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TED Circles

TED Circles is an open platform of small groups that engage in conversations about ideas.

Hosted by volunteers, Circles watch and discuss a TED Talk and then share takeaways online to consider each other’s perspectives and create a global conversation. That conversation needs everyone so we hope you'll join as a host (registration below) and/or guest (monthly sign-ups below).

Circles can take place 100% virtually so they are helping communities stay connected, especially now. And in addition to monthly themes, there is special programming each month about what’s going on in the world so Circles’ discussions are as meaningful and relevant as possible.

The video illustrates how Circles work (in-person and online) 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

June | ResilienceJoin an online Circle hosted by TED

Susan DavidThe gift and power of emotional courage

Conversation starters

  • Have you had moments when your inner world and emotions affected your outer-world and other people? What do you do to mitigate those feelings if/when they arise?
  • When you’re able to talk about — rather than suppress — difficult emotions, and experience “individualized consideration,” how do you feel afterward?
  • Are there ever instances where you feel like ignoring your emotions is a good idea? Why or why not?
  • In what ways could you incorporate David’s advice into your own life to help yourself and others?

Lucy HoneThree secrets of resilient people

Conversation starters

  • Have you ever used any of the three strategies that Hone shares? Did you come upon it yourself or learn from someone else? If not, which do you think you’re most likely to use?
  • In discussing strategy two (choosing carefully where to focus your attention), Hone touches on the importance of focusing on the good, not just the stressful. Take a moment to practice it now: what are three good things that have happened to you today?
  • Hone reports that strategy three — asking yourself “Is what I’m doing helping or harming me?” — has prompted more positive feedback from her readers than any other. In what areas of your life do you think this approach could be useful?
  • Outside of those highlighted in this talk, what strategies have helped you navigate tough times? Additional resource: TED-Ed Lesson

Rachel KyteFrom disaster response to disaster prevention

Conversation starters

  • Have you ever experienced a natural disaster (e.g. an earthquake, forest fire, cyclone, flood, etc.)? If so, what helped you get through it? Was it friends and neighbors, an aid program, or both?
  • Kyte tells us that “strong social bonds are one of the strongest determinants of resilience within a community.” How strong are your community’s social bonds? What have you done to maintain your social bonds in recent months? Where can you try to improve?
  • As a group, think of one good example of a natural disaster response from the public sector and one from the private. Now think of a poor response from each category. What made the positive responses so much stronger than the underperforming ones?
  • What disaster risk policies or actions would you most like to see enacted in your community?

Martin ReevesHow to build a business that lasts 100 years

Conversation starters

  • Has this talk changed your perspective on how businesses function? Does it make more or less sense to compare businesses to biological organisms?
  • Are there businesses, family-owned or otherwise, that have survived for a long time in your country? Do you think they’ve used any of Reeve’s principles? Additional resource: Navi Radjou’s Talk
  • Of the six principles, which do feel are most urgent in our current times?
  • Though Reeve’s idea is presented for business, do you feel like you could adapt some of these principles to your own life, family, or community? How?

Upcoming months

July | Designing with humanity

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Previous months

September | World of wonder

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October | How to be a better human

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November | Justice and society

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December | Money matters

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January | The future

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February | How we love

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March | Who has power

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March | Special programming

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April | A changing world

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April | Special programming

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May | Life at its fullestJoin an online Circle hosted by TED

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Find a TED Circle

Here are the upcoming Circles and the monthly themes they will discuss. View previous Circles.

  • TEDxColumbus
    Online
    02 Jun 2020
  • Lisa Rogg
    Santa Monica
    02 Jun 2020
  • Moveo Global
    Onine
    02 Jun 2020
  • Annelies James
    Southampton
    02 Jun 2020
  • TEDxMantova
    Online
    02 Jun 2020
  • Mary Shannon Teague
    Online
    02 Jun 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    02 Jun 2020
  • TEDxFrome
    Online
    02 Jun 2020
  • Rochester Women's Network
    Rochester
    02 Jun 2020
  • TEDxZurich
    Online
    03 Jun 2020
  • TEDxDerryLondonderry
    Derry
    03 Jun 2020
  • Zeynep Kutuklu
    Online
    03 Jun 2020
  • Tanin Haidary
    Clemson
    03 Jun 2020
  • Jo Dee Davis
    Columbus OH
    03 Jun 2020
  • University of Warwick
    Online
    04 Jun 2020
  • TEDxZNU
    Online
    04 Jun 2020
  • Flying Start
    Online
    04 Jun 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    04 Jun 2020
  • Sovari Viktoria
    Nyiregyhaza
    05 Jun 2020
  • Roland DG Academy
    San Benedetto del Tronto
    05 Jun 2020
  • NxtGen
    Online
    05 Jun 2020
  • Conversations New York
    Online
    05 Jun 2020
  • Ohyun High School
    Online
    05 Jun 2020
  • Systemic Growth
    Online
    05 Jun 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    05 Jun 2020
  • Yusuke Suzuki
    Tokyo
    06 Jun 2020
  • Activate Mental Health
    Perth
    06 Jun 2020
  • Sowmya Lak
    Online
    06 Jun 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    06 Jun 2020
  • TEDxGoldenBridge
    Online
    06 Jun 2020
  • Olga Osuchowska
    Online
    06 Jun 2020
  • Kayoko Takahashi
    Online
    06 Jun 2020
  • Kandace Keeney
    Online
    06 Jun 2020
  • Gaia Peraino
    Online
    06 Jun 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    06 Jun 2020
  • TEDxPiloteAriana
    Online
    06 Jun 2020
  • Sacha Thompson
    Online
    07 Jun 2020
  • TEDxInvercargill
    Online
    07 Jun 2020
  • Kitti Borissza & Amanda Espiritu
    Online
    08 Jun 2020
  • Mukund Hari Nathany
    Online
    08 Jun 2020
  • Jatin Kataria
    Online
    08 Jun 2020
  • Kimien Consultores
    Torreon
    08 Jun 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    08 Jun 2020
  • Aadhishwaran Srinivasan
    Online
    09 Jun 2020
  • TEDxWinchester
    Online
    09 Jun 2020
  • TEDxJNJ
    Manila, Philippines
    09 Jun 2020
  • Jasmin A Rehmani
    Online
    09 Jun 2020
  • TEDxCesena
    Online
    09 Jun 2020
  • Maria Alejandra Quintero Morales
    Online
    09 Jun 2020
  • McCoy Consulting LLC
    Online
    10 Jun 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    10 Jun 2020
  • TEDxMoers
    Online
    10 Jun 2020
  • Doria Esther Benaim
    Caracas
    10 Jun 2020
  • Matt Stewart
    Online
    10 Jun 2020
  • TEDxWinchester
    Online
    10 Jun 2020
  • DRMP, Inc.
    Online
    10 Jun 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    10 Jun 2020
  • DRMP, Inc.
    Online
    10 Jun 2020
  • TEDxTangamanga
    San Luis Potosi
    10 Jun 2020
  • Richard Lucas and Mel Rosenberg
    Online
    10 Jun 2020
  • TEDxYYC
    Online
    11 Jun 2020
  • TEDxGilbert
    online
    11 Jun 2020
  • Miguel Cabrera
    Badajoz
    11 Jun 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    11 Jun 2020
  • University of Denver, Northeast
    Online
    11 Jun 2020
  • Annelies James
    Southampton
    11 Jun 2020
  • TEDxChengdu
    Online
    11 Jun 2020
  • University of Warwick
    Online
    11 Jun 2020
  • Ideas To Go
    Online
    11 Jun 2020
  • Romanian School the Hague
    Online
    11 Jun 2020
  • Julie Wilson & Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    11 Jun 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    12 Jun 2020
  • 10UCL Coworking Space Farnham
    Farnham, UK
    12 Jun 2020
  • TEDxCerroSantaLucia
    Online
    12 Jun 2020
  • Mensa Mexico
    Online
    13 Jun 2020
  • TEDxGoldenBridge
    Online
    13 Jun 2020
  • Gaia Peraino
    Online
    13 Jun 2020
  • TEDxGUC
    Online
    13 Jun 2020
  • TEDxCalzadadelosHéroes
    Online
    13 Jun 2020
  • TEDxLCWU
    Online
    13 Jun 2020
  • TEDxAscoliPiceno
    Online
    14 Jun 2020
  • Dani Alfonzo & Emilio Bujosa Tato
    Online
    14 Jun 2020
  • Kitti Borissza & Amanda Espiritu
    Online
    15 Jun 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    15 Jun 2020
  • Mukund Hari Nathany
    Online
    15 Jun 2020
  • Carolina Paulino & Kelsey Guinnup
    Online
    15 Jun 2020
  • Ahmed Umer Sohaib
    Dera Ismail Khan, KPK
    16 Jun 2020
  • TEDxJNJ
    Manila, Philippines
    16 Jun 2020
  • TEDxGilbert
    online
    16 Jun 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    16 Jun 2020
  • Sacha Thompson
    Online
    16 Jun 2020
  • TEDxMidAtlantic
    Online
    17 Jun 2020
  • Intelligent Vagrant
    Online
    17 Jun 2020
  • University of Warwick
    Coventry
    17 Jun 2020
  • Zoe Horner
    Perth
    17 Jun 2020
  • TEDxCiudadJuarez
    Online
    17 Jun 2020
  • TEDxGreshamPlace
    Online
    17 Jun 2020
  • Techqueria
    Online
    18 Jun 2020
  • TEDxUFCSPA
    Porto Alegre
    18 Jun 2020
  • Sarah Lawrence
    Online
    18 Jun 2020
  • Daria Nashat
    Online
    18 Jun 2020
  • Ting-Ya Liang
    Online
    18 Jun 2020
  • Joyce Silver & Leah Smith
    NY, NY
    19 Jun 2020
  • On The Road Bccenter
    Curitiba
    19 Jun 2020
  • Systemic Growth
    Online
    19 Jun 2020
  • Roland DG Academy
    San Benedetto del Tronto
    19 Jun 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    19 Jun 2020
  • TEDxTehran
    Online
    19 Jun 2020
  • Emem Opashi
    Online
    20 Jun 2020
  • TEDxSquareMile
    Online
    20 Jun 2020
  • Lindy Boeck
    Online
    20 Jun 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    20 Jun 2020
  • TEDxLCWU
    Online
    20 Jun 2020
  • Lucas Tibirica
    Sao Luis
    20 Jun 2020
  • TEDxGoldenBridge
    Online
    20 Jun 2020
  • Nadia Thalji
    Online
    20 Jun 2020
  • RADIANTISM
    Surabaya
    20 Jun 2020
  • TEDxVilaNovadeGaia
    Online
    20 Jun 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    20 Jun 2020
  • TEDxPutalisadak
    Online
    20 Jun 2020
  • Davide Caffi
    Online
    21 Jun 2020
  • TEDxNingbo
    Ningbo
    21 Jun 2020
  • TEDxAnjo
    Online
    21 Jun 2020
  • Juhee An
    Seoul
    22 Jun 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    22 Jun 2020
  • Kimien Consultores
    Torreon
    22 Jun 2020
  • Kitti Borissza & Amanda Espiritu
    Online
    22 Jun 2020
  • Leo Petrilli
    Online
    23 Jun 2020
  • Jasmin A Rehmani
    Online
    23 Jun 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    23 Jun 2020
  • Joyce Silver & Leah Smith
    NY, NY
    23 Jun 2020
  • Kiiza Saddam Hussein
    Kigali
    23 Jun 2020
  • TEDxReggioEmilia
    Online
    24 Jun 2020
  • TEDxTangamanga
    San Luis Potosi
    24 Jun 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    24 Jun 2020
  • WWK
    Online
    24 Jun 2020
  • University of Denver, Northeast
    Online
    25 Jun 2020
  • Romanian School the Hague
    Online
    25 Jun 2020
  • Sacha Thompson
    Online
    25 Jun 2020
  • TEDxChengdu
    Online
    25 Jun 2020
  • TEDxColoniaMiramonte
    Online
    25 Jun 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    25 Jun 2020
  • Think&Talk
    Bogota
    26 Jun 2020
  • Silvia Iaia
    Online
    26 Jun 2020
  • Sheena Walker & Maxwell Muir
    Stirling, UK
    26 Jun 2020
  • TEDxAscoliPiceno
    Online
    26 Jun 2020
  • Doria Esther Benaim
    Caracas
    26 Jun 2020
  • TEDxIkenegbu
    Owerri
    26 Jun 2020
  • Rohit Kumar Verma
    Online
    26 Jun 2020
  • TEDxWumaStreet
    Online
    27 Jun 2020
  • Gaia Peraino
    Online
    27 Jun 2020
  • TEDxNITW
    Online
    28 Jun 2020
  • Nicky Nazareth
    Online
    28 Jun 2020
  • Chris Cherek
    Online
    28 Jun 2020
  • Ting-Ya Liang
    Taichung
    28 Jun 2020
  • Roland DG Academy
    San Benedetto del Tronto
    29 Jun 2020
  • Sacha Thompson
    Online
    29 Jun 2020
  • Sacha Thompson
    Online
    29 Jun 2020
  • WomenX
    Online
    30 Jun 2020
  • Starlett Henderson
    Online
    30 Jun 2020
  • TEDxSanAntonio
    Online
    30 Jun 2020
  • Roland DG Academy
    San Benedetto del Tronto
    30 Jun 2020
  • Elizabeth Adams
    Online
    01 Jul 2020
  • Anni Saloranta
    Online
    01 Jul 2020
  • TEDxAsokoro
    Online
    01 Jul 2020
  • Jo Dee Davis
    Columbus OH
    01 Jul 2020
  • Activate Mental Health
    Perth
    04 Jul 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    04 Jul 2020
  • Kayoko Takahashi
    Online
    05 Jul 2020
  • Lisa Rogg
    Santa Monica
    07 Jul 2020
  • TEDxFrome
    Online
    07 Jul 2020
  • Ahmed Umer Sohaib
    Dera Ismail Khan, KPK
    07 Jul 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    08 Jul 2020
  • Jatin Kataria
    Online
    08 Jul 2020
  • McCoy Consulting LLC
    Online
    08 Jul 2020
  • DRMP, Inc.
    Online
    08 Jul 2020
  • Richard Lucas and Mel Rosenberg
    Online
    08 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    09 Jul 2020
  • Julie Wilson & Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    09 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Mount Gretna, PA
    10 Jul 2020
  • Mensa Mexico
    Online
    11 Jul 2020
  • Kiiza Saddam Hussein
    Kigali
    12 Jul 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    12 Jul 2020
  • Sarah Lawrence
    Online
    14 Jul 2020
  • Intelligent Vagrant
    Online
    15 Jul 2020
  • TEDxCiudadJuarez
    Online
    15 Jul 2020
  • TEDxGreshamPlace
    Online
    15 Jul 2020
  • Techqueria
    Online
    16 Jul 2020
  • TEDxTehran
    Online
    17 Jul 2020
  • TEDxSquareMile
    Online
    18 Jul 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    18 Jul 2020
  • Ahmed Umer Sohaib
    Dera Ismail Khan, KPK
    21 Jul 2020
  • Davide Caffi
    Online
    23 Jul 2020
  • Lucas Tibirica
    Sao Luis
    25 Jul 2020
  • Bill Wong
    online
    25 Jul 2020
  • TEDxPutalisadak
    Online
    25 Jul 2020
  • Emem Opashi
    Online
    25 Jul 2020
  • Fernanda Leitao
    Online
    28 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    28 Jul 2020
  • Chris Cherek
    Online
    28 Jul 2020
  • Think&Talk
    Bogota
    31 Jul 2020
  • Starlett Henderson
    Online
    31 Jul 2020
  • Rohit Kumar Verma
    Online
    31 Jul 2020
  • Elizabeth Adams
    Online
    01 Aug 2020
  • Ahmed Umer Sohaib
    Dera Ismail Khan, KPK
    04 Aug 2020
  • Lisa Rogg
    Santa Monica
    04 Aug 2020
  • McCoy Consulting LLC
    Online
    05 Aug 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    05 Aug 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    08 Aug 2020
  • Nadia Thalji
    Online
    09 Aug 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    09 Aug 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    13 Aug 2020
  • Mensa Mexico
    Online
    15 Aug 2020
  • TEDxGreshamPlace
    Online
    19 Aug 2020
  • Bill Wong
    online
    22 Aug 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    22 Aug 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    25 Aug 2020
  • Think&Talk
    Bogota
    28 Aug 2020
  • Davide Caffi
    Online
    30 Aug 2020
  • Starlett Henderson
    Online
    31 Aug 2020
  • Eileen Bartholomew
    Portland
    01 Sep 2020
  • Elizabeth Adams
    Online
    01 Sep 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    05 Sep 2020
  • Bill Wong
    online
    05 Sep 2020
  • McCoy Consulting LLC
    Online
    09 Sep 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    09 Sep 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    10 Sep 2020
  • Mensa Mexico
    Online
    12 Sep 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    19 Sep 2020
  • Bill Wong
    online
    19 Sep 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    22 Sep 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    07 Oct 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    08 Oct 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    22 Oct 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    07 Nov 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    11 Nov 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    12 Nov 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    24 Nov 2020
  • Eileen Bartholomew
    Portland
    01 Dec 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    09 Dec 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    10 Dec 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    22 Dec 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.

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