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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.

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This Month

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

Per Espen StoknesHow to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming

Conversation starters

  • What type of appeal — emotional, fact-based, story-centered, ethical, etc. — works best to convince you to do something?
  • Before this talk, how did you feel about engaging in conversations about climate change — did you fit into one of the five inner defenses? How do you feel after watching this talk?
  • Discuss ways to incorporate Stoknes’ strategies into conversations with those in your life who may feel apocalypse fatigue. Propose hypothetical (or real) situations and Stoknes-inspired opportunities to counter them.
  • Are there organizations and climate activists you love or admire who are already using Stoknes’ techniques? If yes, share them and what they do. If no, brainstorm ways (such as a social media campaign or a reach out email) to encourage these individuals / groups to incorporate a different angle inspired by Stoknes.

Tom Rivett-CarnacHow to shift your mindset and choose your future

Conversation starters

  • Rivett-Carnac describes how sometimes, when we are faced with an enormous challenge that we don't feel we have any control over, we begin to think it’s not an important issue, that maybe it’s not happening how people describe it or that it’s too big a problem so it’s not worth trying. Have you ever found yourself in one of these situations? Will you now approach those situations differently? Why or why not?
  • In discussing the climate crisis, Rivett-Carnac says, “we can no longer afford the luxury of feeling powerless.” Why is powerlessness a luxury in this instance?
  • Has there been a moment in your life, be it solo or collaborative, at work or at school, or at home or in your community, when stubborn optimism and determined action led to a much-needed change? If so, share with the group. Are there any commonalities among your approaches?
  • Once we have rallied behind a cause (with stubborn optimism), what kinds of actions are necessary to see it through? It may be helpful to think of a cause or issue as a group (be it tackling climate change or coordinating a themed TEDx event) and think through a process.

Cheryl HolderThe link between climate change, health, and poverty

Conversation starters

  • In Holder’s community, the climate crisis is visible through significant health effects (as noted in the “Heatwave” mnemonic) and gentrification. Is the climate crisis visible in your community or your own life yet? If so, how is it showing up?
  • Holder outlines several steps that nurses, doctors, and pharmacists can take to lead a medical response to climate change. What are some actions that your own industry or peer group can do (or are doing) to meet this current challenge? Additional resource: Angela Francis' Talk
  • “Our lives are not only vulnerable but are stories of resilience, innovation and survival” says Holder. In a few decades, what is the story that you think will be told about the climate crisis? Will it be one of resilience, innovation, survival or defeat?
  • Holders recounts the collective effort to turn the tide on the HIV epidemic, while Rivett-Carnac draws inspiration from Great Britain’s resolve during WWII. What other historic precedents would you compare to our present moment, or use to persuade others that this is a struggle in which we can ultimately be victorious? And how do the themes of Rivett-Carnac’s talk reemerge in Holder’s impassioned presentation?

Kelsey LeonardWhy lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans

Conversation starters

  • How will you feel about water moving forward after watching Leonard’s talk?
  • How do you feel about companies having the same rights as people — did it surprise you, anger you, etc.? Do you agree that water should have those same protections?
  • Does this idea exist or has it been acted upon where you are? If not, is there a way to contact your representatives or rally organizations to consider it? Use Leonard’s action items at the end to help you brainstorm.
  • Beyond bodies of water, what other parts of nature do you believe should have the same legal rights as people? Why?

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    Online
    24 Oct 2020
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    Lahore
    24 Oct 2020
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    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • Lina Taylor
    San Diego
    24 Oct 2020
  • Lillian Gregory
    Wylie
    24 Oct 2020
  • TEDxHamamatsu
    Hamamatsu
    24 Oct 2020
  • TEDxRUPP
    Phnom Penh
    24 Oct 2020
  • TEDxPhiladelphia
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • Sofia Larrea
    Quito
    24 Oct 2020
  • Collegey
    Tacoma
    24 Oct 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • Andrew Gao
    San Diego
    24 Oct 2020
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • Sarah Bowers
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • TEDxKanke
    Ranchi
    24 Oct 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • RADIANTISM
    Surabaya
    24 Oct 2020
  • TEDxRUPP
    Phnom Penh
    24 Oct 2020
  • TEDxUPC
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • Hilary Hao
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • Sofia Larrea
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • Aleaka Ince
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • Joel Chan Po Yun and Rayernt Khor Jia Syern
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • Nada Jankovicova
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • Casey Moninghoff
    El Segundo
    25 Oct 2020
  • Parul Sharma
    Bangalore
    25 Oct 2020
  • Leah K Stewart
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • David Squires
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • Tianmei's World Academy
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • Pulkit Sardana
    Delhi
    25 Oct 2020
  • Nicky Nazareth
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • Action Climate Studio
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • Şerif Tuncel
    Kyrenia
    25 Oct 2020
  • Şerif Tuncel
    Kyrenia
    25 Oct 2020
  • Jennifer Goggans
    Fort Mill
    26 Oct 2020
  • TEDxBolzano
    Bolzano
    26 Oct 2020
  • TEDxWestshore
    Online
    26 Oct 2020
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    Online
    26 Oct 2020
  • TEDxUF
    Online
    26 Oct 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    26 Oct 2020
  • TEDxBanbury
    Online
    26 Oct 2020
  • TEDxSantaCruzdelaSierra
    Online
    26 Oct 2020
  • Pooja Maurya
    Online
    26 Oct 2020
  • Denis Mairena and Roberto Brenes
    Online
    27 Oct 2020
  • Mohammed Abdu
    logia
    27 Oct 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    27 Oct 2020
  • TEDxBonnSquare
    Online
    27 Oct 2020
  • Paramita TED Ed Club, Karimnagar,India
    Online
    27 Oct 2020
  • Nanisha Rajadurai
    Melbourne
    27 Oct 2020
  • 55 Places
    Chicago
    27 Oct 2020
  • Love University Corp
    Online
    27 Oct 2020
  • Love University Corp
    Online
    27 Oct 2020
  • Psikocoaching Consulting
    Online
    27 Oct 2020
  • Antoinette Sarpong
    Online
    27 Oct 2020
  • TEDxHeritageGreen
    Online
    27 Oct 2020
  • XR Banbury
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • Factory Tøyen
    Oslo
    28 Oct 2020
  • Ting-Ya Liang
    Taichung
    28 Oct 2020
  • TEDxNovara
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • TEDxSunValley
    Sun Valley
    28 Oct 2020
  • Ciara Shannon and Dyan Jones
    Bowness on Windermere
    28 Oct 2020
  • Iain Forsyth
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • Helene Carpentier and Joanna Leyden
    London
    28 Oct 2020
  • Tim Ward
    Biscarrosse
    28 Oct 2020
  • Carolynn Santos
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - New York Public Library
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • circulo.space
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • Robin Powers
    Buffalo
    28 Oct 2020
  • TEDxMelbourne
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • Courtney Little and Will Aubron
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • Giacomo Manzoni
    Milan
    28 Oct 2020
  • Carolynn Santos
    Oak Grove
    28 Oct 2020
  • April Benjamin and Dawn Communication
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • April Benjamin and Dawn Communication
    Lagos
    28 Oct 2020
  • Stanbridge University
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • Jade Brown
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • Thania Alpizar
    Zapopan
    28 Oct 2020
  • Tinisha the Author
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • Sherif El Diwany
    Cairo
    29 Oct 2020
  • Pranaav Parrth
    Abu Dhabi
    29 Oct 2020
  • Youth4sustainability, Innovate4good
    Abu Dhabi
    29 Oct 2020
  • Susan Joy
    Naples
    29 Oct 2020
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • TEDxBustoArsizio
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Stan Chen
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Pauline Olo and Elaine Lo
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Lisa Rogg
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Instructional Connections LLC
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Lagos
    29 Oct 2020
  • G2 Leadership Institute
    Cincinnati
    29 Oct 2020
  • TEDxColoniaMiramonte
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • WLA Sylmar Chapter
    Los Angeles
    29 Oct 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Valante Grant and Vanyce Grant
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Zoho Schools of Learning
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Canay Atalay
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Olive Murphy
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • TEDxAbbotsford
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Sinead Welsh
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Mallika Rao & Ranjith Varakantam
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Jialin Feng
    Guangzhou
    30 Oct 2020
  • Tom Stewart
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • ThinkandTalk
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Paola Fiore
    Milan
    30 Oct 2020
  • Margie Zonana
    Gaash
    30 Oct 2020
  • Sharon Pfister
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Kamilla Mask
    Kazan
    30 Oct 2020
  • Philip Hall
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Kitti Borissza
    Marrakech
    30 Oct 2020
  • Aadhyaaa Mashru
    Faridabad
    30 Oct 2020
  • TEDxWumaStreet
    Wenzhou
    30 Oct 2020
  • Liz Kingsley
    Kent
    30 Oct 2020
  • TEDxTehran
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Bhavyaa Fnu
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Lois Sharbel and Sandra Lawler
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Emily Nguyen
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Lucas Tibiriçá
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Mohammad Alkhudari
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Stella Kostopoulos
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
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    New York
    30 Oct 2020
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
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    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Shashank Goel
    Dehradun
    31 Oct 2020
  • TEDxSICAU
    Chengdu
    31 Oct 2020
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    Online
    31 Oct 2020
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    Online
    31 Oct 2020
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    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • Karim Eddine Sid
    Tebessa
    31 Oct 2020
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    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • Anousha Mohon
    Vacoas
    31 Oct 2020
  • Hang Out With Hemang's Climate Convos
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • Slobodan Mihajlovic and Alejandra Valencia
    Guadalajara
    31 Oct 2020
  • Skillvanta India
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • George Panicker and International STEAM Research
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • William Lambe
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • TEDxCrannTreesforIreland
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • Academic Leaders' Innovation Forum
    Faisalabad
    31 Oct 2020
  • Taiwo Peace Oyeniyi
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • Starlett Henderson
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • Rushank Goyal
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • Muhammad Abid
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • TEDxJSPMRSCOE
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • Hanif Chusnul
    Surabaya
    31 Oct 2020
  • Tatjana Markovic
    Banja Luka
    01 Nov 2020
  • Maša Kostanjevec
    Ljubljana
    01 Nov 2020
  • Richard Harrington
    Bali
    01 Nov 2020
  • Roman Evstigneev
    Online
    01 Nov 2020
  • Grant Fox
    Pittsburgh
    01 Nov 2020
  • Cafe Sol
    Islamabad
    01 Nov 2020
  • CM Garay and Brittany Solberg
    Minneapolis
    01 Nov 2020
  • Hamish Stewart and Seble Samuel
    Online
    01 Nov 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    02 Nov 2020
  • TEDxBrianza
    Online
    02 Nov 2020
  • Ngan Dao
    Ho Chi Minh City
    02 Nov 2020
  • Doubbakh Tarek
    Algeria
    02 Nov 2020
  • Ashi Bhargava
    Mumbai
    02 Nov 2020
  • Lori Stevic-Rust
    Chesterland
    02 Nov 2020
  • Nishat Ruiter
    Online
    02 Nov 2020
  • Richard Lucas and Mel Rosenberg
    Online
    03 Nov 2020
  • Haruna Karu
    Gombe
    03 Nov 2020
  • Yusuke Suzuki
    Online
    03 Nov 2020
  • WeCamp
    Milan
    03 Nov 2020
  • Michelle Wendt
    Mequon
    03 Nov 2020
  • Adore Me
    New York City
    04 Nov 2020
  • Giulia Di Crescenzo
    Rome
    04 Nov 2020
  • Benessere Animale Collateral Healings International Community Interest Company (BACHI CIC)
    Online
    04 Nov 2020
  • Octavio Padilla and Miguel Marin
    Mexico City
    04 Nov 2020
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    04 Nov 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    04 Nov 2020
  • Abbott WLA Sylmar Chapter
    Sylmar
    05 Nov 2020
  • YoSoy - Ingeniería para el Ser
    Medellín
    05 Nov 2020
  • Marina Willats
    Hamilton
    05 Nov 2020
  • Hossein Salamat
    Online
    05 Nov 2020
  • VisionVoice Inc.
    Online
    06 Nov 2020
  • Galit Ariel
    Online
    06 Nov 2020
  • Ubuntu Culture LLC
    Online
    06 Nov 2020
  • Brian De Guzman and Jo Torres
    Online
    07 Nov 2020
  • Marianne Mahoney
    Newton
    07 Nov 2020
  • Hellenic Association for the Promotion of Rhetoric in Education
    Athens
    07 Nov 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    07 Nov 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    07 Nov 2020
  • Renata Moerbeck
    Online
    08 Nov 2020
  • Epicenter Innovation
    Denver
    09 Nov 2020
  • I Am Perspective
    Online
    09 Nov 2020
  • Yair Cohen
    Pardes Hana
    09 Nov 2020
  • Jose Ramos
    Glen Allen
    09 Nov 2020
  • Bob Simpson
    Online
    09 Nov 2020
  • Gustavo Tissera
    Barcelona
    09 Nov 2020
  • Rotary Club of Sydney Cove
    Sydney
    10 Nov 2020
  • TEDxWINGSforGrowth
    Dublin
    10 Nov 2020
  • Mostafa Kashef
    Online
    10 Nov 2020
  • Athena Wisdom Institute
    Zürich
    10 Nov 2020
  • TEDxUtrecht
    Utrecht
    10 Nov 2020
  • Charles Monk
    Online
    10 Nov 2020
  • Damanpreet Kaur
    Meerut
    10 Nov 2020
  • Charles Monk
    Online
    10 Nov 2020
  • Charles Monk
    Online
    10 Nov 2020
  • Holley Martens and Rob Martens
    Cleveland
    11 Nov 2020
  • TEDxDasmarinas
    Dasmarinas City
    11 Nov 2020
  • Nurit Yankeleivch
    Online
    11 Nov 2020
  • Keith Dyer
    Nelspruit
    11 Nov 2020
  • Aquila’s Nest Vineyards
    Newtown
    11 Nov 2020
  • WorkVisible
    Perth
    11 Nov 2020
  • TEDxBogota
    Online
    11 Nov 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    11 Nov 2020
  • Torianne Schiff
    Online
    11 Nov 2020
  • TEDxYouth@Ferhadija
    Sarajevo
    12 Nov 2020
  • Simona Sinesi
    Online
    12 Nov 2020
  • TEDxVillaUrquiza
    Online
    12 Nov 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster
    12 Nov 2020
  • TEDxYouth@Ferhadija
    Sarajevo
    12 Nov 2020
  • Arianna Palomo
    Online
    12 Nov 2020
  • Asanda Daraza
    Online
    13 Nov 2020
  • Srijana Sharma
    Shillong
    13 Nov 2020
  • Srijana Sharma
    Shillong
    13 Nov 2020
  • Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu
    Lagos
    13 Nov 2020
  • Jamila Mindingall
    Online
    13 Nov 2020
  • Alison Seddon
    Online
    13 Nov 2020
  • Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
    Online
    13 Nov 2020
  • Facultad de Derecho UBA
    Online
    13 Nov 2020
  • Marianne Mahoney
    Online
    14 Nov 2020
  • Mariam Saeed Khan
    Online
    14 Nov 2020
  • Sujata Patnaik
    Hyderabad
    14 Nov 2020
  • Angeline John
    Coimbatore
    14 Nov 2020
  • Bernadette Ancog and Rob Dennis
    Cebu City
    14 Nov 2020
  • Brónagh Healey
    Online
    14 Nov 2020
  • Talent Reunion
    Jeddah
    14 Nov 2020
  • Taslima Ferdous
    Los Angeles
    14 Nov 2020
  • Elena Crescia
    Online
    14 Nov 2020
  • Srijana Sharma
    Online
    15 Nov 2020
  • Niraj Kumar
    Delhi
    15 Nov 2020
  • Dynamic Education and Tution Centre Pvt Ltd
    Online
    15 Nov 2020
  • Dynamic Education and Tution Centre Pvt Ltd
    Online
    15 Nov 2020
  • Dynamic Education and Tution Centre Pvt Ltd
    Online
    15 Nov 2020
  • Johnny Dea
    15 Nov 2020
  • Vikas Kumar and Arun Kumar
    Hyderabad
    16 Nov 2020
  • Township Library of Lower Southampton
    Online
    16 Nov 2020
  • Rogerio Soares
    Online
    16 Nov 2020
  • TEDxMestre
    Venice
    17 Nov 2020
  • TEDxWinchester
    Online
    17 Nov 2020
  • Greg Wood
    Chandler
    17 Nov 2020
  • TEDxTinHauWomen
    Online
    17 Nov 2020
  • Entevos
    Online
    17 Nov 2020
  • Denis Mazini
    Online
    17 Nov 2020
  • TEDxFerhadija
    Sarajevo
    17 Nov 2020
  • Michelle Wendt
    Mequon
    17 Nov 2020
  • Serene Seng
    Singapore
    18 Nov 2020
  • Sarah Bowers
    Online
    18 Nov 2020
  • Ajani Charles
    Online
    18 Nov 2020
  • TEDxBustoArsizio
    Online
    19 Nov 2020
  • TEDxWolverhampton
    Online
    19 Nov 2020
  • TEDxBrianza
    Online
    19 Nov 2020
  • Queila Moraes
    Niteroi
    19 Nov 2020
  • On The Road BCCenter
    Curitiba
    20 Nov 2020
  • Stella Kostopoulos
    Online
    20 Nov 2020
  • Christy Hopper
    Woodbridge
    20 Nov 2020
  • Joanna Nikolova
    Online
    21 Nov 2020
  • Sharanya Narayani International School
    Online
    21 Nov 2020
  • Joanna Nikolova
    Ommen
    21 Nov 2020
  • Chikealam Adiele and Franca Ayanka
    Port Harcourt
    21 Nov 2020
  • Bronagh Healey
    Online
    21 Nov 2020
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    21 Nov 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    21 Nov 2020
  • Renata Moerbeck
    Online
    21 Nov 2020
  • TEDxUPC
    Online
    21 Nov 2020
  • TEDxPutalisadak
    Online
    21 Nov 2020
  • Joyce Kaduki
    Nairobi
    21 Nov 2020
  • Neden Felsefesi
    Ankara
    21 Nov 2020
  • Rasha Tiozon
    Online
    22 Nov 2020
  • Louisa Mkhabela
    Tshwane
    22 Nov 2020
  • Encores LifeWork
    New Delhi
    22 Nov 2020
  • Chakilam Vasavi Sandhya
    Hyderabad
    22 Nov 2020
  • AutoInstitute
    Mumbai
    22 Nov 2020
  • Lead from Insights
    Online
    23 Nov 2020
  • Vickey Raj
    Online
    23 Nov 2020
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - New York Public Library
    Online
    24 Nov 2020
  • TEDxPrernaFoundation
    Mumbai
    24 Nov 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster
    24 Nov 2020
  • Ireremena Felix-Otuorimuo
    Online
    25 Nov 2020
  • Help_2_Hired
    Melbourne
    25 Nov 2020
  • Idea Sparring
    Online
    25 Nov 2020
  • Psikocoaching Consulting
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Zoho Schools of Learning
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • TEDxSantaCruzdelaSierra
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Sinead Welsh
    Online
    26 Nov 2020
  • Aaron Landeros
    Mexico City
    26 Nov 2020
  • ECO2PROYECTOS
    Lima
    27 Nov 2020
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    27 Nov 2020
  • Charmie Cabiasa, Xavier University, TEDxPhilippines
    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
  • Snand Damani and Ajay Jain and Mahendra Damani and Mahendra Singh
    Indore
    28 Nov 2020
  • Hemang Vellore and Uma Rani Vellore
    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
  • TEDxMacedo
    Guarulhos
    30 Nov 2020
  • Paola Nadine Cortés Calzada
    Aguascalientes
    30 Nov 2020
  • Lu Zhang
    Singapore
    30 Nov 2020
  • Rushank Goyal
    Online
    30 Nov 2020
  • Mohammad Alkhudari
    Online
    30 Nov 2020
  • Liz Escobar
    Mount Vernon
    30 Nov 2020
  • Lavisha D
    Al Ain
    01 Dec 2020
  • Eileen Bartholomew
    Portland
    01 Dec 2020
  • Coalition for Conservation
    Sydney
    01 Dec 2020
  • Rhonda Parkhurst
    Indianapolis
    02 Dec 2020
  • Stanbridge University
    Online
    03 Dec 2020
  • Massy Opico
    San Salvador
    03 Dec 2020
  • Uloma Ikpendu
    Portharcourt
    05 Dec 2020
  • Kuldip Singh
    Patiala
    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
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    05 Dec 2020
  • Waltraud Reiner
    Melbourne
    06 Dec 2020
  • Manzoor Khan
    Hyderabad
    06 Dec 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    09 Dec 2020
  • TEDxWinchester
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • Lakshmi Swathi Gandham
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • TEDxVillaUrquiza
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • Finwell Inc.
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • Adrianna McQuaid
    Online
    10 Dec 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster
    10 Dec 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    12 Dec 2020
  • TEDxBogota
    Online
    12 Dec 2020
  • Elena Crescia
    Online
    12 Dec 2020
  • Encores LifeWork
    New Delhi
    12 Dec 2020
  • Renata Moerbeck
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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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