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

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

Kashfia RahmanHow risk taking changes teenager's brain

Conversation starters

  • Has Rahman’s talk changed how you view teens today or the decisions you made in your own adolescence? Why or why not? Additional resource: Gever Tulley’s Talk
  • Despite being about teens, how could you adopt some of Rahman’s learnings into your own life and understanding of yourself? Or if you know a teen, how could this talk influence how you connect with them?
  • We were all teens once. Do you have an outrageous or reckless story that you’d like to share with the group?
  • How do you think the risks you made as a teen changed you, if at all?

Tim FerrissWhy you should define your fears instead of your goals

Conversation starters

  • Will you adopt Ferriss’s fear-setting practice? Why or why not?
  • Do you have a method for making hard choices or taking risks? If so, consider sharing with the group. If not, has Ferriss convinced you to develop one?
  • What is one fear that stops you from pursuing something you want to do? How do you bypass it? Or, conversely, as a group, brainstorm ways to figure out how.
  • Share a time you conquered a fear, took a risk or made a hard choice that paid off well. Additional resource: Tina Seelig's Talk

Sviatlana TsikhanouskayaHow to be fearless in the face of authoritarianism

Conversation starters

  • When was the last time you felt fearless? What was it about that context or circumstances that made it so? Additional resource: Yvonne Aki Sawyerr's Talk
  • If you've never felt fearless, or if it's a rare occurrence, why might that be? What might it take for that to happen (again)? How might your life be different if you and those in your community were more fearless more often?
  • Tsikhanouskaya says, “Our courage is born from unity.” How much unity do you feel in your community? If you need more unity to be courageous, how might you foster that unity?
  • What do you think it takes to sustain such fearlessness and courage in the face of opposition month after month, and even year after year?

Shekinah ElmoreThe courage to live with radical uncertainty

Conversation starters

  • Elmore revisits the idea of ‘the worst thing that could happen’. Think of a pressing or worrisome situation in your life. When you imagine the worst case, how likely is it to actually occur? If it did transpire, how could you cope with it?
  • What might you say to your younger self to convince them that a particular risk was worth taking? Communicate how you overcame your reluctance and the good (or the lesson) that came out of it.
  • What were some of the ways that Elmore propelled herself through tough situations? How can her tenacity be replicated in your own life?
  • How might you approach doctors appointments differently as a result of this talk?

Upcoming months

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

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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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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.

  • TEDxBanbury
    Online
    18 May 2021
  • Scott Rozic
    Online
    18 May 2021
  • Kyoto University of the Arts
    Kyoto
    18 May 2021
  • TEDxChicago - Jessica
    Online
    18 May 2021
  • TEDxTangamanga
    San Luis Potosi
    18 May 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    18 May 2021
  • Marcel Marcel
    Online
    18 May 2021
  • TEDxISMAC, Instituto Universitario ISMAC
    Online
    18 May 2021
  • Francisco Valle, Ph.D.
    Online
    18 May 2021
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    18 May 2021
  • Nkamwa Marcel
    Online
    18 May 2021
  • TEDxAnjo
    Online
    19 May 2021
  • Kanha Karisma
    Online
    19 May 2021
  • Township Library of Lower Southampton
    Feasterville
    19 May 2021
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    19 May 2021
  • TEDxMoseley
    Online
    19 May 2021
  • Yu Jie Huang
    Taoyuan
    19 May 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    19 May 2021
  • Rashmi Watel
    Online
    19 May 2021
  • Richard Lucas and Mel Rosenberg
    Online
    19 May 2021
  • TEDxYouth@Ferhadija
    Sarajevo
    19 May 2021
  • Stephan van de Ven
    Online
    20 May 2021
  • TEDxNewcastleUniversity
    Online
    20 May 2021
  • TEDxSchio
    Online
    20 May 2021
  • TEDxBaiaMare
    Online
    20 May 2021
  • Anand Upender
    20 May 2021
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    20 May 2021
  • Eboni Henderson
    Online
    20 May 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    20 May 2021
  • Merrative
    Online
    20 May 2021
  • Cinthia Lamba
    Online
    20 May 2021
  • Doria Esther Benaim
    Online
    20 May 2021
  • Thony Da Silva
    Online
    21 May 2021
  • Ashish Kumar
    Online
    21 May 2021
  • Wiputra Cendana
    Online
    21 May 2021
  • Ellie Nik
    Online
    21 May 2021
  • Rk Gautham and Kanwal Sujit
    Online
    21 May 2021
  • Preeti Chaudhary
    Online
    21 May 2021
  • TEDxEdisonHighSchool
    Online
    21 May 2021
  • Amanda Kelly Espiritu
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • Begüm Kütüklü
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • TEDxKCMT
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • TEDxKCMT
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • Jenny Huang
    Quanzhou
    22 May 2021
  • Jameson Ho and Miguel Domingo
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • Talent Reunion
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • Naveen Samala
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • Mariam Saeed Khan
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • Vasishta Chary
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • TEDxQDU
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • TEDxSantaTecla
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • Shanghai Envision Education
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • Rasha Tiozon
    Online
    23 May 2021
  • Renata Moerbeck
    Online
    23 May 2021
  • Akash Tripathi and Sarah Handu, TEDxKIET
    Online
    23 May 2021
  • Sara Vancil and Brian Vancil
    Online
    23 May 2021
  • Alan Ragins
    Online
    23 May 2021
  • UAA Alumni
    Online
    23 May 2021
  • The Visionific Organisation
    Online
    23 May 2021
  • TEDxHamamatsu
    Hamamatsu
    23 May 2021
  • Anandaday Misshra
    Online
    23 May 2021
  • Renata Moerbeck
    Online
    23 May 2021
  • Renata Moerbeck
    Online
    24 May 2021
  • Paco Briseño
    Online
    24 May 2021
  • TEDxTangamanga
    Online
    24 May 2021
  • Jovana Dejanov
    Online
    25 May 2021
  • TEDxLancaster
    Online
    25 May 2021
  • TEDxDrexelU
    Online
    25 May 2021
  • South Shore Literacy Council TED Circle
    Online
    25 May 2021
  • Ganesamoorthy Subramaniam
    Online
    25 May 2021
  • TEDxCrannTreesforIreland
    Online
    25 May 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    25 May 2021
  • Miro Leite
    Online
    25 May 2021
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    25 May 2021
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - The New York Public Library
    Online
    25 May 2021
  • Alessandra Filippini
    Online
    25 May 2021
  • Suzanne Piotrowski
    Online
    25 May 2021
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Lagos
    25 May 2021
  • Lauretta Chikondi Chithope-Mwale
    Online
    26 May 2021
  • Yi Chun Liu
    Chiayi
    26 May 2021
  • TEDxFirenze
    Online
    26 May 2021
  • Professor Fabiano Gomes
    Online
    26 May 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    26 May 2021
  • TEDxSavassi
    Online
    26 May 2021
  • Skydea
    Online
    27 May 2021
  • Qiuhua Chen
    Online
    27 May 2021
  • Laura Kline-Taylor and Carla Rey Vazquez
    Online
    27 May 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    27 May 2021
  • Dan Hibberd
    Online
    27 May 2021
  • Karen McDermott
    Online
    27 May 2021
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    27 May 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    27 May 2021
  • Sylvia Henderson
    Online
    27 May 2021
  • Kitti Borissza
    Online
    27 May 2021
  • Antoinette Sarpong
    Online
    27 May 2021
  • Nathalie Carrasco
    Online
    27 May 2021
  • Collaborate: ideas and images
    Online
    28 May 2021
  • Tracy Currie
    Online
    28 May 2021
  • Lucas Tibiriçá
    Online
    28 May 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    28 May 2021
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    29 May 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    29 May 2021
  • TEDxShuguangLu
    Online
    29 May 2021
  • Diana C. Guzmán-Caro
    Online
    29 May 2021
  • IgnitedNeurons
    Online
    29 May 2021
  • Yoel Ben-Avraham
    Shilo
    29 May 2021
  • TEDxUdine
    Udine
    29 May 2021
  • YOUNG CEO
    Online
    29 May 2021
  • 上海星黎文化发展有限公司
    Online
    29 May 2021
  • Amanda Kelly Espiritu
    Online
    29 May 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    29 May 2021
  • Greenfest
    Porto
    29 May 2021
  • Tanaaz Jiwani
    Online
    30 May 2021
  • Janet Hei and Wenyang Cui
    Qingdao
    30 May 2021
  • Leah Stewart
    Online
    30 May 2021
  • Hasan Atasoy
    Online
    30 May 2021
  • Farah Sheikh
    Lahore
    30 May 2021
  • George Panicker & International STEAM Research (ISR)
    Online
    31 May 2021
  • TEDxMelbourne
    Melbourne
    31 May 2021
  • René Munk
    Online
    31 May 2021
  • UAA Alumni
    Online
    31 May 2021
  • TEDxSavassi
    Online
    01 Jun 2021
  • Nina Zupancic
    Online
    01 Jun 2021
  • Subhash Kv
    Online
    01 Jun 2021
  • Brandy Davis
    Online
    01 Jun 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    01 Jun 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    02 Jun 2021
  • Syed Ahmad Rafey
    Online
    02 Jun 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    03 Jun 2021
  • Anand Upender
    05 Jun 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    05 Jun 2021
  • Prabodh Sharma and Bharat Garva and Jaydeep Patil
    Online
    06 Jun 2021
  • Positive Impact Events
    Online
    07 Jun 2021
  • Women in Telecoms & Technology
    Online
    07 Jun 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    07 Jun 2021
  • University of the Third Age
    Online
    07 Jun 2021
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    08 Jun 2021
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    08 Jun 2021
  • Salvatore Mauro
    Rome
    08 Jun 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    08 Jun 2021
  • XR Banbury
    Online
    09 Jun 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    09 Jun 2021
  • Renata Kuhns
    Online
    10 Jun 2021
  • Filippo Lombardi
    Online
    10 Jun 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    10 Jun 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    10 Jun 2021
  • Mariana Burghiu and Edel Connor
    Online
    10 Jun 2021
  • Preeti Chaudhary
    Online
    11 Jun 2021
  • Nancy Johnson
    Online
    11 Jun 2021
  • TOP Bonaire
    Online
    11 Jun 2021
  • Hannah Bialic
    Online
    11 Jun 2021
  • Activate Mental Health
    Perth
    12 Jun 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    12 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
  • Lili Abdi
    Ardebil
    15 Jun 2021
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    16 Jun 2021
  • Township Library of Lower Southampton
    Feasterville
    16 Jun 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    16 Jun 2021
  • Nupur Kohli
    Online
    18 Jun 2021
  • Raghunath Sosale
    Online
    18 Jun 2021
  • Qianyi Ying
    Online
    19 Jun 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    19 Jun 2021
  • Romanian Academy of Medical Science
    Online
    20 Jun 2021
  • Fred Kagame
    Kigali
    20 Jun 2021
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    21 Jun 2021
  • Katy O'Leary
    Online
    21 Jun 2021
  • Syeda Saamara Mortada
    Online
    22 Jun 2021
  • Suzanne Piotrowski
    Online
    22 Jun 2021
  • The New York Public Library
    Online
    22 Jun 2021
  • Rashmi Watel
    Online
    23 Jun 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    23 Jun 2021
  • Teachers Who Write
    Online
    23 Jun 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    24 Jun 2021
  • Nathalie Carrasco
    Online
    24 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
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    26 Jun 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    26 Jun 2021
  • TEDxUdine
    Udine
    26 Jun 2021
  • Ceren Samikiran
    Online
    30 Jun 2021
  • Lucas Tibiriçá
    Online
    30 Jun 2021
  • Elaine Lim - TEST
    Online
    01 Jul 2021
  • Praise Emmanuel
    Port Harcourt
    04 Jul 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    08 Jul 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    14 Jul 2021
  • Getachew Gebeyehu
    Online
    24 Jul 2021
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Lagos
    26 Jul 2021
  • Chris Hardy and Aleaka Ince
    Online
    29 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
  • Suzanne Piotrowski
    Online
    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
  • Gaurav Ghewade
    Kolhapur
    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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