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.

Host a pilot TED Circle

We are thrilled to co-create the new TED Circles initiative with the TED community. Together we will build a global movement to connect people and conversations through the power of ideas. More than 150 volunteers in over 40 countries stepped up to host TED Circles -- an incredible response that speaks to the passion and the potential of this initiative!

The pilot program (September-November 2019) will shape how the program expands in January 2020. Being a TED Circles Pilot Host is an important role because you are responsible for facilitating a productive conversation. We want to help you be a great host.

Before your Circle

  • Read Pilot Host resources
  • List each of your TED Circles
  • Find a Talk below to share with your Circle

After your Circle

September | World of wonder

Show Talks

October | How to be a better human

Show Talks

November | Justice and society

Carole CadwalladrFacebook's role in Brexit - and the threat to democracy

Conversation starters

  • Is there a way to harness social media for democratic good? (Additional resource: Pia Mancini's Talk)
  • How do you think social media has generally changed the global political climate?
  • What is your stance on Facebook given the meddling supported by the platform's technology?
  • Do you think your elected officials are capable of addressing these issues to re-establish democracy?

Bryan StevensonWe need to talk about an injustice

Conversation starters

  • If justice is the opposite of poverty, what are you doing/think needs to be done to fight the injustice of poverty?
  • How can you begin to solve poverty and incarceration given their disproportionate effects on marginalized communities?
  • Where does courage come into play with tackling injustice?
  • How can our visions of technology, entertainment, and design connect with our visions of humanity, compassion, and justice?

Benedetta BertiDid the global response to 9/11 make us safer?

Conversation starters

  • Are human rights core to the political discourse in your country?
  • Do you feel more or less secure than you did before 9/11, 10 years ago, last year?
  • What changed for you after 9/11? Share your thoughts, experiences, perspectives, and/or patterns you’ve noticed in the wider world.
  • How achievable are the suggested solutions? Do you have suggestions of what could be implemented in your own communities now?

Melanie NezerThe fundamental right to seek asylum

Conversation starters

  • What parallels are there between the refugee crisis in Europe and the Mediterranean?
  • What responsibility do countries have for stabilizing these regions beyond accepting asylum seekers?
  • How does storytelling factor into shaping the refugee conversation?
  • What do you hope is the future of the refugee crisis - politically and generally?

December | Money matters

Show Talks

Suggest other themes and Talks here

Find a pilot TED Circle

More than 150 volunteers in over 40 countries stepped up to become Pilot Hosts between September and November. Here’s when and where they are happening.

  • Kat Haber
    Homer, AK
    01 Sep 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    NY, NY
    03 Sep 2019
  • Suzanne Clifford
    Indianapolis, IN
    04 Sep 2019
  • Suzanne Clifford
    Indianapolis, IN
    04 Sep 2019
  • Victor Miron
    Cluj-Napoca
    08 Sep 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    NY, NY
    09 Sep 2019
  • Irena Komitova
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    09 Sep 2019
  • Ellen Maloney
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    09 Sep 2019
  • Justin Eichorn
    Wichita, KS
    09 Sep 2019
  • Yusuke Suzuki
    Tokyo, Japan
    10 Sep 2019
  • Laura Colcord
    Boston, MA
    11 Sep 2019
  • Florentina Niradewi
    Jakarta
    11 Sep 2019
  • Jerry Almendarez & Paul Lucero
    Bloomington, CA
    12 Sep 2019
  • Carrie Sorensen
    NY, NY
    12 Sep 2019
  • Elena Crescia
    São Paulo, Brazil
    12 Sep 2019
  • Bob Vasile
    Lancaster, PA
    12 Sep 2019
  • Cindy Anderson
    Mason City, IA
    13 Sep 2019
  • Suzanne Piotrowski
    Rochester, NY
    13 Sep 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    14 Sep 2019
  • Becca Williams
    Colorado Springs, CO
    14 Sep 2019
  • Elisa Santos
    Online
    15 Sep 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    15 Sep 2019
  • Carl Joshua Ncube
    Johannesburg
    15 Sep 2019
  • Elisa Santos
    Online
    15 Sep 2019
  • Jimmy Tan
    Shanghai
    15 Sep 2019
  • Karen Minvielle
    Fayetteville, GA
    16 Sep 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    16 Sep 2019
  • Anna Anderson
    London
    16 Sep 2019
  • Trevor Maber
    Saskatoon, SK
    16 Sep 2019
  • Justin Eichorn
    Wichita, KS
    16 Sep 2019
  • Melissa Stanis
    Saratoga, CA
    17 Sep 2019
  • Travis Baird & Kelly Walters
    San Antonio, TX
    17 Sep 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    17 Sep 2019
  • Vanessa North
    Dubai
    17 Sep 2019
  • Anna Anderson
    London
    17 Sep 2019
  • Susan Price
    San Antonio
    18 Sep 2019
  • Trevor Maber
    Saskatoon, SK
    18 Sep 2019
  • Ozay Ozaydin
    Istanbul, Turkey
    18 Sep 2019
  • Michael Ryan
    Astoria, NY
    18 Sep 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    18 Sep 2019
  • Tal Hemo
    Ramat-Gan
    19 Sep 2019
  • Caroline McCarthy
    Brooklyn, NY
    19 Sep 2019
  • Mark Anderson
    Prague
    19 Sep 2019
  • Judit Mihalik
    Budapest
    19 Sep 2019
  • Morgane Quilfen
    Antwerp, Belgium
    19 Sep 2019
  • Julie Wilson
    NY, NY
    19 Sep 2019
  • Jay Klaphake
    Kyoto
    20 Sep 2019
  • Vivian Lim & Kwek Jim See
    Singapore
    20 Sep 2019
  • Trevor Maber
    Saskatoon, SK
    20 Sep 2019
  • Andres F. Giraldo B.
    Pereira, Colombia
    20 Sep 2019
  • Belen Arrogante
    Valencia, Spain
    20 Sep 2019
  • Trevor Maber
    Saskatoon, SK
    20 Sep 2019
  • Jade Zhao
    Shanghai
    21 Sep 2019
  • Carl Joshua Ncube
    Gaborone
    21 Sep 2019
  • Lisa Qin
    Suzhou
    21 Sep 2019
  • Becca Williams
    Manitou Springs, CO
    22 Sep 2019
  • Jeri Hammond
    Chicago, IL
    22 Sep 2019
  • Mengjia Ma
    Shanghai
    22 Sep 2019
  • Travis Baird & Kelly Walters
    San Antonio, TX
    22 Sep 2019
  • Fen Yuan
    Ningbo
    22 Sep 2019
  • Sonja Toussaint
    Nantes
    23 Sep 2019
  • Justin Eichorn
    Wichita, KS
    23 Sep 2019
  • Michael Rust
    Oshkosh, WI
    23 Sep 2019
  • Jessica Lederhausen
    Chicago, IL
    23 Sep 2019
  • Fabien Boutard
    Tours
    23 Sep 2019
  • James Lloyd
    London, UK
    23 Sep 2019
  • Bob Vasile
    Lancaster, PA
    24 Sep 2019
  • Anna Anderson
    London
    24 Sep 2019
  • Kaushal (Ken) Majmudar
    Springfield, NJ
    24 Sep 2019
  • Changkun Shen
    Chengdu
    25 Sep 2019
  • Van Nguyen
    Tokyo
    25 Sep 2019
  • Kennan Salinero
    Palo Alto, CA
    25 Sep 2019
  • Alice Hsu & Arvind Suresh
    Hanover, NH
    25 Sep 2019
  • Jennifer Bowie
    Athens, OH
    25 Sep 2019
  • Kimberley Owen
    Leamington Spa, UK
    25 Sep 2019
  • Suzanne Piotrowski
    Rochester, NY
    25 Sep 2019
  • Kate Thiel
    Online
    25 Sep 2019
  • David Choo
    Seoul
    25 Sep 2019
  • University of Denver Northeast
    NY, NY
    25 Sep 2019
  • Désirée Zucchi
    Verona
    25 Sep 2019
  • Tim Duehrkoop
    Zurich
    25 Sep 2019
  • Heather Niven
    York, UK
    26 Sep 2019
  • Amanda Wrathall & Debbie Rose
    Edinburgh
    26 Sep 2019
  • Ariane Laxo
    Minneapolis, MN
    26 Sep 2019
  • Elena Crescia
    São Paulo, Brazil
    26 Sep 2019
  • Cristina Juesas
    Vitoria-Gasteiz
    27 Sep 2019
  • Laura Colcord
    Warner, NH
    27 Sep 2019
  • Delphine Filloux
    La Baule
    27 Sep 2019
  • Orsolya Faludi
    Budapest
    27 Sep 2019
  • Elisa Santos
    São José dos Campos, Brazil
    27 Sep 2019
  • Bob Angus
    Sonoma, CA
    27 Sep 2019
  • Jasraj Singh
    Chandigarh
    27 Sep 2019
  • Eriko Tsukamoto
    Tokyo
    28 Sep 2019
  • Hugh Choi
    Seoul
    28 Sep 2019
  • Leonardo Teodoro
    Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    28 Sep 2019
  • Marco Antonio Rizzo
    Ferrara
    28 Sep 2019
  • Brian Kinghorn
    Huntington, WV
    29 Sep 2019
  • Richard Lucas
    Krakow, Poland
    29 Sep 2019
  • Eszter Endrody
    Kapolcs
    29 Sep 2019
  • Carol Cleveland
    Bremerton, WA
    29 Sep 2019
  • Dani Dieguez
    Verín (Ourense, Spain)
    29 Sep 2019
  • Stefania Betti
    Firenze
    29 Sep 2019
  • Pal Honti
    Budapest
    30 Sep 2019
  • Susanne Thornes
    Stavanger
    30 Sep 2019
  • Justin Eichorn
    Wichita, KS
    30 Sep 2019
  • Rosie Hawkins
    Exeter
    30 Sep 2019
  • Carrie Hampton
    Pawleys Island, SC
    30 Sep 2019
  • Jeffrey Hardesty
    Scottsdale, AZ
    30 Sep 2019
  • Kat Haber
    Homer, AK
    01 Oct 2019
  • Anna Anderson
    London
    01 Oct 2019
  • Karen Minvielle
    Fayetteville, GA
    01 Oct 2019
  • Vanessa North
    Dubai
    01 Oct 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    02 Oct 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    03 Oct 2019
  • Ariane Laxo
    Minneapolis, MN
    03 Oct 2019
  • Suzanne Piotrowski
    Rochester, NY
    03 Oct 2019
  • Carl Joshua Ncube
    Bulawayo
    04 Oct 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    05 Oct 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    05 Oct 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    05 Oct 2019
  • Leonardo Teodoro
    Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    05 Oct 2019
  • Florentina Niradewi
    Jakarta
    05 Oct 2019
  • Elisa Santos
    Online
    06 Oct 2019
  • Anna Kozlova
    Minsk
    06 Oct 2019
  • Justin Eichorn
    Wichita, KS
    07 Oct 2019
  • Florentina Niradewi & Vivian Lim
    Singapore
    07 Oct 2019
  • Irena Komitova
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    08 Oct 2019
  • Vanessa North
    Dubai
    08 Oct 2019
  • Terry Moore
    NY, NY
    08 Oct 2019
  • Bruno Torres
    Mexico City
    09 Oct 2019
  • Bob Vasile
    Lancaster, PA
    10 Oct 2019
  • Elena Crescia
    São Paulo, Brazil
    10 Oct 2019
  • Sonja Toussaint
    Nantes
    10 Oct 2019
  • Carrie Sorensen
    NY, NY
    10 Oct 2019
  • Julie Wilson
    NY, NY
    10 Oct 2019
  • Jerry Almendarez & Paul Lucero
    Bloomington, CA
    10 Oct 2019
  • Delphine Filloux
    La Baule
    11 Oct 2019
  • Brian Kinghorn
    Huntington, WV
    11 Oct 2019
  • Mengjia Ma
    Shanghai
    13 Oct 2019
  • Victor Miron
    Cluj-Napoca
    13 Oct 2019
  • Pal Honti
    Budapest
    14 Oct 2019
  • Trevor Maber
    Saskatoon, SK
    15 Oct 2019
  • Tomas Agote
    Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
    15 Oct 2019
  • Mark Anderson
    Prague
    15 Oct 2019
  • Changkun Shen
    Chengdu
    16 Oct 2019
  • Jose Fernandez-Calvo
    Miami, FL
    16 Oct 2019
  • Ozay Ozaydin
    Istanbul, Turkey
    16 Oct 2019
  • Trevor Maber
    Saskatoon, SK
    17 Oct 2019
  • Ronald Gross
    NY, NY
    18 Oct 2019
  • Trevor Maber
    Saskatoon, SK
    18 Oct 2019
  • Matteo Maggio
    Venice
    18 Oct 2019
  • Bob Angus
    Sonoma, CA
    18 Oct 2019
  • Leonardo Teodoro
    Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    19 Oct 2019
  • Ariane Laxo
    Minneapolis, MN
    19 Oct 2019
  • Shyam Sundar
    Chennai
    19 Oct 2019
  • Fen Yuan
    Ningbo
    19 Oct 2019
  • Lynn Tabbara
    London, UK
    19 Oct 2019
  • Travis Baird & Kelly Walters
    San Antonio, TX
    19 Oct 2019
  • Eva De Marco
    Udine
    19 Oct 2019
  • Livia Campos
    São José dos Campos, Brazil
    19 Oct 2019
  • Lisa Qin
    Suzhou
    21 Oct 2019
  • Ellen Maloney
    Edinburgh
    21 Oct 2019
  • Van Nguyen
    Tokyo
    21 Oct 2019
  • Bob Vasile
    Lancaster, PA
    22 Oct 2019
  • Melissa Stanis
    Saratoga, CA
    22 Oct 2019
  • Elena Paweta
    Warsaw
    22 Oct 2019
  • Amir Banifatemi
    Los Angeles, CA
    23 Oct 2019
  • David Choo
    Seoul
    23 Oct 2019
  • Jo Dee Davis
    Columbus, OH
    23 Oct 2019
  • Tim Duehrkoop
    Zurich
    23 Oct 2019
  • Suzanne Piotrowski
    Rochester, NY
    24 Oct 2019
  • Emilia Garito
    Roma
    24 Oct 2019
  • Yusuke Suzuki
    Tokyo, Japan
    24 Oct 2019
  • Elena Crescia
    São Paulo, Brazil
    24 Oct 2019
  • Susanne Thornes
    Stavanger
    24 Oct 2019
  • Jennifer Bowie
    Athens, OH
    24 Oct 2019
  • Amanda Wrathall & Debbie Rose
    Edinburgh
    24 Oct 2019
  • Sally Coffman and Lindy Boeck
    Chandler, AZ
    24 Oct 2019
  • James Lloyd
    London, UK
    24 Oct 2019
  • Suzan Brandt
    Mountain Brook
    24 Oct 2019
  • Paula Rincon
    Bogotá
    25 Oct 2019
  • Laura Colcord
    Warner, NH
    25 Oct 2019
  • Sudeep Rauniar
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    25 Oct 2019
  • Zsuzsa Szendi
    Eger, Hungary
    25 Oct 2019
  • Alice Hsu & Arvind Suresh
    Hanover, NH
    25 Oct 2019
  • Bengt Ohman
    Stockholm
    26 Oct 2019
  • Waleed Khalid
    Oxford, UK
    26 Oct 2019
  • Marco Antonio Rizzo
    Ferrara
    26 Oct 2019
  • Yitong Lu & Jessie Once
    Xi'an, China
    26 Oct 2019
  • Richard Lucas
    Krakow, Poland
    26 Oct 2019
  • Hugh Choi
    Seoul
    26 Oct 2019
  • Gordon Garb
    Mountain View, CA
    27 Oct 2019
  • Eriko Tsukamoto
    Fukuoka
    27 Oct 2019
  • Kimberley Owen
    Leamington Spa
    27 Oct 2019
  • Elisa Santos
    Online
    27 Oct 2019
  • Morgane Quilfen
    Antwerp, Belgium
    28 Oct 2019
  • Tomas Agote
    Buenos Aires
    28 Oct 2019
  • Fabien Boutard
    Tours
    28 Oct 2019
  • Caroline McCarthy
    Brooklyn, NY
    28 Oct 2019
  • Jessica Lederhausen
    Chicago, IL
    28 Oct 2019
  • Karen Minvielle
    Fayetteville, GA
    28 Oct 2019
  • Mario Gioto
    Campinas
    29 Oct 2019
  • Hyper Island Students
    Stockholm
    29 Oct 2019
  • Oriana Ascanio
    Exeter
    29 Oct 2019
  • Travis Baird & Kelly Walters
    San Antonio, TX
    29 Oct 2019
  • Dani Dieguez
    Valença, Portugal
    29 Oct 2019
  • Gustavo Agustin Perez
    Buenos Aires
    29 Oct 2019
  • Antonia Fluturica
    Bucharest
    29 Oct 2019
  • Becca Williams
    Colorado Springs, CO
    30 Oct 2019
  • Jeri Hammond
    Chicago, IL
    30 Oct 2019
  • Desiree Zucchi
    Verona
    30 Oct 2019
  • Kennan Salinero
    Palo Alto, CA
    30 Oct 2019
  • Mel Rosenberg
    Ramat Gan
    30 Oct 2019
  • Richard Lucas
    Taipei
    30 Oct 2019
  • Francesco Silicani
    Grottaferrata
    31 Oct 2019
  • Belen Arrogante
    Valencia
    31 Oct 2019
  • Kate Thiel
    Online
    31 Oct 2019
  • Hui Dong
    Melbourne
    31 Oct 2019
  • Eszter Endrody
    Budapest
    31 Oct 2019
  • Andres F. Giraldo B.
    Pereira, Colombia
    31 Oct 2019
  • Aurra Kawanzaruwa
    Harare
    31 Oct 2019
  • Jay Klaphake
    Kyoto
    31 Oct 2019
  • Desiree Zucchi
    Verona
    31 Oct 2019
  • Ronald Gross
    NY, NY
    01 Nov 2019
  • Leonardo Teodoro
    Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    02 Nov 2019
  • Jade Zhao
    Shanghai
    02 Nov 2019
  • Jimmy Tan
    Shanghai
    03 Nov 2019
  • Victor Miron
    Cluj-Napoca
    03 Nov 2019
  • Morgane Quilfen
    Antwerp, Belgium
    04 Nov 2019
  • Terry Moore
    NY, NY
    04 Nov 2019
  • Emily Williams
    Los Angeles
    05 Nov 2019
  • Jose Fernandez-Calvo
    Miami, FL
    05 Nov 2019
  • Bob Vasile
    Strasburg, PA
    05 Nov 2019
  • Matteo Maggio
    Venice
    06 Nov 2019
  • Sandeep Roy
    Bristol, UK
    06 Nov 2019
  • Tomas Agote
    Buenos Aires
    06 Nov 2019
  • Suzanne Piotrowski
    Rochester, NY
    07 Nov 2019
  • Ian Firth
    London
    08 Nov 2019
  • Sonja Toussaint
    Machecoul
    08 Nov 2019
  • Ian Firth
    London
    08 Nov 2019
  • Kebakaone Marumo
    Seoul
    09 Nov 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    10 Nov 2019
  • Emily Williams
    Los Angeles
    10 Nov 2019
  • Elisa Santos
    Online
    10 Nov 2019
  • Mengjia Ma
    Shanghai
    10 Nov 2019
  • Karen Minvielle
    Fayetteville, GA
    11 Nov 2019
  • Bengt Ohman
    Stockholm
    11 Nov 2019
  • Tomas Agote
    Buenos Aires
    11 Nov 2019
  • Mario Chamorro
    Mountain View, CA
    11 Nov 2019
  • Deborah Benson
    Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL
    12 Nov 2019
  • Vanessa North
    Dubai
    12 Nov 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    12 Nov 2019
  • Marius Ivascu
    Baia Mare
    12 Nov 2019
  • Ariane Laxo
    Minneapolis, MN
    12 Nov 2019
  • Michael McCormick
    Perris, CA
    12 Nov 2019
  • Eriko Tsukamoto
    Fukuoka
    13 Nov 2019
  • Changkun Shen
    Chengdu
    13 Nov 2019
  • Joost de Bruin
    Utrecht
    13 Nov 2019
  • Melissa Alden
    Berkeley, CA
    13 Nov 2019
  • University of Denver Northeast
    NY, NY
    13 Nov 2019
  • Tomas Agote
    Buenos Aires
    13 Nov 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    14 Nov 2019
  • Kebakaone Marumo
    Online
    14 Nov 2019
  • Julie Wilson
    NY, NY
    14 Nov 2019
  • Emily Williams
    Los Angeles
    14 Nov 2019
  • Sudeep Rauniar
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    14 Nov 2019
  • Elena Crescia
    Sao Paulo, Brazil
    14 Nov 2019
  • Suzanne Piotrowski
    Rochester, NY
    14 Nov 2019
  • Carrie Sorensen
    NY, NY
    14 Nov 2019
  • Bob Vasile
    Lancaster, PA
    14 Nov 2019
  • Joost de Bruin
    Utrecht
    15 Nov 2019
  • Cristina Juesas
    Vitoria-Gasteiz
    15 Nov 2019
  • Lynn Tabbara
    London, UK
    16 Nov 2019
  • Yitong Lu & Jessie Once
    Xi'an, China
    16 Nov 2019
  • Audrey Dimarucot
    Pasig City, Philippines
    16 Nov 2019
  • Lisa Qin
    Suzhou
    18 Nov 2019
  • Joost de Bruin
    Utrecht
    18 Nov 2019
  • Van Nguyen
    Tokyo
    18 Nov 2019
  • Laura Colcord
    Boston, MA
    18 Nov 2019
  • Susan Bird
    NY, NY
    18 Nov 2019
  • Kat Haber
    Edwards, CO
    18 Nov 2019
  • Irena Komitova
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    18 Nov 2019
  • Simona Sinesi
    Milano
    19 Nov 2019
  • Elena Paweta
    Warsaw
    19 Nov 2019
  • Vanessa North
    Dubai
    19 Nov 2019
  • Ozay Ozaydin
    Istanbul, Turkey
    20 Nov 2019
  • Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    20 Nov 2019
  • Ellen Maloney
    Edinburgh
    20 Nov 2019
  • Yusuke Suzuki
    Tokyo, Japan
    20 Nov 2019
  • Tomas Agote
    Buenos Aires
    20 Nov 2019
  • Ronald Gross
    NY, NY
    20 Nov 2019
  • Quentin Vayssat
    Clermont-Ferrand
    21 Nov 2019
  • Delphine Filloux
    La Baule
    21 Nov 2019
  • Sally Coffman and Lindy Boeck
    Chandler, AZ
    21 Nov 2019
  • Jo Dee Davis
    Columbus, OH
    21 Nov 2019
  • Bruno Torres
    Mexico City
    21 Nov 2019
  • Amanda Wrathall & Debbie Rose
    Edinburgh
    21 Nov 2019
  • Jennifer Bowie
    Athens, OH
    21 Nov 2019
  • Mark Anderson
    Prague
    21 Nov 2019
  • Maurizio Berti
    Cesena
    22 Nov 2019
  • Paula Rincon
    Bogotá
    22 Nov 2019
  • Florentina Niradewi
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    22 Nov 2019
  • Eva De Marco (TEDxUdine)
    Udine
    22 Nov 2019
  • Laura Colcord
    Warner, NH
    22 Nov 2019
  • Melissa Alden
    Berkeley, CA
    22 Nov 2019
  • Shyam Sundar
    Chennai
    23 Nov 2019
  • Hugh Choi
    Seoul
    23 Nov 2019
  • Waleed Khalid
    Oxford, UK
    23 Nov 2019
  • Eszter Endrody
    Budapest
    23 Nov 2019
  • April Cioffi
    Rutland, VT
    23 Nov 2019
  • Bryant A. Gonzales
    Cebu City, Philippines
    23 Nov 2019
  • Gordon Garb
    Mountain View, CA
    24 Nov 2019
  • Elisa Santos & Sonja Neef
    Online
    24 Nov 2019
  • Kimberley Owen
    Leamington Spa
    24 Nov 2019
  • Becca Williams
    Colorado Springs, CO
    24 Nov 2019
  • Arunraj Subbaraj
    Muscat
    25 Nov 2019
  • Fabien Boutard
    Tours
    25 Nov 2019
  • Kristen David
    Seattle, WA
    25 Nov 2019
  • Hui Dong
    Melbourne
    25 Nov 2019
  • Enio Arroyo
    La Plata, Argentina
    25 Nov 2019
  • Antonia Fluturica
    Bucharest
    26 Nov 2019
  • Wardah Jamil
    Phoenix
    26 Nov 2019
  • Vanessa North
    Dubai
    26 Nov 2019
  • Bob Vasile
    Lancaster, PA
    26 Nov 2019
  • Hyper Island Students
    Stockholm
    26 Nov 2019
  • Mel Rosenberg
    Ramat Gan
    27 Nov 2019
  • David Choo
    Seoul
    27 Nov 2019
  • Pal Honti
    Budapest
    27 Nov 2019
  • Elena Crescia
    Sao Paulo, Brazil
    28 Nov 2019
  • Susanne Thornes
    Stavanger
    28 Nov 2019
  • Kris de Guzman
    San Juan City
    28 Nov 2019
  • Sudeep Rauniar
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    29 Nov 2019
  • Sonja Toussaint
    Machecoul
    29 Nov 2019
  • Marco Antonio Rizzo
    Ferrara
    30 Nov 2019
  • Sudeep Rauniar
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    30 Nov 2019
  • Audrey Dimarucot
    Pasig City, Philippines
    30 Nov 2019
  • Joanne Law
    Narre Warren
    30 Nov 2019
  • Tatiana Krasnoperova
    Izhevsk, Russia
    30 Nov 2019
  • Ahmad Khurshid
    Lahore
    30 Nov 2019
  • Fen Yuan
    Ningbo
    30 Nov 2019
  • Daniel Cerventus
    Kuala Lumpur
    05 Dec 2019
  • Ian Firth
    London
    05 Dec 2019
  • Vanessa North
    Dubai
    11 Dec 2019
  • Mario Chamorro
    Mountain View, CA
    13 Dec 2019
  • Lynn Tabbara
    London
    14 Dec 2019
  • Arunraj Subbaraj
    Muscat
    20 Dec 2019
  • Bryant A. Gonzales
    Cebu City, Philippines
    21 Dec 2019
  • Marius Ivascu
    Baia Mare
    26 Dec 2019
  • Karen Minvielle
    Fayetteville, GA
    13 Jan 2020
  • Lynn Tabbara
    London
    18 Jan 2020
  • Arunraj Subbaraj
    Muscat
    20 Jan 2020
  • Bryant A. Gonzales
    Cebu City, Philippines
    25 Jan 2020
  • Bryant A. Gonzales
    Cebu City, Philippines
    15 Feb 2020
  • Lynn Tabbara
    London
    15 Feb 2020
  • Arunraj Subbaraj
    Muscat
    20 Feb 2020

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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 participants’ style. With many possibilities come many questions:

Who can host a TED Circle?

In January 2020, there will be online registration available to anyone who wants to host a TED Circle.

Who can participate in a TED Circle?

In January 2020, there will be online registration available to anyone who wants to participate in a TED 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 participants 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, bars, schools, workplaces, library, 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 participants. 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.