TED Circles

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TED Circles is an open community of small groups that discuss big ideas.

Hosted by volunteers, Circles discuss a TED Talk about the monthly theme. By considering each other’s perspectives, they create a global conversation. That conversation needs everyone so we hope you join as a host or as a guest.

Circles help communities stay connected, especially now. The video illustrates how you can host your own!

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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).

Want to host a TED Circle?

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This Month

April | Appreciating EarthJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

Emma MarrisNature is everywhere — we just need to learn to see it

Conversation starters

  • How do you define your locale’s nature? Is nature everywhere, nowhere, or somewhere in between? Describe in detail or share images to illustrate what you mean.
  • Has this talk challenged you to see your surroundings differently? If so, how? If not, why not?
  • Where do kids in your area interact with nature? Brainstorm ways to engage children more with their surroundings. Additional resource: Nirupa Rao's Talk
  • What is your favorite piece of nature on Earth? What untended patch of nature can you embrace in order to better nurture nature?

Menno SchilthuizenHow animals and plants are evolving in cities

Conversation starters

  • Schilthuizen shares some unexpected ways that creatures have adapted to the urban jungle. Which evolutionary adaptation impressed you the most?
  • How has your region changed in your lifetime? What animal-friendly environments have come and gone? Additional resource: Prosanta Chakrabarty's Talk
  • Picture a plant or animal you’ve seen in your region. What adaptations might it have undergone to survive in your changing landscape? Or, what sorts of environmental changes will it need to evolve to adapt to in the near future?
  • As Schilthuizen mentions, many species go extinct because of the change to their environment. How might we make our urban spaces more habitable so that the species that do evolve and those that otherwise can’t are both able to survive?

Enrico Ramirez-RuizYour body was forged in the spectacular death of stars

Conversation starters

  • What came to mind during this talk? Did your mind stay in the present, travel light years away, or reconsider what you see when you look up at the night sky?
  • What did this astrophysics history lesson teach you about cosmic life and Earth life? Additional resource: Dave Brain's Talk
  • Which historical figure’s atoms are you the most excited to know created the oxygen atoms you breathe and the very atoms that make you?
  • How does the metaphor between our atoms and the Chichimecan myth resonate with you? What would it look like to 'treasure and share every single one of our pieces'? How might that make us 'become more complete'?

Marah J. HardtAre we interrupting the kinky sex lives of fish?

Conversation starters

  • How has Hardt’s talk helped you see sea life differently? Additional resource: Heidi Sosik's Talk
  • In what ways are your habits connected with the ocean? Consider your diet, travel, and consumer goods.
  • What adjustments are you willing to make to ensure that sea life can continue?
  • The sex lives of fish can be truly fascinating. What bit of trivia do you think you’re most likely to remember from this talk?

Upcoming months

May | Risk-takingJoin 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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March | Consumption, what's your function?Join an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

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February | Our memoriesJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

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January | Intergenerational learningJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

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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.

  • TEDxBarletta
    Online
    16 Apr 2021
  • Rosalyn Komol
    Online
    16 Apr 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    16 Apr 2021
  • Preeti Chaudhary
    Online
    16 Apr 2021
  • Tracy Currie
    Online
    16 Apr 2021
  • Zachary Solie
    New Berlin
    16 Apr 2021
  • Wiputra Cendana
    Online
    16 Apr 2021
  • COEP
    Online
    17 Apr 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    17 Apr 2021
  • Shagufta Moghal, Lahore College for Women University, TEDxLCWU
    Online
    17 Apr 2021
  • Priy Dwivedi
    Online
    17 Apr 2021
  • Anmol Agnihotri and Kanak Agnihotri
    Online
    18 Apr 2021
  • Anushka Goel
    Online
    18 Apr 2021
  • Indspark!
    Online
    18 Apr 2021
  • Kavein Thran
    Online
    18 Apr 2021
  • TEDxAnjo
    Online
    18 Apr 2021
  • Francesca Entrocassi
    Online
    19 Apr 2021
  • Dr Jawahar Surisetti
    Online
    19 Apr 2021
  • North Idaho College
    Online
    19 Apr 2021
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    19 Apr 2021
  • University of the Third Age
    Online
    19 Apr 2021
  • Gopi Krishan Bali
    New Delhi
    20 Apr 2021
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    20 Apr 2021
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    20 Apr 2021
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    20 Apr 2021
  • Pooja Maurya
    Online
    20 Apr 2021
  • Miro Leite
    Online
    20 Apr 2021
  • TEDxWaltham
    Online
    20 Apr 2021
  • Muhammad Farooqui
    Online
    20 Apr 2021
  • TEDxJohannesburg
    Online
    20 Apr 2021
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    20 Apr 2021
  • Rashmi Watel
    Online
    21 Apr 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    21 Apr 2021
  • TEDxYouth@CapeTown
    Online
    21 Apr 2021
  • Vicky Perez Valiño
    Online
    21 Apr 2021
  • Social Profit Corrections
    Online
    21 Apr 2021
  • Oksana Rovna and Chrissi Florke
    Online
    21 Apr 2021
  • Jacqui Chew
    Online
    21 Apr 2021
  • Silvia Solana and Fabiola Garcia
    Online
    22 Apr 2021
  • TEDxAscoliPiceno
    Online
    22 Apr 2021
  • TEDxTheBund
    Shanghai
    22 Apr 2021
  • TEDxUdine
    Udine
    22 Apr 2021
  • TED Singles
    Online
    22 Apr 2021
  • Stephan van de Ven
    Online
    22 Apr 2021
  • TEDxFirenze
    Online
    22 Apr 2021
  • TEDxTheBund
    Online
    22 Apr 2021
  • Prerna Foundation
    Online
    22 Apr 2021
  • TEDxWolverhampton
    Online
    22 Apr 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    22 Apr 2021
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    22 Apr 2021
  • TEDxBaiaMare
    Online
    22 Apr 2021
  • Down to Earth Fireside
    Online
    22 Apr 2021
  • TEDxWinchester
    Online
    23 Apr 2021
  • TEDxUDLAP
    Online
    23 Apr 2021
  • SISTEM
    Online
    23 Apr 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    23 Apr 2021
  • Rk Gautham and Kanwal Sujit
    Online
    23 Apr 2021
  • Wiputra Cendana
    Online
    23 Apr 2021
  • TEDxHamamatsu
    Hamamatsu
    23 Apr 2021
  • TEDxBaiaMare
    Online
    23 Apr 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    23 Apr 2021
  • Roselin Cabrales
    Online
    23 Apr 2021
  • TEDxJianye
    Online
    23 Apr 2021
  • Alessandra Will and Carla Dalzochio, Done English for Business People
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • The New York Public Library
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • TEDxMuenster
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • TEDxMünster
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • Jameson Ho and Miguel Domingo
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • Yoel Ben-Avraham
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • Shanghai Envision Education
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • Aina Aquino and Matthew Sy
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • TEDxSantaTecla
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • Gunjan Syal
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • 珍珍 李
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • Naveen Samala
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • Sandra Silva
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • Shandra Carlson, TEDxYYC
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • YOUNG CEO
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • Renata Moerbeck
    Online
    25 Apr 2021
  • Kavein Thran
    Online
    25 Apr 2021
  • Sara Vancil and Brian Vancil
    Online
    25 Apr 2021
  • UAA Alumni
    Online
    25 Apr 2021
  • IgnitedNeurons
    Online
    25 Apr 2021
  • Leah Stewart
    Online
    25 Apr 2021
  • TEDxShuguangLu
    Online
    25 Apr 2021
  • Hasan Atasoy
    Online
    25 Apr 2021
  • Alan Ragins
    Online
    25 Apr 2021
  • Renata Moerbeck
    Online
    26 Apr 2021
  • TEDxBonnSquare
    Online
    26 Apr 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    26 Apr 2021
  • Nathalie Carrasco
    Online
    26 Apr 2021
  • Lead from Insights
    Online
    26 Apr 2021
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    27 Apr 2021
  • TEDxTangamanga
    San Luis Potosi
    27 Apr 2021
  • Suzanne Piotrowski
    Online
    27 Apr 2021
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - The New York Public Library
    Online
    27 Apr 2021
  • Spike Humer
    Las Vegas
    27 Apr 2021
  • South Shore Literacy Council
    Online
    27 Apr 2021
  • John Bennett
    Online
    28 Apr 2021
  • Báltico Ideas
    Online
    28 Apr 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    28 Apr 2021
  • Virtasant Inc.
    Online
    28 Apr 2021
  • TEDxFirenze
    Online
    28 Apr 2021
  • Kushal Khemani
    Online
    28 Apr 2021
  • Professor Fabiano Gomes
    Online
    28 Apr 2021
  • ATD Golden Gate Chapter - North Bay GIG
    Online
    28 Apr 2021
  • Cinthia Lamba
    Online
    29 Apr 2021
  • Joshua Nuttall & CNandCO
    Online
    29 Apr 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    29 Apr 2021
  • Kitti Borissza
    Online
    29 Apr 2021
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    29 Apr 2021
  • Halil Emre Kocalar
    Online
    30 Apr 2021
  • Collaborate: ideas and images
    Online
    30 Apr 2021
  • Dr. Shoshannah Bryn Jones Square and Ana Benham and Genna Trindad and Kennedy Holick and Michelle Mendoza and Naaz Sidhu and Jasmeen Deol and Ravneet Sahota and Jasleen Johal and Emmanuel Juma and William Westerberg and Aaron Moy and Manveer Singh and Kristyn Ing and Alisha Chauhan and Calvin Tiu
    Online
    30 Apr 2021
  • Centene I.N.S.P.I.R.E. Tampa Chapter
    Online
    30 Apr 2021
  • Lucas Tibiriçá
    Online
    30 Apr 2021
  • Peggy Lu
    Brooklyn
    01 May 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    01 May 2021
  • Xiehaoxi Xie
    Online
    02 May 2021
  • 杨光雨露 杨
    Online
    03 May 2021
  • University of the Third Age
    Online
    03 May 2021
  • Alessandra Filippini
    Online
    04 May 2021
  • Syed Ahmad Rafey
    Online
    04 May 2021
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    04 May 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    04 May 2021
  • Simone Venancio e Francine Póvoa
    Online
    05 May 2021
  • Yi Chun Liu
    Chiayi
    06 May 2021
  • Yi Chun Liu
    Chiayi
    06 May 2021
  • Kevin Fornier
    Canggu
    07 May 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    08 May 2021
  • Rachid Amokrane and Madi Boukhalfa and Feyrouz Chebbi and Ourdia Hammadouche
    Online
    09 May 2021
  • Ebin Ephrem Elavatihingal
    Coimbatore
    09 May 2021
  • Centene
    Online
    11 May 2021
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    11 May 2021
  • TED Circles team
    New York
    12 May 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    13 May 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    13 May 2021
  • Zheng Qin
    Beijing
    14 May 2021
  • Cora Lonning
    Online
    15 May 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    15 May 2021
  • Career College Bhopal
    Online
    15 May 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    15 May 2021
  • NITIE Mumbai
    Online
    16 May 2021
  • University of the Third Age
    Online
    17 May 2021
  • Michele Duffy and Katherine van Es and Sheila Dwyer
    Online
    17 May 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    17 May 2021
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    18 May 2021
  • Rashmi Watel
    Online
    19 May 2021
  • Kanha Karisma
    Online
    19 May 2021
  • Stephan van de Ven
    Online
    20 May 2021
  • TEDxEdisonHighSchool
    Online
    21 May 2021
  • Shanghai Envision Education
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    25 May 2021
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - The New York Public Library
    Online
    25 May 2021
  • Suzanne Piotrowski
    Online
    25 May 2021
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Lagos
    25 May 2021
  • Professor Fabiano Gomes
    Online
    26 May 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    26 May 2021
  • Nathalie Carrasco
    Online
    27 May 2021
  • Sneha Sharma
    Online
    28 May 2021
  • Lucas Tibiriçá
    Online
    28 May 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    29 May 2021
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    29 May 2021
  • Greenfest
    Porto
    29 May 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    29 May 2021
  • Farah Sheikh
    Lahore
    30 May 2021
  • Leah Stewart
    Online
    30 May 2021
  • Nina Zupancic
    Online
    01 Jun 2021
  • University of the Third Age
    Online
    07 Jun 2021
  • Salvatore Mauro
    Rome
    08 Jun 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    09 Jun 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    10 Jun 2021
  • Lili Abdi
    Ardebil
    15 Jun 2021
  • Qianyi Ying
    Online
    19 Jun 2021
  • Fred Kagame
    Kigali
    20 Jun 2021
  • Romanian Academy of Medical Science
    Online
    20 Jun 2021
  • Suzanne Piotrowski
    Online
    22 Jun 2021
  • The New York Public Library
    Online
    22 Jun 2021
  • Rashmi Watel
    Online
    23 Jun 2021
  • Teachers Who Write
    Online
    23 Jun 2021
  • Nathalie Carrasco
    Online
    24 Jun 2021
  • Rob Auer
    Melbourne
    25 Jun 2021
  • Lucas Tibiriçá
    Online
    30 Jun 2021
  • Praise Emmanuel
    Port Harcourt
    04 Jul 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    08 Jul 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    14 Jul 2021
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Lagos
    26 Jul 2021
  • Lucas Tibiriçá
    Online
    30 Jul 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    11 Aug 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    12 Aug 2021
  • Politeknik Negeri Tanah Laut
    Online
    16 Aug 2021
  • Lucas Tibiriçá
    Online
    27 Aug 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    08 Sep 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    10 Sep 2021
  • Charles Shasky and Jessica Keherer
    Online
    23 Sep 2021
  • Environment and Sustainable Development Office
    Jeddah
    07 Oct 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    13 Oct 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    14 Oct 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    10 Nov 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    11 Nov 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    08 Dec 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    09 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 conversations to positively impact ourselves, our communities, and our world. Through TED Circles, a host can invite their friends, neighbors, strangers, or a mix to an in-person or online location 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 the discussion.

The video illustrates how Circles work and why TED believes in them.

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 occur monthly and last 1-2 hours.

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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