tona
    Online
    12 Oct 2020
  • Renata Machado
    Online
    16 Oct 2020
  • Galit Ariel
    Online
    16 Oct 2020
  • On The Road BCCenter
    Curitiba
    16 Oct 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    17 Oct 2020
  • Kayoko Takahashi
    Online
    17 Oct 2020
  • TEDxPutalisadak
    Online
    17 Oct 2020
  • Thania Alpizar
    Guadalajara, mexico
    21 Oct 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    22 Oct 2020
  • Doria Esther Benaim
    Valores Humanos
    23 Oct 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • TEDxKanke
    Ranchi
    24 Oct 2020
  • RADIANTISM
    Surabaya
    24 Oct 2020
  • Action Climate Studio
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • Nicky Nazareth
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    26 Oct 2020
  • April Benjamin and Dawn Communication limited
    Lagos
    28 Oct 2020
  • April Benjamin and Dawn Communication
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • Thania Alpizar
    Guadalajara, mexico
    28 Oct 2020
  • Stanbridge University
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • TEDxAbbotsford
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Sinead Welsh
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Olive Murphy
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Muhammad Abid
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • TEDxJSPMRSCOE
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • Ubuntu Culture LLC
    Online
    06 Nov 2020
  • Galit Ariel
    Online
    06 Nov 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    07 Nov 2020
  • Mostafa Kashef
    Online
    10 Nov 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    11 Nov 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    12 Nov 2020
  • TEDxVillaUrquiza
    Online
    12 Nov 2020
  • Talent Reunion
    Jeddah
    14 Nov 2020
  • Elena Crescia
    Online
    14 Nov 2020
  • Rogerio Soares
    Online
    16 Nov 2020
  • On The Road BCCenter
    Curitiba
    20 Nov 2020
  • TEDxPutalisadak
    Online
    21 Nov 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    24 Nov 2020
  • Sinead Welsh
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    27 Nov 2020
  • April Benjamin and Dawn Communication limited
    Lagos
    28 Nov 2020
  • TEDxJSPMRSCOE
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • Eileen Bartholomew
    Portland
    01 Dec 2020
  • Stanbridge University
    Online
    03 Dec 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    09 Dec 2020
  • TEDxVillaUrquiza
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • Lakshmi Swathi Gandham
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    10 Dec 2020
  • Elena Crescia
    Online
    12 Dec 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    22 Dec 2020
  • TEDxZanjan
    Online
    25 Dec 2020
  • Obour STEM School
    Online
    06 Jan 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    13 Jan 2021
  • Stanbridge University
    Online
    19 Jan 2021
  • April Benjamin and Dawn Communication limited
    Lagos
    28 Jan 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    10 Feb 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    10 Mar 2021
  • April Benjamin and Dawn Communication limited
    Lagos
    28 Mar 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    14 Apr 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    09 Jun 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    14 Jul 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    11 Aug 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    08 Sep 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    13 Oct 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    10 Nov 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    08 Dec 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    12 Jan 2022

About TED Circles

TED Circles is a global community of curious people ewho discuss big ideas together. We believe in the power of ideas and frequent, face-to-face conversations to positively impact ourselves, our communities, and our world. Through TED Circles, a host can invite their friends, neighbors, strangers, or a mix - many who have not attended TED or TEDx events - into their home, school, office, and more 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 constructive conversations. Here’s a summary of what TED Circles are and are not:

  • They are volunteer-hosted, small, face-to-face (in-person, online) gatherings where topics are safely discussed.
  • They are not a TED event, they are not a club or a one-off gathering, and they do not sell things or raise money.

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 a TED Circle.

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?

Locations for TED Circles include yet are not limited to: homes, parks, cafes, schools, workplaces, libraries, etc... and extend to online spaces through video calls!

When do TED Circles take place?

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

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

Rules of engagement

TED Circles is an open platform 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 Circle Host is required to annually register their Circle on TED.com and list each gathering. 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 Circle Host must ensure the safety and comfort of their Circle.

Do it for public good

TED Circles are a volunteer endeavor and free to attend. Hosts may ask for in-kind contributions (such as food and meeting space). Hosts and participants 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, open-mindedness, debate, inclusion, and generosity. Agendas and self-promotion have no place in these conversations.

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