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TED Circles

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

Hosted by volunteers, Circles watch and discuss a TED Talk about the monthly theme. They share takeaways online to consider each other’s perspectives and create a global conversation. That conversation needs everyone so we hope you join as a host or as a guest.

Circles can take place in-person and online so they are helping communities stay connected, especially now. The video illustrates how Circles work and why TED believes in them.

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).

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This Month

January | Intergenerational learningJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

Hajer ShariefHow to use family dinner to teach politics?

Conversation starters

  • Sharief shares the story of her family’s weekly meetings as an example of commonplace politics. Where in your life do everyday instances of politics — negotiation, compromise, alliance building and decision making — appear?
  • Can you think of a time when you felt unfairly excluded from decision-making? What was that instance? How did it make you feel? Brainstorm how you could improve the situation if this occurs in the future.
  • Has this talk altered the way you see politics, or your place in it? Why or why not?
  • Did your childhood include anything like the Family Democracy Meeting? What do you think it would have been like if it had been in place? Would you adopt it with your own family? Why or why not?

Leah GeorgesHow generational stereotypes hold us back at work

Conversation starters

  • How have stereotypes about your own generation affected the way you see yourself and others?
  • How do you navigate the multigenerational divide — in and outside of work?
  • What is one of the most valuable lessons (advice, practical knowledge, etc.) that you have learned from a generation outside your own?
  • What is one of your favorite things from another generation (music, fashion, philosophy, etc.)?

Hindou Oumarou IbrahimIndigenous knowledge meets science to solve climate change

Conversation starters

  • Do you have any knowledge passed down from previous generations? Share an example. (Examples can be as serious or silly as you like — for example, knowing when it’s about to rain or your grandmother’s cure for hiccups.)
  • How have your communities, households or otherwise married old and new knowledge to solve a problem?
  • When have you been corrected or shown a better way by old-school knowledge? If comfortable, share your story.
  • What knowledge would you like humanity to pass down to future generations?

Roman KrznaricHow to be a good ancestor

Conversation starters

  • Krznaric’s talk includes several examples of people planning well into the future. Can you think of other examples that fit this theme? (Some may be in your community.)
  • Is there a destructive legacy from the past that impacts you today that you wish had been prevented? Share it with the group. If there are actions being taken to right those wrongs, share those as well.
  • What’s one small habit you could change or practice you could adopt that could have a ripple effect for future generations?
  • Do you have what it takes to be a time rebel? In what ways can you take bigger steps to decolonize the future? (For more ideas, see Krznaric’s essay for six ways to think long-term).

Upcoming months

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

Show talks

March | Consumption, what's your function?

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Previous months

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December | Building momentumJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

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November | Truth tellersJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

Show talks

October | Everyone's environmentJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
We can change climate change. #JointheCountdown

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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.

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  • Michael Appiah and Pius Nukpezah
    Ashongman Estate
    23 Jan 2021
  • TEDxMilpaAlta
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • Mariam Saeed Khan
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • TEDxCharoenkrung
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • Miharu Iguchi
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • Hilary Hao
    Makati
    23 Jan 2021
  • Robotics Society of Kenya
    Kisii
    23 Jan 2021
  • Annabella Rijksen and Antonis Triantafyllakis
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • Pushti Vora
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • Annabella Rijksen and Antonis Triantafyllakis
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • TEDxUniversitasIndonesia
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • Samuel Pruitt
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • Rosalyn Komol
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • TEDxRUPP
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • Sharanya Narayani International School
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • Changkun Shen
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • TEDxHamamatsu
    Hamamatsu
    23 Jan 2021
  • Rasha Tiozon
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • Naveen Samala
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • TEDxSheridanHeightsWomen
    Montgomery
    23 Jan 2021
  • Robotics Society of Kenya
    Kisii
    23 Jan 2021
  • Srinivas Eaga
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • Denis Blidariu
    Bucharest
    23 Jan 2021
  • Sharanya Narayani International School
    Online
    23 Jan 2021
  • TILS Education, India
    Bhilwara
    24 Jan 2021
  • TEDxCharoenkrung
    Online
    24 Jan 2021
  • Renata Moerbeck
    Online
    24 Jan 2021
  • Alan Ragins
    Online
    24 Jan 2021
  • Michael Appiah and Pius Nukpezah
    Ashongman Estate
    24 Jan 2021
  • Anushka Goel
    Online
    24 Jan 2021
  • TEDxUF
    Online
    25 Jan 2021
  • Renata Moerbeck
    Online
    25 Jan 2021
  • Martín Centurión
    Florianópolis
    25 Jan 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    25 Jan 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    25 Jan 2021
  • Dani Morales
    Online
    25 Jan 2021
  • WiTT
    Online
    25 Jan 2021
  • Lead from Insights
    Online
    25 Jan 2021
  • TEDxTangamanga
    Online
    25 Jan 2021
  • Beth Socoski, TEDxWestshore
    Online
    25 Jan 2021
  • TEDxBanbury
    Online
    25 Jan 2021
  • Darran Wallace and Gary Devenney
    Coleraine
    25 Jan 2021
  • Queila Moraes
    Niteroi
    26 Jan 2021
  • Paola Gomez
    Online
    26 Jan 2021
  • Wall Street English
    Tianjin
    26 Jan 2021
  • Noel Martinez
    Online
    26 Jan 2021
  • Christen Rexing
    Philadelphia
    26 Jan 2021
  • Luis Vicente Garcia
    Online
    26 Jan 2021
  • TEDxOronocoBayPark
    Online
    26 Jan 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    26 Jan 2021
  • Love University Corp
    Online
    26 Jan 2021
  • Cultura de Inovação
    Online
    26 Jan 2021
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - The New York Public Library
    Online
    26 Jan 2021
  • Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
    Online
    26 Jan 2021
  • Prerna Foundation
    Online
    26 Jan 2021
  • TEDxMacedo
    Online
    27 Jan 2021
  • Pooja Maurya
    Online
    27 Jan 2021
  • Victoria Perez Valino
    Buenos Aires
    27 Jan 2021
  • Alicia Margono, TEDxVancouver
    Online
    27 Jan 2021
  • TEDxParkCity
    Online
    27 Jan 2021
  • Joan Christopher
    Online
    27 Jan 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    27 Jan 2021
  • Kennesaw State University
    Marietta
    27 Jan 2021
  • Yahya Almarhabi
    Online
    27 Jan 2021
  • NORWESCAP
    Online
    27 Jan 2021
  • TEDxParkCity
    Online
    27 Jan 2021
  • George Panicker & International STEAM Research (ISR)
    Kolkata
    28 Jan 2021
  • TEDxUDLAP
    Online
    28 Jan 2021
  • Glen Wheatley
    Online
    28 Jan 2021
  • TEDxGenova
    Online
    28 Jan 2021
  • TEDxRamatAviv
    Online
    28 Jan 2021
  • Obhi Chatterjee and Julie Guégan
    Online
    28 Jan 2021
  • MiM Institute
    Online
    28 Jan 2021
  • TEDxKobe
    Online
    28 Jan 2021
  • Teach For America - California Capital Valley
    Online
    28 Jan 2021
  • Silvia Solana and Fabiola García
    Online
    28 Jan 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    28 Jan 2021
  • MiM Institute
    Online
    28 Jan 2021
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    28 Jan 2021
  • Martin O'Kane and Ji-Eun Park and Rachel Su Singleton
    Online
    28 Jan 2021
  • TEDxCasey
    Online
    28 Jan 2021
  • TEDxMilano
    Milan
    28 Jan 2021
  • Lindy Boeck and Sally Coffman
    Online
    28 Jan 2021
  • April Benjamin and Dawn Communication
    Lagos
    28 Jan 2021
  • Don Quinn
    Online
    29 Jan 2021
  • Paco Briseno
    Online
    29 Jan 2021
  • TEDxUniversitàIULM
    Online
    29 Jan 2021
  • TEDxRochester
    Online
    29 Jan 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    29 Jan 2021
  • On The Road Business Communication
    Online
    29 Jan 2021
  • Iain Forsyth
    Online
    29 Jan 2021
  • Paola Nadine
    Online
    29 Jan 2021
  • Antoinette Sarpong
    Online
    29 Jan 2021
  • Tracy Currie
    Online
    29 Jan 2021
  • TEDxRochester
    Online
    29 Jan 2021
  • Nilgün Akdogan and Azize Sorguc
    Online
    29 Jan 2021
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    29 Jan 2021
  • Fernando Téllez and Octavio Padilla
    Online
    29 Jan 2021
  • CarersToday
    Luton
    30 Jan 2021
  • TEDxCharoenkrung
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • Miharu Iguchi
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • AJ.life
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • Wiputra Cendana
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • Rasha Shanaz
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • Chikealam Adiele and Franca Ayanka
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • TEDxUdine
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • VIVA Forum Initiative Hong Kong
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • Chinmayi Vaghasiya
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • Anousha Mohon
    Vacoas
    30 Jan 2021
  • Emerald Technology Group Inc
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • TogetherMUN
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • TEDxESPE
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • TogetherMUN
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • Sandy Yeh
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • Sandra Silva | A Casa é Sua
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • Sandra Silva
    Brasília
    30 Jan 2021
  • Maheen Rizwan and Rizwan Ahmed
    Karachi
    30 Jan 2021
  • Kritika Ravichandran
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • TEDxWumaStreet
    Wenzhou
    30 Jan 2021
  • Bushra Noureen and Rabeea Wajeeha
    Toronto
    30 Jan 2021
  • Mohammed Abdu
    Logia
    30 Jan 2021
  • YOUNG CEO
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • Podar World School
    Vadodara
    30 Jan 2021
  • TEDxESPE
    Online
    30 Jan 2021
  • Rakhshinda Akhtar
    Patna
    31 Jan 2021
  • Marcia Platilha
    Nova Lima
    31 Jan 2021
  • Paul Litwin and Jim Little and Scott Henson
    Online
    31 Jan 2021
  • Melanie Lewis
    Online
    31 Jan 2021
  • Leah Stewart
    Biggleswade
    31 Jan 2021
  • Anmol Agnihotri and Kanak Agnihotri
    Online
    31 Jan 2021
  • Melanie Lewis
    Sydney
    31 Jan 2021
  • Rasha Tiozon
    Online
    31 Jan 2021
  • IgnitedNeurons
    Online
    31 Jan 2021
  • TEDxCharoenkrung
    Online
    31 Jan 2021
  • TEDxNashik
    Online
    31 Jan 2021
  • World Tour Operator
    Genoa
    31 Jan 2021
  • TEDxMilpaAlta
    Online
    01 Feb 2021
  • Lindsey Mosier
    Online
    01 Feb 2021
  • ATÖLYE
    Istanbul
    01 Feb 2021
  • Harshita Bhikhan
    Online
    01 Feb 2021
  • Korhan Kurt
    Online
    01 Feb 2021
  • G Sivalingam
    San Francisco
    01 Feb 2021
  • May Li
    Dallas
    01 Feb 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    02 Feb 2021
  • TED Conferences
    Online
    02 Feb 2021
  • Lindy Boeck
    Online
    02 Feb 2021
  • Vanessa North
    Dubai
    03 Feb 2021
  • Jogesh Jain
    Mumbai
    03 Feb 2021
  • Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar
    Online
    03 Feb 2021
  • Sana Zitouni
    Mareth
    03 Feb 2021
  • Bora Yiğit Şentürk
    Istanbul
    03 Feb 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    03 Feb 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    04 Feb 2021
  • WorkHere - Hereford Coworking Space
    Online
    04 Feb 2021
  • Humanitech
    Melbourne
    04 Feb 2021
  • Hannah Jeanne Choae
    Online
    04 Feb 2021
  • Lorna Prescott, CoLab Dudley
    Online
    04 Feb 2021
  • TED Conferences
    Online
    05 Feb 2021
  • Christopher Lewis
    Sunnyvale
    05 Feb 2021
  • Hamed Majidzadeh
    Manchester
    05 Feb 2021
  • Fredrik Andrén-Sandberg
    Lund
    05 Feb 2021
  • TED Conferences
    Online
    05 Feb 2021
  • TED Conferences
    Online
    05 Feb 2021
  • TEDxEdisonHighSchool
    Online
    05 Feb 2021
  • Genti Behramaj
    Antwerp
    06 Feb 2021
  • Ireremena Felix-Otuorimuo
    Online
    06 Feb 2021
  • Sibgha Hafeez
    Lahore
    06 Feb 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    06 Feb 2021
  • CarersToday
    Luton
    06 Feb 2021
  • Bright Tenbil
    Accra
    06 Feb 2021
  • Vani Arya
    Online
    07 Feb 2021
  • Ankush Nagpal
    Online
    07 Feb 2021
  • Township Library of Lower Southampton
    Online
    08 Feb 2021
  • Fu Minghao
    Yan Cheng
    08 Feb 2021
  • Bob Simpson
    Online
    09 Feb 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    10 Feb 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    10 Feb 2021
  • Bronagh Healey
    Online
    11 Feb 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    11 Feb 2021
  • Paola Nadine
    Online
    12 Feb 2021
  • Centro Medico Docente La Trinidad
    Online
    12 Feb 2021
  • Peter Hall
    Portland
    12 Feb 2021
  • Finwell Inc.
    Online
    12 Feb 2021
  • Domenica Escatel
    Online
    12 Feb 2021
  • Ozay Ozaydin
    Istanbul
    13 Feb 2021
  • Activate Mental Health
    Perth
    13 Feb 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    13 Feb 2021
  • Bryant Gonzales
    Online
    13 Feb 2021
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    14 Feb 2021
  • Oluwagbenga Oyebanji
    Lagos
    14 Feb 2021
  • Joy Kay and Esther Bentley
    London
    14 Feb 2021
  • Katy O'Leary
    Online
    15 Feb 2021
  • María José Ramírez
    Online
    15 Feb 2021
  • Denis Mazini
    Online
    16 Feb 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    16 Feb 2021
  • Idea Sparring
    Online
    17 Feb 2021
  • Tina Brunet
    Online
    17 Feb 2021
  • Ajani Charles
    Online
    17 Feb 2021
  • TEDxMidAtlantic
    Online
    17 Feb 2021
  • The New York Public Library - West New Brighton Branch
    Online
    18 Feb 2021
  • Susan Hailey, Entrepreneur & Author
    Online
    18 Feb 2021
  • TEDxWolverhampton
    Online
    18 Feb 2021
  • Sheryl Guarniero
    Greenville
    18 Feb 2021
  • Tone Lanzillo
    Duluth
    18 Feb 2021
  • Sarah Phang
    Lausanne
    19 Feb 2021
  • Naveen Samala
    Online
    20 Feb 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    20 Feb 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    20 Feb 2021
  • Paola Nadine
    Aguascalientes
    20 Feb 2021
  • Bronagh Healey
    Online
    20 Feb 2021
  • Chakilam Vasavi Sandhya
    Online
    21 Feb 2021
  • Rajib Roychoudhury
    Online
    21 Feb 2021
  • Bannari Amman Institute of Technology
    Perambalur
    22 Feb 2021
  • Ninety Consulting
    Online
    23 Feb 2021
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - The New York Public Library
    Online
    23 Feb 2021
  • Francisco Valle
    San Diego
    23 Feb 2021
  • The South Shore Literacy Council
    Online
    23 Feb 2021
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    24 Feb 2021
  • TEDxMacedo
    Online
    24 Feb 2021
  • XR Banbury
    Online
    24 Feb 2021
  • TEDxAscoliPiceno
    Online
    24 Feb 2021
  • Sylvia Henderson, MindTeam Solutions Inc.
    Online
    25 Feb 2021
  • Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams and John Warren and Rita Manyette
    Jacksonville
    25 Feb 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    25 Feb 2021
  • Joanne Law, TEDxCasey
    Online
    26 Feb 2021
  • Studio City Branch Library
    Online
    26 Feb 2021
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    26 Feb 2021
  • Claudio Martins and Erich Germano and Quintino Martins
    Rio de Janeiro
    26 Feb 2021
  • Lice v lice (Face to face) street paper
    Skopje
    26 Feb 2021
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    27 Feb 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    27 Feb 2021
  • Kris de Guzman
    San Juan City
    27 Feb 2021
  • Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
    Online
    27 Feb 2021
  • Shivam Soni and Aasim Akhtar and Bushra Khan
    Bhopal
    27 Feb 2021
  • IgnitedNeurons
    Online
    28 Feb 2021
  • Judit Mihalik
    Online
    28 Feb 2021
  • Segun Solomon
    Osogbo
    28 Feb 2021
  • Leah Stewart
    Biggleswade
    28 Feb 2021
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Lagos
    28 Feb 2021
  • Kayla Waggoner and April Aultman Becker
    Alpine
    01 Mar 2021
  • WorkHere - Hereford Coworking Space
    Hereford
    04 Mar 2021
  • Bright Tenbil
    Accra
    06 Mar 2021
  • Önder Sit
    Ankara
    06 Mar 2021
  • TEDxPerugia
    Perugia
    06 Mar 2021
  • Bronagh Healey
    Online
    06 Mar 2021
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    08 Mar 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    10 Mar 2021
  • Terry Sidford
    Online
    11 Mar 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    11 Mar 2021
  • Mihika Tewari
    Brooklyn
    15 Mar 2021
  • Ovalho
    Porto
    18 Mar 2021
  • TechIP Talent and Legal Consulting
    Bengaluru
    18 Mar 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    20 Mar 2021
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - The New York Public Library
    Online
    23 Mar 2021
  • Buddies Space
    Online
    26 Mar 2021
  • Leah Stewart
    Biggleswade
    28 Mar 2021
  • April Benjamin and Dawn Communication
    Lagos
    28 Mar 2021
  • Bronagh Healey
    Online
    31 Mar 2021
  • Humanitech
    Melbourne
    01 Apr 2021
  • TEDxLeverano
    Leverano
    03 Apr 2021
  • Anuj Manoj Kumar
    Pune
    04 Apr 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    08 Apr 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    14 Apr 2021
  • Zachary Solie
    New Berlin
    16 Apr 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    17 Apr 2021
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - The New York Public Library
    Online
    27 Apr 2021
  • Peggy Lu
    Brooklyn
    01 May 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    13 May 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    22 May 2021
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Lagos
    25 May 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    09 Jun 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    10 Jun 2021
  • Lili Abdi
    Ardebil
    15 Jun 2021
  • Fred Kagame
    Kigali
    20 Jun 2021
  • Romanian Academy of Medical Science
    Online
    20 Jun 2021
  • Rob Auer
    Melbourne
    25 Jun 2021
  • Praise Emmanuel
    Port Harcourt
    04 Jul 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    08 Jul 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    14 Jul 2021
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Lagos
    26 Jul 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    11 Aug 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    12 Aug 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    08 Sep 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    09 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
    Online
    14 Oct 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    10 Nov 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    11 Nov 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    08 Dec 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    09 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 frequent, face-to-face conversations to positively impact ourselves, our communities, and our world. 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 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.

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Hosting is a big opportunity and responsibility. Each TED Circles host must ensure the safety and comfort of their guests.

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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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