TED Circles is an open platform of small groups that meet for conversations about ideas.
Hosted by volunteers, these weekly or monthly gatherings empower us to dream and debate. Each TED Circle is unique and all are virtually connected through the TED Circles platform - making it possible for local conversations to reach a global scale. The video illustrates how Circles work 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
January | The futureShow Talks
February | How we loveShow Talks
September | World of wonderShow Talks
October | How to be a better humanShow Talks
November | Justice and societyShow Talks
December | Money mattersShow Talks
Suggest other themes and Talks here
Find a TED Circle
Here are the upcoming Circles and the monthly themes they will discuss. View previous Circles.
- Kitti BorisszaMedellin20 Jan 2020
- Arunraj SubbarajMuscat20 Jan 2020
- McPherson Public LibraryMcPherson, KS20 Jan 2020
- Ozay OzaydinIstanbul, Turkey20 Jan 2020
- Sep PashangToronto20 Jan 2020
- Travis BairdSan Antonio21 Jan 2020
- Cristina JuesasBilbao21 Jan 2020
- Antonia FluturicaBucharest21 Jan 2020
- University of Denver NortheastNew York, NY21 Jan 2020
- EJ BaeSeoul21 Jan 2020
- Joost de Bruin & Fleur TielbekeUtrecht21 Jan 2020
- Ellen MaloneyEdinburgh, Scotland22 Jan 2020
- Hasan Abo-ShallyHaifa22 Jan 2020
- Paul LuceroBloomington22 Jan 2020
- Yahya AlmarhabiJeddah22 Jan 2020
- TEDxWUSTLSt. Louis, MO23 Jan 2020
- TEDxCesenaCesena, Italy23 Jan 2020
- Celine ThirietLa Baule23 Jan 2020
- TEDxPiticHermosillo, Mexico23 Jan 2020
- TEDxUdineUdine25 Jan 2020
- Kebakaone MarumoGaborone25 Jan 2020
- Bryant A. GonzalesCebu City, Philippines25 Jan 2020
- Love Learning ConferenceLahore25 Jan 2020
- TEDxFerraraFerrara25 Jan 2020
- TEDxAnjoAnjo25 Jan 2020
- Elisa Santos & Sonja NeefOnline26 Jan 2020
- Jeri HammondChicago26 Jan 2020
- Kitti BorisszaMedellin27 Jan 2020
- TEDxLondonLondon27 Jan 2020
- Beth SocoskiTampa, FL27 Jan 2020
- TEDxLancasterLancaster, PA28 Jan 2020
- Wageningen UniversityWageningen, Netherlands29 Jan 2020
- Caroline McCarthyBrooklyn, NY29 Jan 2020
- Ibrahim IqbalSingapore29 Jan 2020
- Kelvin Hadinata WibowoKyoto29 Jan 2020
- Faber FuturesLondon29 Jan 2020
- Sally Coffman and Lindy BoeckChandler, AZ30 Jan 2020
- Safia Kerr & Ritta Yee FagainPhoenix, AZ30 Jan 2020
- Mona ReynosaHouston30 Jan 2020
- On The Road BCCenterCuritiba30 Jan 2020
- Think&TalkBogotá31 Jan 2020
- Jade Zhao & Lourdes M. TurrechaSan Francisco31 Jan 2020
- Monika BalazsBudapest31 Jan 2020
- TEDxHoustonHouston31 Jan 2020
- Jody ThoneStillwater, MN02 Feb 2020
- Kat HaberVail02 Feb 2020
- Kitti BorisszaMedellin03 Feb 2020
- TEDxBustoArsizioBusto Arsizio03 Feb 2020
- Morgane QuilfenAntwerp, Belgium04 Feb 2020
- Richard LucasKrakow05 Feb 2020
- Jo Dee DavisColumbus, OH05 Feb 2020
- Mel RosenbergRamat Gan05 Feb 2020
- Pamela Raitt & Russ StarkePhiladelphia06 Feb 2020
- Brantlee UnderhillNewtown Square, PA06 Feb 2020
- Kebakaone MarumoGaborone07 Feb 2020
- Conversations New YorkGreat Neck, NY07 Feb 2020
- TEDxNapierBridgeChennai08 Feb 2020
- Kitti BorisszaMedellin10 Feb 2020
- Antonia FluturicaBucharest11 Feb 2020
- TEDxPUCMinasBelo Horizonte12 Feb 2020
- Life Roots ConsultingCranbrook, BC12 Feb 2020
- Luis ViramontesZacatecas13 Feb 2020
- Julie Wilson & Alyssa HamptonNY, NY13 Feb 2020
- TEDxLancasterLancaster, PA13 Feb 2020
- TEDxCesenaCesena, Italy14 Feb 2020
- Morena PintoTrieste14 Feb 2020
- Lynn TabbaraLondon15 Feb 2020
- Bryant A. GonzalesCebu City, Philippines15 Feb 2020
- TEDxChanganDistrictXi'an, China15 Feb 2020
- Chris BaldwinBurton On Trent16 Feb 2020
- TEDxHangzhouHangzhou16 Feb 2020
- McPherson Public LibraryMcPherson, KS17 Feb 2020
- University of Denver NortheastNew York, NY18 Feb 2020
- Joost de Bruin & Fleur TielbekeUtrecht18 Feb 2020
- TEDxSeoulSeoul19 Feb 2020
- TEDxOshkoshOshkosh, WI19 Feb 2020
- TEDxLancasterULancaster, UK19 Feb 2020
- Jennifer Ganske & Dana RonanBallarat20 Feb 2020
- Ozay OzaydinIstanbul, Turkey20 Feb 2020
- Arunraj SubbarajMuscat20 Feb 2020
- TEDxLondonLondon20 Feb 2020
- Andrea OlsonDavenport, IA20 Feb 2020
- Brantlee UnderhillNewtown Square, PA20 Feb 2020
- Morena PintoTrieste21 Feb 2020
- Think&TalkBogotá21 Feb 2020
- Yahya AlmarhabiJeddah22 Feb 2020
- Joanne LawNarre Warren22 Feb 2020
- TEDxNingboNingbo22 Feb 2020
- Beth SocoskiTampa, FL24 Feb 2020
- TEDxLancasterLancaster, PA25 Feb 2020
- Millicent TraceyPark City, UT25 Feb 2020
- Yahya AlmarhabiJeddah26 Feb 2020
- Gerardo BetancourtMexico City27 Feb 2020
- John Cabot UniversityRome28 Feb 2020
- TEDxHoustonHouston28 Feb 2020
- TEDxVareseGallarate01 Mar 2020
- Jo Dee DavisColumbus, OH04 Mar 2020
- TEDxPUCMinasBelo Horizonte11 Mar 2020
- Mel RosenbergRamat Gan11 Mar 2020
- Jennifer Ganske & Dana RonanBallarat12 Mar 2020
- Morena PintoTrieste13 Mar 2020
- TEDxCoventGardenWomenLondon14 Mar 2020
- Luis ViramontesZacatecas19 Mar 2020
- Think&TalkBogotá20 Mar 2020
- Ozay OzaydinIstanbul, Turkey20 Mar 2020
- Brantlee UnderhillNewtown Square, PA20 Mar 2020
- McPherson Public LibraryMcPherson, KS23 Mar 2020
- TEDxLondonLondon23 Mar 2020
- Millicent TraceyPark City, UT25 Mar 2020
- Gerardo BetancourtCancún26 Mar 2020
- Joanne LawNarre Warren28 Mar 2020
- Antonia FluturicaBucharest31 Mar 2020
- Jo Dee DavisColumbus, OH01 Apr 2020
- Jody ThoneStillwater, MN04 Apr 2020
- TEDxPUCMinasBelo Horizonte08 Apr 2020
- TEDxCoventGardenWomenLondon11 Apr 2020
- Mel RosenbergRamat Gan12 Apr 2020
- McPherson Public LibraryMcPherson, KS20 Apr 2020
- Brantlee UnderhillNewtown Square, PA20 Apr 2020
- Ozay OzaydinIstanbul, Turkey20 Apr 2020
- Andrea OlsonDavenport, IA23 Apr 2020
- Luis ViramontesZacatecas23 Apr 2020
- Antonia FluturicaBucharest28 Apr 2020
- Gerardo BetancourtCancún30 Apr 2020
- TEDxCoventGardenWomenLondon09 May 2020
- Luis ViramontesZacatecas28 May 2020
About TED Circles
We believe that meaningful conversations create interpersonal connections that collectively strengthen communities. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
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.