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TED Circles

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

Hosted by volunteers, Circles watch and discuss a TED Talk about the monthly theme. They share takeaways online to consider each other’s perspectives and create a global conversation. That conversation needs everyone so we hope you join as a host or as a guest.

Circles can take place in-person and online so they are helping communities stay connected, especially now. The video illustrates how Circles work and why TED believes in them.

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

November | Truth tellersJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

J. Marshall Shepherd3 kinds of bias that shape your worldview

Conversation starters

  • Of the three biases, which do you think people (yourself included) succumb to the most and why?
  • Was there a time when you didn’t believe something (big or small) was real when it actually was? What convinced you otherwise?
  • Where do you get your science news and information? Why do you trust that forum? Take a moment to share and discover each other’s different sources.
  • What influences shape your biases? Reflect then make a list, citing how you can overcome them.

Alex EdmansWhat to trust in a post-truth world

Conversation starters

  • Edmans says that “we accept a story uncritically if it confirms what we'd like to be true. And we reject any story that contradicts it. How often do we see this in the stories that we share and ignore?” Do you agree with this? Why or why not?
  • Can you recall any recent headlines or viral social media posts that do not pass Edmans’ 4-point test? Where do they fall short? Additional resource: Michael Patrick Lynch's Talk
  • It’s easy to accept persuasion in place of expertise. What are the dangers of this, and how can tips from Edman’s talk help prevent you from being falsely influenced in the future?
  • If we’re living in a “post-truth” world, what would a pro-truth world look like to you? What can we actively do ourselves (or actively give up doing) to advance it in our own lives?

Deborah LipstadtBehind the lies of Holocaust denial

Conversation starters

  • Why do you think people deny the existence of horrible things?
  • What are your thoughts on the rise in mashing facts, opinions and lies?
  • Have you encountered deniers in your own life? Whether historical or contemporary events, discuss the patterns you’ve noticed (and solutions, if possible).
  • Does Lipstadt inspire you to uphold the truth in the face of denial? Explain. Additional resource: Alexander Wagner's Talk

Julia ShawHow to support witnesses of harassment and build healthier workplaces

Conversation starters

  • What surprised you most about Shaw’s talk, and why?
  • Shaw lists five ways that organizations can better support victims of and witnesses to harrassment and discrimination. Does your workplace have these tools in place? If not, what are they lacking? Can you foresee a way to introduce them? Additional resource: Stephanie Busari's Talk
  • Do you think this video has increased your likelihood of reporting incidents of harassment and discrimination that you have witnessed? Why or why not?
  • What questions did this talk spark for you, if at all, and where might you find those answers?

Upcoming months

December | Building momentumJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

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Previous months

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October | Everyone's environmentJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
We can change climate change. #JointheCountdown

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September | Leading with curiosityJoin an online Circle hosted by TED

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August | How change happens

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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.

  • Mithinkumar Pentapalli
    Visakhapatnam
    23 Nov 2020
  • BLI Community and Social Impact
    Online
    23 Nov 2020
  • Mehak Sheikh
    Online
    23 Nov 2020
  • VOICES
    Online
    23 Nov 2020
  • Ruoqing Man
    Beijing
    23 Nov 2020
  • Vet Sustain
    Online
    23 Nov 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    23 Nov 2020
  • Lead from Insights
    Online
    23 Nov 2020
  • Vickey Raj
    Online
    23 Nov 2020
  • VIVA Forum Initiative Hong Kong
    Online
    23 Nov 2020
  • TEDxBanbury
    Online
    23 Nov 2020
  • Taisha O’Neal
    Charlotte
    23 Nov 2020
  • PINE CREST TED ED CLUB
    Fort Lauderdale
    24 Nov 2020
  • Prerna Foundation
    Online
    24 Nov 2020
  • Janani Arulmani
    Cincinnati
    24 Nov 2020
  • T-Minus 30
    Online
    24 Nov 2020
  • T-Minus 30
    Colchester
    24 Nov 2020
  • Love University Corp
    Online
    24 Nov 2020
  • Prerna Foundation
    Mumbai
    24 Nov 2020
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - New York Public Library
    Online
    24 Nov 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster
    24 Nov 2020
  • TEDxBoardingSchoolofHumanities
    Aktanysh
    24 Nov 2020
  • TEDxUCincinnati
    Cincinnati
    24 Nov 2020
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    25 Nov 2020
  • Shena Nicole
    Online
    25 Nov 2020
  • The ConfidenceVault
    Online
    25 Nov 2020
  • Samrah Azam Chaudhri
    Islamabad
    25 Nov 2020
  • Pippi Durie
    London
    25 Nov 2020
  • Doria Esther Benaim
    Caracas
    25 Nov 2020
  • Cinthia Lamba
    Cologne
    25 Nov 2020
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    25 Nov 2020
  • TEDxNantes
    Online
    25 Nov 2020
  • Helene Carpentier and Joanna Leyden
    Online
    25 Nov 2020
  • Paramita High School's TED-Ed Club
    Online
    25 Nov 2020
  • Ireremena Felix-Otuorimuo
    Online
    25 Nov 2020
  • Octavio Padilla and Miguel Marin
    Online
    25 Nov 2020
  • Help_2_Hired
    Melbourne
    25 Nov 2020
  • XR Banbury
    Online
    25 Nov 2020
  • Idea Sparring
    Online
    25 Nov 2020
  • Mohamed Salem
    Online
    25 Nov 2020
  • Aaron Landeros
    Mexico City
    26 Nov 2020
  • Green Diosa
    Buenos Aires
    26 Nov 2020
  • Juliette Magnier and Adrien Doridant and Stella Cristoforoni
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Tracy Currie
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Judy Jiang
    Shanghai
    26 Nov 2020
  • Psikocoaching Consulting
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Elica Avante
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Victoria Perez Valino
    Buenos Aires
    26 Nov 2020
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Olive Murphy
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Diana Guzmán-Caro and Claudia Murillo, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad del Rosario
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Diana Guzmán-Caro and Claudia Murillo
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Lyn Jardine
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Psikocoaching Consulting
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • TEDxDerryLondonderry
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Zoho Schools of Learning
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • TEDxSantaCruzdelaSierra
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Sinead Welsh
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Salomé Bideau and Rita Chidoub
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Anand Upender
    27 Nov 2020
  • Lois Sharbel and Sandra Lawler
    Online
    27 Nov 2020
  • Nicoló Codifsva
    Online
    27 Nov 2020
  • Philip Smith
    Waukesha
    27 Nov 2020
  • Irene Mantovani
    Milano
    27 Nov 2020
  • Irene Mantovani
    Milano
    27 Nov 2020
  • Neil Robinson
    Singapore
    27 Nov 2020
  • ECO2PROYECTOS
    Lima
    27 Nov 2020
  • Peter Maccario
    Online
    27 Nov 2020
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    27 Nov 2020
  • Iain Forsyth
    Online
    27 Nov 2020
  • Rasha Shanaz
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • Pooja Maurya
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • Irdina Jailani
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • Samuel Pruitt
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • Anousha Mohon
    Vacoas
    28 Nov 2020
  • Inder Space
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • STF Training educational institution
    Shenyang
    28 Nov 2020
  • TEDxXinyi
    Taipei
    28 Nov 2020
  • Skillvanta India
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • TEDxUniversitasIndonesia
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • Andiswa Machanyana and Nonzuzo M
    Johannesburg
    28 Nov 2020
  • Emerald Technology Group Inc
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • Charmie Cabiasa
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • Michael Ojo
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • TEDxKuwaitCityWomen
    Kuwait City
    28 Nov 2020
  • Elizabeth Ortiz and Luis Fernando Velez
    Guayaquil
    28 Nov 2020
  • Anand Damani and Ajay Jain and Mahendra Damani and Mahendra Singh
    Indore
    28 Nov 2020
  • Ciara Shannon and Dyan Jones
    Bowness on Windermere
    28 Nov 2020
  • YOUNG CEO
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • Simone Venancio
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • Ilya Ivanov
    Stavropol
    28 Nov 2020
  • Emem Opashi
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • TEDxJSPMRSCOE
    Online
    28 Nov 2020
  • April Benjamin and Dawn Communication
    Lagos
    28 Nov 2020
  • Gbenga Samuel
    Online
    29 Nov 2020
  • Ankush Nagpal
    Online
    29 Nov 2020
  • Autumn, NLR
    Little Rock
    29 Nov 2020
  • Raksita Rajagopal and Briana Castilla
    Online
    29 Nov 2020
  • TEDxVITChennai
    Online
    29 Nov 2020
  • James Little and Paul Litwin and Scott Henson
    Seattle
    29 Nov 2020
  • Shekhar Nain
    Online
    29 Nov 2020
  • Begüm Kütüklü
    Istanbul
    29 Nov 2020
  • Adam Ethan Loeb
    Online
    29 Nov 2020
  • Lisa Owen
    New Rochelle
    29 Nov 2020
  • Miguel Benitez
    Guadalajara
    29 Nov 2020
  • Ankush Nagpal
    Online
    29 Nov 2020
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    29 Nov 2020
  • Leah K Stewart
    Biggleswade
    29 Nov 2020
  • Ankush Nagpal
    Online
    29 Nov 2020
  • Paola Gomez
    Online
    30 Nov 2020
  • Paola Gomez, passionate IB educator and critical thinker.
    Online
    30 Nov 2020
  • Tatjana Markovic
    Banja Luka
    30 Nov 2020
  • TEDxMelbourne
    Online
    30 Nov 2020
  • Aga Khan Higher Secondary School
    Gilgit
    30 Nov 2020
  • TEDxNantes
    Online
    30 Nov 2020
  • Shitoshna Rastogi
    Lucknow
    30 Nov 2020
  • Mustafa Pishori
    Karachi
    30 Nov 2020
  • TEDxTangamanga
    Online
    30 Nov 2020
  • Fi Piercy
    Worcester
    30 Nov 2020
  • TEDxUF
    Online
    30 Nov 2020
  • TEDxMacedo
    Guarulhos
    30 Nov 2020
  • Paola Nadine Cortés Calzada
    Aguascalientes
    30 Nov 2020
  • Liz Escobar
    Mount Vernon
    30 Nov 2020
  • Lu Zhang
    Singapore
    30 Nov 2020
  • Rushank Goyal
    Online
    30 Nov 2020
  • Mohammad Alkhudari
    Online
    30 Nov 2020
  • Rashmi Watel
    Online
    30 Nov 2020
  • Alok Saxena
    Ghaziabad
    01 Dec 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    01 Dec 2020
  • Lisa Rogg
    Online
    01 Dec 2020
  • Donatella Caggiano
    Milan
    01 Dec 2020
  • Coalition for Conservation
    Sydney
    01 Dec 2020
  • Lavisha D
    Al Ain
    01 Dec 2020
  • Eileen Bartholomew
    Portland
    01 Dec 2020
  • Claudia Cerna and Maria Teresa Oresoli
    Online
    01 Dec 2020
  • TEDxFerrara
    Online
    02 Dec 2020
  • TEDxFerrara
    Ferrara
    02 Dec 2020
  • TEDxHenderson
    Online
    02 Dec 2020
  • TEDxTemecula
    Temecula
    02 Dec 2020
  • Raggi Kotak
    London
    02 Dec 2020
  • Rhonda Parkhurst
    Indianapolis
    02 Dec 2020
  • Gergely Földi
    Budapest
    03 Dec 2020
  • TEDxNewcastleUniversity
    Online
    03 Dec 2020
  • Stanbridge University
    Online
    03 Dec 2020
  • Massy Opico
    San Salvador
    03 Dec 2020
  • Coalition for Conservation Inc
    Sydney
    03 Dec 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    03 Dec 2020
  • TEDxEdisonHighSchool
    Online
    04 Dec 2020
  • OFFNEXT
    Online
    04 Dec 2020
  • Mustafa Pishori
    Online
    04 Dec 2020
  • Barbara Lewis
    Sydney
    04 Dec 2020
  • VisionVoice, Inc.
    Online
    04 Dec 2020
  • Kankshi Rajput
    Online
    04 Dec 2020
  • Activate Mental Health
    Perth
    05 Dec 2020
  • TEDxWaltham
    Online
    05 Dec 2020
  • Siddharth Gadepalli and Lakshmi Sangeeta Gadepalli and Meghna Thakur
    Online
    05 Dec 2020
  • Siddharth Gadepalli and Lakshmi Sangeeta Gadepalli and Meghna Thakur
    Austin
    05 Dec 2020
  • Uloma Ikpendu
    Portharcourt
    05 Dec 2020
  • Kuldip Singh
    Patiala
    05 Dec 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    05 Dec 2020
  • International STEAM Research
    Online
    05 Dec 2020
  • Cydney Moore
    Austin, TX
    06 Dec 2020
  • Bronagh Healey
    Online
    06 Dec 2020
  • Waltraud Reiner
    Melbourne
    06 Dec 2020
  • Anisha Valli
    Online
    06 Dec 2020
  • Manzoor Khan
    Hyderabad
    06 Dec 2020
  • University of the Third Age
    Online
    07 Dec 2020
  • TEDxJohannesburg
    Online
    08 Dec 2020
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    09 Dec 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    09 Dec 2020
  • TEDxRio
    Rio de Janeiro
    09 Dec 2020
  • Alex Bejasa and Miguel Domingo
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • TEDxUC3M
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • Anahita Yazdizadeh and Alireza Bagherzadeh and Setayesh Haghighat and Maral Tarameshlou and Sepideh S and Moghaddaseh M
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • Terry Moore and Veronica Price and Martin Medicus
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • TEDxWinchester
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • Lakshmi Swathi Gandham
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • Finwell Inc.
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster
    10 Dec 2020
  • Farah Hijazi
    Homs
    10 Dec 2020
  • Adrianna McQuaid
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • Olive Murphy
    Online
    11 Dec 2020
  • Cliona O’Hara
    Far hills
    11 Dec 2020
  • The ConfidenceVault
    London
    11 Dec 2020
  • Anu Nagendran
    Bangalore
    12 Dec 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    12 Dec 2020
  • Encores LifeWork
    New Delhi
    12 Dec 2020
  • International STEAM Research
    Online
    12 Dec 2020
  • Elena Crescia
    Online
    12 Dec 2020
  • TEDxBogota
    Online
    12 Dec 2020
  • Johnny Dea
    Online
    13 Dec 2020
  • Renata Moerbeck
    Online
    13 Dec 2020
  • Carolina Amézquita
    Guadalajara
    13 Dec 2020
  • Township Library of Lower Southampton
    Online
    14 Dec 2020
  • Epicenter Innovation
    Online
    14 Dec 2020
  • Anmol Agnihotri and Kanak Agnihotri
    Ghaziabad
    15 Dec 2020
  • Charles A. Cudjoe
    Abuja
    15 Dec 2020
  • Dynamic Education and Tuition Centre Pvt Ltd
    Online
    15 Dec 2020
  • Denis Mazini
    Online
    15 Dec 2020
  • Rethink the world
    Online
    15 Dec 2020
  • Michelle Wendt
    Mequon
    16 Dec 2020
  • WorkVisible
    Perth
    16 Dec 2020
  • Sarah Bowers
    Online
    16 Dec 2020
  • Jacqui Mcallister
    Ballymena
    17 Dec 2020
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    17 Dec 2020
  • Jacqui Mcallister
    Online
    17 Dec 2020
  • TEDxBustoArsizio
    Online
    17 Dec 2020
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - The New York Public Library
    Online
    17 Dec 2020
  • Ajani Charles
    Online
    17 Dec 2020
  • Vijendra Kumar
    Online
    17 Dec 2020
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    17 Dec 2020
  • Lindy Boeck and Sally Coffman
    Online
    17 Dec 2020
  • Berenice Ortiz and Claudia Plua Meissner
    Hamburg
    18 Dec 2020
  • Jamila Mindingall
    Online
    18 Dec 2020
  • Stella Kostopoulos
    Online
    18 Dec 2020
  • Rasha Tiozon
    Online
    19 Dec 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    19 Dec 2020
  • Julia Gonzales
    Online
    19 Dec 2020
  • Marianne Mahoney and Minji Lee
    Newton
    19 Dec 2020
  • Marianne Mahoney and Minji Lee
    Online
    19 Dec 2020
  • Yvonne Dalorto
    Jerez
    19 Dec 2020
  • TEDxRosario
    Rosario
    19 Dec 2020
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    19 Dec 2020
  • Hellenic Association for the Promotion of Rhetoric in Education
    Athens
    19 Dec 2020
  • TEDxVillaUrquiza
    Online
    19 Dec 2020
  • Andrea Perumal
    Johannesburg
    20 Dec 2020
  • Chakilam Vasavi Sandhya
    Hyderabad
    20 Dec 2020
  • Rita Pariyar
    Gorkha
    21 Dec 2020
  • Aspirin Business Solutions Ltd
    Online
    21 Dec 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster
    22 Dec 2020
  • TEDxZanjan
    Online
    25 Dec 2020
  • Gauri Nayak
    Thane
    25 Dec 2020
  • Dennis Baton
    Danao
    25 Dec 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    26 Dec 2020
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    28 Dec 2020
  • Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication - Symbiosis International University
    Pune
    28 Dec 2020
  • Mohammad Alkhudari
    Online
    29 Dec 2020
  • Zheng Dan
    Chengdu
    01 Jan 2021
  • Pramod Joshi
    Noida
    01 Jan 2021
  • Maximilian Paurat
    Hamburg
    04 Jan 2021
  • Rosemount Parks and Recreation
    Online
    06 Jan 2021
  • Obour STEM School
    Online
    06 Jan 2021
  • Ibrahim Hammad
    Online
    08 Jan 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    08 Jan 2021
  • The Creative Rise CIC
    Harrogate
    10 Jan 2021
  • Rethink the world
    San Francisco
    10 Jan 2021
  • Anahita Yazdizadeh and Alireza Bagherzadeh and Setayesh Haghighat and Maral Tarameshlou and Sepideh and Moghaddaseh, Afarinesh institute
    Online
    10 Jan 2021
  • Anahita Yazdizadeh and Alireza Bagherzadeh and Maral Tarameshlou and Setayesh Haghighat and Sepideh Sayeri and Moghadasseh Mehralitabar
    Garmsar
    10 Jan 2021
  • The Message Maestro
    Online
    11 Jan 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    13 Jan 2021
  • Sreela Gillams
    Online
    14 Jan 2021
  • Greg Zola and Dawn Henry and Peter Boyd
    Westport
    14 Jan 2021
  • Brenda Zhoya
    Southport
    16 Jan 2021
  • Mitch Barlas
    Santa Cruz
    18 Jan 2021
  • Stanbridge University
    Online
    19 Jan 2021
  • Inclusive Startups
    Online
    19 Jan 2021
  • SCALE Solutions
    Online
    20 Jan 2021
  • Charles Shasky and Jessica Keherer
    Online
    21 Jan 2021
  • Justine Hitchcock
    Düsseldorf
    23 Jan 2021
  • Denis Blidariu
    Bucharest
    23 Jan 2021
  • TEDxBanbury
    Online
    25 Jan 2021
  • April Benjamin and Dawn Communication
    Lagos
    28 Jan 2021
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    29 Jan 2021
  • World Tour Operator
    Genoa
    31 Jan 2021
  • G Sivalingam
    San Francisco
    01 Feb 2021
  • May Li
    Dallas
    01 Feb 2021
  • Humanitech
    Melbourne
    04 Feb 2021
  • Fu Minghao
    Yan Cheng
    08 Feb 2021
  • Bob Simpson
    Online
    09 Feb 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    10 Feb 2021
  • Bannari Amman Institute of Technology
    Perambalur
    22 Feb 2021
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    26 Feb 2021
  • Shivam Soni and Aasim Akhtar and Bushra Khan
    Bhopal
    27 Feb 2021
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Lagos
    28 Feb 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    10 Mar 2021
  • Mihika Tewari
    Brooklyn
    15 Mar 2021
  • TechIP Talent and Legal Consulting
    Bengaluru
    18 Mar 2021
  • April Benjamin and Dawn Communication
    Lagos
    28 Mar 2021
  • Humanitech
    Melbourne
    01 Apr 2021
  • Anuj Manoj Kumar
    Pune
    04 Apr 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    14 Apr 2021
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Lagos
    25 May 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    09 Jun 2021
  • Lili Abdi
    Ardebil
    15 Jun 2021
  • Fred Kagame
    Kigali
    20 Jun 2021
  • Romanian Academy of Medical Science
    Online
    20 Jun 2021
  • Rob Auer
    Melbourne
    25 Jun 2021
  • Praise Emmanuel
    Port Harcourt
    04 Jul 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    14 Jul 2021
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Lagos
    26 Jul 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    11 Aug 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    08 Sep 2021
  • Environment and Sustainable Development Office
    Jeddah
    07 Oct 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 small groups who 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 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 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 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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