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
December | Money mattersShow Talks
January | Future (im)perfectComing Dec 15
February | How we loveComing Jan 15
September | World of wonderShow Talks
October | How to be a better humanShow Talks
November | Justice and societyShow 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.
- Désirée ZucchiVerona11 Dec 2019
- Morgane QuilfenAntwerp, Belgium11 Dec 2019
- Richard LucasKrakow11 Dec 2019
- Vanessa NorthDubai11 Dec 2019
- Tomás AgoteBuenos Aires, Argentina11 Dec 2019
- Mel RosenbergRamat Gan, Israel11 Dec 2019
- Hui DongMelbourne11 Dec 2019
- Travis BairdSan Antonio, TX12 Dec 2019
- Mario ChamorroMountain View, CA13 Dec 2019
- Conversations New YorkNY, NY13 Dec 2019
- Lynn TabbaraLondon14 Dec 2019
- Audrey DimarucotPasig City14 Dec 2019
- TEDxHangzhouHangzhou15 Dec 2019
- Kristen DavidSeattle, WA16 Dec 2019
- Jay ChuaMelaka, Malaysia16 Dec 2019
- TEDxHangzhouHangzhou16 Dec 2019
- Tomás AgoteBuenos Aires, Argentina17 Dec 2019
- TEDxRochesterWomenRochester, NY17 Dec 2019
- Enio ArroyoLa Plata, Argentina18 Dec 2019
- TEDxSeoulSeoul18 Dec 2019
- Carrie HamptonKansas City, MO18 Dec 2019
- Yusuke SuzukiTokyo, Japan19 Dec 2019
- Sadia MasoodStockholm20 Dec 2019
- Arunraj SubbarajMuscat20 Dec 2019
- TEDxNingboNingbo, China21 Dec 2019
- Bryant A. GonzalesCebu City, Philippines21 Dec 2019
- Lisa QinSuzhou21 Dec 2019
- TEDxUdineUdine21 Dec 2019
- TEDxHamamatsuHamamatsu22 Dec 2019
- Achay Kaam FoundationLahore, Pakistan22 Dec 2019
- Takayuki MitsugiKyoto25 Dec 2019
- Sudeep RauniarKathmandu, Nepal26 Dec 2019
- Marius IvascuBaia Mare26 Dec 2019
- Paula RinconBogotá27 Dec 2019
- Jay ChuaMelaka, Malaysia30 Dec 2019
- Mel RosenbergRamat Gan08 Jan 2020
- Julie Wilson & Alyssa HamptonNY, NY09 Jan 2020
- Karen MinvielleFayetteville, GA13 Jan 2020
- TEDxSeoulSeoul15 Jan 2020
- Jo Dee DavisColumbus, OH15 Jan 2020
- Paula RinconBogotá17 Jan 2020
- Lynn TabbaraLondon18 Jan 2020
- Achay Kaam FoundationLahore, Pakistan19 Jan 2020
- Arunraj SubbarajMuscat20 Jan 2020
- Antonia FluturicaBucharest21 Jan 2020
- Bryant A. GonzalesCebu City, Philippines25 Jan 2020
- Mel RosenbergRamat Gan05 Feb 2020
- Antonia FluturicaBucharest11 Feb 2020
- Julie Wilson & Alyssa HamptonNY, NY13 Feb 2020
- Lynn TabbaraLondon15 Feb 2020
- Bryant A. GonzalesCebu City, Philippines15 Feb 2020
- TEDxSeoulSeoul19 Feb 2020
- TEDxOshkoshOshkosh, WI19 Feb 2020
- Andrea OlsonDavenport, IA20 Feb 2020
- Arunraj SubbarajMuscat20 Feb 2020
- Paula RinconBogotá21 Feb 2020
- Mel RosenbergRamat Gan11 Mar 2020
- Paula RinconBogotá20 Mar 2020
- Antonia FluturicaBucharest31 Mar 2020
- Andrea OlsonDavenport, IA23 Apr 2020
- Antonia FluturicaBucharest28 Apr 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
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.