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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

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

Talithia WilliamsOwn your body's data

Conversation starters

  • What's one biological thing in your life that you would be curious to track? What are some ways you could measure it?
  • Williams urged her audience to not be afraid to ask doctors to show them the data. Where else might this mantra be useful? Additional resource: Abraham Verghese's Talk
  • Williams’ talk demonstrates how tracking your own data helps you advocate for your medical health. Are there times when you've used your own expertise in a topic to negotiate with an authority figure?
  • Many apps enable this kind of data collection, from counting steps, to measuring heart rate, to tracking ovulation. Have you used one? If so, how was your experience with it? Do you know if the company has access to your data? If it does, how does it make you feel?

Aimee MullinsMy 12 pairs of legs

Conversation starters

  • How do you think the conversation around bodies has changed in the last 20 years?
  • How might society better support and normalize differently abled bodies?
  • What kind of prosthetics or modifications would you like to see as technology progresses? Get futuristic with it. Additional resource: Olivia Arthur's Talk
  • Which pair of legs Mullins showed were your favorite? Can you offer a new material or design that she could add to her collection? Be imaginative!

D-L StewartScenes from a Black trans life

Conversation starters

  • How much trans and Black history were you aware of before this talk? Additional resource: Karissa Sanbonmatsu's Talk
  • Did Stewart’s journey bring any realizations or new understandings about Black and/or trans lives today? Why or why not? Additional resource: Lee Mokobe's Talk
  • Which scene or piece of information from Stewart’s talk stands out to you the most? Why?
  • Who would you share Stewart’s talk with and why?

Paul KnoepflerThe ethical dilemma of designer babies

Conversation starters

  • Is there anything about genetic modified humans that worries you? What might that be? If not, why not?
  • Would you support allowing genetically modified 'designer' babies in your country? Are there any medical exceptions that you would allow? Why or why not?
  • Since Knoepfler’s talk, the first genetically edited babies (twins) were born with genes the doctor hoped would make them immune to HIV. Investigations found that the doctor did it in secret, broke laws, misled the parents, and failed safety protocols. Whatsmore, the children’s genes might fail to provide HIV immunity and their altered genes can be passed on. Does this real-life example make you support Knoepfler’s suggestion to halt “designer” babies or give you reason to legalize the practice so it happens under careful scrutiny?
  • Do you trust humans to make good choices with this technology? Why or why not?

Upcoming months

July | Agree to disagreeJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

Show talks

August | Irrational?

Coming Jul 1

Previous months

View all previous themes.

May | Risk-takingJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

Show talks

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

Show talks

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

Show talks

Suggest other themes and talks here

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.

  • Anushka Goel
    Online
    13 Jun 2021
  • Swareena Aggarwal
    Online
    13 Jun 2021
  • Pushti Vora
    Online
    13 Jun 2021
  • TEDxTangamanga
    San Luis Potosi
    13 Jun 2021
  • Analise Taylor
    Online
    13 Jun 2021
  • Prabodh Sharma and Bharat Garva and Jaydeep Patil
    Online
    13 Jun 2021
  • Anu Toor
    Online
    13 Jun 2021
  • Siddhi Deshmukh
    Online
    13 Jun 2021
  • ECHO
    Online
    14 Jun 2021
  • Lorna Prescott, CoLab Dudley
    Online
    14 Jun 2021
  • Edna Rodriguez
    Online
    14 Jun 2021
  • Kim Mundy
    Online
    14 Jun 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    14 Jun 2021
  • Paola Gómez
    Online
    14 Jun 2021
  • Analise Taylor
    Online
    14 Jun 2021
  • Geevarathna Geevarathna
    Online
    15 Jun 2021
  • José Adolfo Castañeda
    Online
    15 Jun 2021
  • TEDxTangamanga
    San Luis Potosi
    15 Jun 2021
  • Chinmayi Vaghasiya
    Online
    15 Jun 2021
  • Mariana Burghiu and Edel Connor
    Online
    15 Jun 2021
  • Lili Abdi
    Ardebil
    15 Jun 2021
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    15 Jun 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    16 Jun 2021
  • Andras David
    Budapest
    16 Jun 2021
  • Paramita High School's TED-Ed Club
    Online
    16 Jun 2021
  • Andras David
    Budapest
    16 Jun 2021
  • Community Development Empowerment Initiatives Program (CDEIP)
    Juba
    16 Jun 2021
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    16 Jun 2021
  • Township Library of Lower Southampton
    Feasterville
    16 Jun 2021
  • TEDxMoseley
    Online
    16 Jun 2021
  • Tyler Hsu
    Online
    16 Jun 2021
  • Pooja Maurya
    Online
    17 Jun 2021
  • TEDxHenderson
    Online
    17 Jun 2021
  • BAU Alumni
    Online
    17 Jun 2021
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    17 Jun 2021
  • Luciana Garcia - Hårsea Conteúdo
    Online
    17 Jun 2021
  • Vinay Ghule
    Online
    18 Jun 2021
  • Wiputra Cendana
    Online
    18 Jun 2021
  • Wiputra Cendana
    Online
    18 Jun 2021
  • TEDxCITBengaluru
    Online
    18 Jun 2021
  • Tracy Currie
    Online
    18 Jun 2021
  • Shanghai Envision Education
    Online
    18 Jun 2021
  • Mariyam Khan
    Online
    18 Jun 2021
  • Rodrigo Romano
    Online
    18 Jun 2021
  • Luis Vicente Garcia
    Online
    18 Jun 2021
  • Rosalyn Komol
    Online
    18 Jun 2021
  • Nupur Kohli
    Online
    18 Jun 2021
  • Raghunath Sosale
    Online
    18 Jun 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    19 Jun 2021
  • Ranjith Varakantam and Mallika Rao
    Online
    19 Jun 2021
  • Alan Ragins
    Online
    19 Jun 2021
  • Emerald Technology Group Inc,
    Online
    19 Jun 2021
  • Prabodh Sharma and Bharat Garva and Jaydeep Patil
    Online
    19 Jun 2021
  • Maria Hori Bordes and Susana Olguin
    Online
    19 Jun 2021
  • Lucila Caceres
    Online
    19 Jun 2021
  • TEDxAnjo
    Online
    19 Jun 2021
  • Kritika Ravichandran
    Online
    19 Jun 2021
  • Aryan Bajpai
    Online
    19 Jun 2021
  • Qianyi Ying
    Online
    19 Jun 2021
  • Sandip University
    Online
    19 Jun 2021
  • Chakilam Vasavi Sandhya
    Online
    20 Jun 2021
  • Prerna Foundation
    Online
    20 Jun 2021
  • Talent Reunion
    Online
    20 Jun 2021
  • TEDxKanke
    Online
    20 Jun 2021
  • Uwaye Soetan
    Online
    20 Jun 2021
  • Fred Kagame
    Kigali
    20 Jun 2021
  • Romanian Academy of Medical Science
    Online
    20 Jun 2021
  • UAA Alumni
    Online
    21 Jun 2021
  • Manoj Mehta
    Online
    21 Jun 2021
  • TEDxTangamanga
    Online
    21 Jun 2021
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    21 Jun 2021
  • Katy O'Leary
    Online
    21 Jun 2021
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    22 Jun 2021
  • Luis Vicente Garcia
    Online
    22 Jun 2021
  • Miro Leite
    Online
    22 Jun 2021
  • TEDxWaltham
    Online
    22 Jun 2021
  • Renata Kuhns
    Online
    22 Jun 2021
  • Syeda Saamara Mortada
    Online
    22 Jun 2021
  • Suzanne Piotrowski
    Online
    22 Jun 2021
  • TEDxLancaster
    Online
    22 Jun 2021
  • TEDxLondon
    Online
    23 Jun 2021
  • Teachers Who Write
    Online
    23 Jun 2021
  • Alessandra Filippini
    Online
    23 Jun 2021
  • High Performance School
    Online
    23 Jun 2021
  • TEDxMidAtlantic
    Online
    23 Jun 2021
  • Silvia Solana and Fabiola Garcia
    Online
    23 Jun 2021
  • Antoinette Sarpong
    Online
    23 Jun 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    23 Jun 2021
  • Rashmi Watel
    Online
    23 Jun 2021
  • Juan Carlos Quispe Hidalgo
    Online
    23 Jun 2021
  • Kgomotso Sekhute
    Online
    24 Jun 2021
  • Samrah Azam Chaudhri
    Online
    24 Jun 2021
  • TEDxWoodbridge
    Online
    24 Jun 2021
  • Sylvia Henderson
    Online
    24 Jun 2021
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    24 Jun 2021
  • TEDxUniversitateaPolitehnicaBucuresti
    Bucharest
    24 Jun 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    24 Jun 2021
  • TEDxBaiaMare
    Baia Mare
    24 Jun 2021
  • Nathalie Carrasco
    Online
    24 Jun 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    24 Jun 2021
  • Lead from Insights
    Online
    24 Jun 2021
  • WorkHere: Community Workspace
    Hereford
    24 Jun 2021
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    25 Jun 2021
  • Collaborate: ideas and images
    Online
    25 Jun 2021
  • TEDxHamamatsu
    Hamamatsu
    25 Jun 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    25 Jun 2021
  • Washington County Library System of Utah - New Harmony Branch
    Online
    25 Jun 2021
  • Rob Auer
    Melbourne
    25 Jun 2021
  • ThinkandTalk
    Online
    25 Jun 2021
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    26 Jun 2021
  • TEDxChangning
    Online
    26 Jun 2021
  • IgnitedNeurons
    Online
    26 Jun 2021
  • Chintan Oza
    Online
    26 Jun 2021
  • Cora Lonning
    Online
    26 Jun 2021
  • TEDxLasVegas & Las Vegas Global Shapers
    Online
    26 Jun 2021
  • YOUNG CEO
    Online
    26 Jun 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    26 Jun 2021
  • Ireremena Felix-Otuorimuo
    Online
    26 Jun 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    26 Jun 2021
  • TEDxUdine
    Udine
    26 Jun 2021
  • Naveen Samala (TGV Host)
    Online
    26 Jun 2021
  • Lakshmi Selvakumaran and Neha Satheesan, Indiahikes
    Online
    26 Jun 2021
  • TEDxBalneárioBarraDoSul
    Online
    27 Jun 2021
  • Rasha Tiozon
    Online
    27 Jun 2021
  • Leah Stewart
    Online
    27 Jun 2021
  • Samrah Azam Chaudhri
    Online
    27 Jun 2021
  • Nicole Lee
    Online
    28 Jun 2021
  • Luis Vicente Garcia
    Online
    28 Jun 2021
  • Sedigheh Shakib
    Online
    29 Jun 2021
  • TEDxEixample
    Online
    29 Jun 2021
  • TEDxNúñez
    Online
    29 Jun 2021
  • Vicky Perez Valiño
    Online
    29 Jun 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    29 Jun 2021
  • Ceren Samikiran
    Online
    30 Jun 2021
  • Celia Chen
    Online
    30 Jun 2021
  • Lucas Tibiriçá
    Online
    30 Jun 2021
  • Shikha Gupta
    Online
    01 Jul 2021
  • Anand Upender
    Brooklyn
    01 Jul 2021
  • Elaine Lim - TEST
    Online
    01 Jul 2021
  • Anand Upender
    Brooklyn
    02 Jul 2021
  • Woman with Wings
    Online
    03 Jul 2021
  • Woman with Wings
    Online
    03 Jul 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    03 Jul 2021
  • Praise Emmanuel
    Port Harcourt
    04 Jul 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    08 Jul 2021
  • Preeti Chaudhary
    Online
    09 Jul 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    10 Jul 2021
  • Sandip University
    Online
    10 Jul 2021
  • Paola Gómez
    Online
    12 Jul 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    14 Jul 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    14 Jul 2021
  • Eboni Henderson
    Online
    15 Jul 2021
  • Ajani Charles
    Online
    15 Jul 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    17 Jul 2021
  • Veidehi Patel
    Online
    17 Jul 2021
  • TEDxKanke
    Online
    18 Jul 2021
  • TEDxEixample
    Online
    20 Jul 2021
  • LEVEL
    Online
    21 Jul 2021
  • TEDxSanIsidro
    Online
    24 Jul 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    24 Jul 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    24 Jul 2021
  • Getachew Gebeyehu
    Online
    24 Jul 2021
  • Leah Stewart
    Online
    25 Jul 2021
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Lagos
    26 Jul 2021
  • TEDxLondon
    Online
    27 Jul 2021
  • Tracy Currie and Boomerang
    Online
    28 Jul 2021
  • WorkHere: Community Workspace
    Hereford
    29 Jul 2021
  • Chris Hardy and Aleaka Ince
    Online
    29 Jul 2021
  • Fola Alabi
    Online
    30 Jul 2021
  • Lucas Tibiriçá
    Online
    30 Jul 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    31 Jul 2021
  • CC Wang
    Beijing
    31 Jul 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    11 Aug 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    12 Aug 2021
  • Preeti Chaudhary
    Online
    13 Aug 2021
  • Politeknik Negeri Tanah Laut
    Online
    16 Aug 2021
  • TEDxKanke
    Online
    22 Aug 2021
  • Lucas Tibiriçá
    Online
    27 Aug 2021
  • Leah Stewart
    Online
    29 Aug 2021
  • Fotis Georgatos
    Online
    01 Sep 2021
  • Anand Upender
    Brooklyn
    02 Sep 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    08 Sep 2021
  • Preeti Chaudhary
    Online
    10 Sep 2021
  • Suzanne Piotrowski
    Online
    10 Sep 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    10 Sep 2021
  • Greenfest
    Porto
    11 Sep 2021
  • The New York Public Library
    Online
    21 Sep 2021
  • TEDxUNYP
    Online
    22 Sep 2021
  • Charles Shasky and Jessica Keherer
    Online
    23 Sep 2021
  • Stacie Sims
    Online
    23 Sep 2021
  • Leah Stewart
    Online
    26 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
  • Preeti Khirid
    Online
    11 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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