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

December | Money matters

Show Talks

Upcoming months

January | Future (im)perfect

Coming Dec 15

February | How we love

Coming Jan 15

Previous months

September | World of wonder

Show Talks

October | How to be a better human

Show Talks

November | Justice and society

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.

  • Désirée Zucchi
    Verona
    11 Dec 2019
  • Morgane Quilfen
    Antwerp, Belgium
    11 Dec 2019
  • Richard Lucas
    Krakow
    11 Dec 2019
  • Vanessa North
    Dubai
    11 Dec 2019
  • Tomás Agote
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    11 Dec 2019
  • Mel Rosenberg
    Ramat Gan, Israel
    11 Dec 2019
  • Hui Dong
    Melbourne
    11 Dec 2019
  • Travis Baird
    San Antonio, TX
    12 Dec 2019
  • Mario Chamorro
    Mountain View, CA
    13 Dec 2019
  • Conversations New York
    NY, NY
    13 Dec 2019
  • Lynn Tabbara
    London
    14 Dec 2019
  • Audrey Dimarucot
    Pasig City
    14 Dec 2019
  • TEDxHangzhou
    Hangzhou
    15 Dec 2019
  • Kristen David
    Seattle, WA
    16 Dec 2019
  • Jay Chua
    Melaka, Malaysia
    16 Dec 2019
  • TEDxHangzhou
    Hangzhou
    16 Dec 2019
  • Tomás Agote
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    17 Dec 2019
  • TEDxRochesterWomen
    Rochester, NY
    17 Dec 2019
  • Enio Arroyo
    La Plata, Argentina
    18 Dec 2019
  • TEDxSeoul
    Seoul
    18 Dec 2019
  • Carrie Hampton
    Kansas City, MO
    18 Dec 2019
  • Yusuke Suzuki
    Tokyo, Japan
    19 Dec 2019
  • Sadia Masood
    Stockholm
    20 Dec 2019
  • Arunraj Subbaraj
    Muscat
    20 Dec 2019
  • TEDxNingbo
    Ningbo, China
    21 Dec 2019
  • Bryant A. Gonzales
    Cebu City, Philippines
    21 Dec 2019
  • Lisa Qin
    Suzhou
    21 Dec 2019
  • TEDxUdine
    Udine
    21 Dec 2019
  • TEDxHamamatsu
    Hamamatsu
    22 Dec 2019
  • Achay Kaam Foundation
    Lahore, Pakistan
    22 Dec 2019
  • Takayuki Mitsugi
    Kyoto
    25 Dec 2019
  • Sudeep Rauniar
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    26 Dec 2019
  • Marius Ivascu
    Baia Mare
    26 Dec 2019
  • Paula Rincon
    Bogotá
    27 Dec 2019
  • Jay Chua
    Melaka, Malaysia
    30 Dec 2019
  • Mel Rosenberg
    Ramat Gan
    08 Jan 2020
  • Julie Wilson & Alyssa Hampton
    NY, NY
    09 Jan 2020
  • Karen Minvielle
    Fayetteville, GA
    13 Jan 2020
  • TEDxSeoul
    Seoul
    15 Jan 2020
  • Jo Dee Davis
    Columbus, OH
    15 Jan 2020
  • Paula Rincon
    Bogotá
    17 Jan 2020
  • Lynn Tabbara
    London
    18 Jan 2020
  • Achay Kaam Foundation
    Lahore, Pakistan
    19 Jan 2020
  • Arunraj Subbaraj
    Muscat
    20 Jan 2020
  • Antonia Fluturica
    Bucharest
    21 Jan 2020
  • Bryant A. Gonzales
    Cebu City, Philippines
    25 Jan 2020
  • Mel Rosenberg
    Ramat Gan
    05 Feb 2020
  • Antonia Fluturica
    Bucharest
    11 Feb 2020
  • Julie Wilson & Alyssa Hampton
    NY, NY
    13 Feb 2020
  • Lynn Tabbara
    London
    15 Feb 2020
  • Bryant A. Gonzales
    Cebu City, Philippines
    15 Feb 2020
  • TEDxSeoul
    Seoul
    19 Feb 2020
  • TEDxOshkosh
    Oshkosh, WI
    19 Feb 2020
  • Andrea Olson
    Davenport, IA
    20 Feb 2020
  • Arunraj Subbaraj
    Muscat
    20 Feb 2020
  • Paula Rincon
    Bogotá
    21 Feb 2020
  • Mel Rosenberg
    Ramat Gan
    11 Mar 2020
  • Paula Rincon
    Bogotá
    20 Mar 2020
  • Antonia Fluturica
    Bucharest
    31 Mar 2020
  • Andrea Olson
    Davenport, IA
    23 Apr 2020
  • Antonia Fluturica
    Bucharest
    28 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.

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.