TED Circles

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TED Circles

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

This Month

January | The future

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Upcoming months

February | How we love

Show Talks

Previous months

September | World of wonder

Show Talks

October | How to be a better human

Show Talks

November | Justice and society

Show Talks

December | Money matters

Show 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 Borissza
    Medellin
    20 Jan 2020
  • Arunraj Subbaraj
    Muscat
    20 Jan 2020
  • McPherson Public Library
    McPherson, KS
    20 Jan 2020
  • Ozay Ozaydin
    Istanbul, Turkey
    20 Jan 2020
  • Sep Pashang
    Toronto
    20 Jan 2020
  • Travis Baird
    San Antonio
    21 Jan 2020
  • Cristina Juesas
    Bilbao
    21 Jan 2020
  • Antonia Fluturica
    Bucharest
    21 Jan 2020
  • University of Denver Northeast
    New York, NY
    21 Jan 2020
  • EJ Bae
    Seoul
    21 Jan 2020
  • Joost de Bruin & Fleur Tielbeke
    Utrecht
    21 Jan 2020
  • Ellen Maloney
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    22 Jan 2020
  • Hasan Abo-Shally
    Haifa
    22 Jan 2020
  • Paul Lucero
    Bloomington
    22 Jan 2020
  • Yahya Almarhabi
    Jeddah
    22 Jan 2020
  • TEDxWUSTL
    St. Louis, MO
    23 Jan 2020
  • TEDxCesena
    Cesena, Italy
    23 Jan 2020
  • Celine Thiriet
    La Baule
    23 Jan 2020
  • TEDxPitic
    Hermosillo, Mexico
    23 Jan 2020
  • TEDxUdine
    Udine
    25 Jan 2020
  • Kebakaone Marumo
    Gaborone
    25 Jan 2020
  • Bryant A. Gonzales
    Cebu City, Philippines
    25 Jan 2020
  • Love Learning Conference
    Lahore
    25 Jan 2020
  • TEDxFerrara
    Ferrara
    25 Jan 2020
  • TEDxAnjo
    Anjo
    25 Jan 2020
  • Elisa Santos & Sonja Neef
    Online
    26 Jan 2020
  • Jeri Hammond
    Chicago
    26 Jan 2020
  • Kitti Borissza
    Medellin
    27 Jan 2020
  • TEDxLondon
    London
    27 Jan 2020
  • Beth Socoski
    Tampa, FL
    27 Jan 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    28 Jan 2020
  • Wageningen University
    Wageningen, Netherlands
    29 Jan 2020
  • Caroline McCarthy
    Brooklyn, NY
    29 Jan 2020
  • Ibrahim Iqbal
    Singapore
    29 Jan 2020
  • Kelvin Hadinata Wibowo
    Kyoto
    29 Jan 2020
  • Faber Futures
    London
    29 Jan 2020
  • Sally Coffman and Lindy Boeck
    Chandler, AZ
    30 Jan 2020
  • Safia Kerr & Ritta Yee Fagain
    Phoenix, AZ
    30 Jan 2020
  • Mona Reynosa
    Houston
    30 Jan 2020
  • On The Road BCCenter
    Curitiba
    30 Jan 2020
  • Think&Talk
    Bogotá
    31 Jan 2020
  • Jade Zhao & Lourdes M. Turrecha
    San Francisco
    31 Jan 2020
  • Monika Balazs
    Budapest
    31 Jan 2020
  • TEDxHouston
    Houston
    31 Jan 2020
  • Jody Thone
    Stillwater, MN
    02 Feb 2020
  • Kat Haber
    Vail
    02 Feb 2020
  • Kitti Borissza
    Medellin
    03 Feb 2020
  • TEDxBustoArsizio
    Busto Arsizio
    03 Feb 2020
  • Morgane Quilfen
    Antwerp, Belgium
    04 Feb 2020
  • Richard Lucas
    Krakow
    05 Feb 2020
  • Jo Dee Davis
    Columbus, OH
    05 Feb 2020
  • Mel Rosenberg
    Ramat Gan
    05 Feb 2020
  • Pamela Raitt & Russ Starke
    Philadelphia
    06 Feb 2020
  • Brantlee Underhill
    Newtown Square, PA
    06 Feb 2020
  • Kebakaone Marumo
    Gaborone
    07 Feb 2020
  • Conversations New York
    Great Neck, NY
    07 Feb 2020
  • TEDxNapierBridge
    Chennai
    08 Feb 2020
  • Kitti Borissza
    Medellin
    10 Feb 2020
  • Antonia Fluturica
    Bucharest
    11 Feb 2020
  • TEDxPUCMinas
    Belo Horizonte
    12 Feb 2020
  • Life Roots Consulting
    Cranbrook, BC
    12 Feb 2020
  • Luis Viramontes
    Zacatecas
    13 Feb 2020
  • Julie Wilson & Alyssa Hampton
    NY, NY
    13 Feb 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    13 Feb 2020
  • TEDxCesena
    Cesena, Italy
    14 Feb 2020
  • Morena Pinto
    Trieste
    14 Feb 2020
  • Lynn Tabbara
    London
    15 Feb 2020
  • Bryant A. Gonzales
    Cebu City, Philippines
    15 Feb 2020
  • TEDxChanganDistrict
    Xi'an, China
    15 Feb 2020
  • Chris Baldwin
    Burton On Trent
    16 Feb 2020
  • TEDxHangzhou
    Hangzhou
    16 Feb 2020
  • McPherson Public Library
    McPherson, KS
    17 Feb 2020
  • University of Denver Northeast
    New York, NY
    18 Feb 2020
  • Joost de Bruin & Fleur Tielbeke
    Utrecht
    18 Feb 2020
  • TEDxSeoul
    Seoul
    19 Feb 2020
  • TEDxOshkosh
    Oshkosh, WI
    19 Feb 2020
  • TEDxLancasterU
    Lancaster, UK
    19 Feb 2020
  • Jennifer Ganske & Dana Ronan
    Ballarat
    20 Feb 2020
  • Ozay Ozaydin
    Istanbul, Turkey
    20 Feb 2020
  • Arunraj Subbaraj
    Muscat
    20 Feb 2020
  • TEDxLondon
    London
    20 Feb 2020
  • Andrea Olson
    Davenport, IA
    20 Feb 2020
  • Brantlee Underhill
    Newtown Square, PA
    20 Feb 2020
  • Morena Pinto
    Trieste
    21 Feb 2020
  • Think&Talk
    Bogotá
    21 Feb 2020
  • Yahya Almarhabi
    Jeddah
    22 Feb 2020
  • Joanne Law
    Narre Warren
    22 Feb 2020
  • TEDxNingbo
    Ningbo
    22 Feb 2020
  • Beth Socoski
    Tampa, FL
    24 Feb 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    25 Feb 2020
  • Millicent Tracey
    Park City, UT
    25 Feb 2020
  • Yahya Almarhabi
    Jeddah
    26 Feb 2020
  • Gerardo Betancourt
    Mexico City
    27 Feb 2020
  • John Cabot University
    Rome
    28 Feb 2020
  • TEDxHouston
    Houston
    28 Feb 2020
  • TEDxVarese
    Gallarate
    01 Mar 2020
  • Jo Dee Davis
    Columbus, OH
    04 Mar 2020
  • TEDxPUCMinas
    Belo Horizonte
    11 Mar 2020
  • Mel Rosenberg
    Ramat Gan
    11 Mar 2020
  • Jennifer Ganske & Dana Ronan
    Ballarat
    12 Mar 2020
  • Morena Pinto
    Trieste
    13 Mar 2020
  • TEDxCoventGardenWomen
    London
    14 Mar 2020
  • Luis Viramontes
    Zacatecas
    19 Mar 2020
  • Think&Talk
    Bogotá
    20 Mar 2020
  • Ozay Ozaydin
    Istanbul, Turkey
    20 Mar 2020
  • Brantlee Underhill
    Newtown Square, PA
    20 Mar 2020
  • McPherson Public Library
    McPherson, KS
    23 Mar 2020
  • TEDxLondon
    London
    23 Mar 2020
  • Millicent Tracey
    Park City, UT
    25 Mar 2020
  • Gerardo Betancourt
    Cancún
    26 Mar 2020
  • Joanne Law
    Narre Warren
    28 Mar 2020
  • Antonia Fluturica
    Bucharest
    31 Mar 2020
  • Jo Dee Davis
    Columbus, OH
    01 Apr 2020
  • Jody Thone
    Stillwater, MN
    04 Apr 2020
  • TEDxPUCMinas
    Belo Horizonte
    08 Apr 2020
  • TEDxCoventGardenWomen
    London
    11 Apr 2020
  • Mel Rosenberg
    Ramat Gan
    12 Apr 2020
  • McPherson Public Library
    McPherson, KS
    20 Apr 2020
  • Brantlee Underhill
    Newtown Square, PA
    20 Apr 2020
  • Ozay Ozaydin
    Istanbul, Turkey
    20 Apr 2020
  • Andrea Olson
    Davenport, IA
    23 Apr 2020
  • Luis Viramontes
    Zacatecas
    23 Apr 2020
  • Antonia Fluturica
    Bucharest
    28 Apr 2020
  • Gerardo Betancourt
    Cancún
    30 Apr 2020
  • TEDxCoventGardenWomen
    London
    09 May 2020
  • Luis Viramontes
    Zacatecas
    28 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.

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.