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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.

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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

September | Leading with curiosityJoin an online Circle hosted by TED

Nadya MasonHow to spark your curiosity scientifically

Conversation starters

Juna KollmeierThe most detailed map of galaxies, black holes and stars ever made

Conversation starters

  • What is your favorite thing to imagine that may exist in space (e.g. true Earth-like planets, aliens, space squids, or something else)?
  • Are there any photographs, books, television shows, movies, myths or news stories that have captured your curiosity in a way that have made you want to learn about space?
  • What is something that initially scared you but fascinated you once you learned more about it?
  • What do you think we’ll learn or discover in the next 100 years?

Özlem CekicWhy I have coffee with people who send me hate mail

Conversation starters

  • Why do you think those who sent Cekic hate mail agreed to meet her for coffee?
  • In her appearance on TED Radio Hour, Cekic says she participates in #dialoguecoffee because she “really, really loves democracy.” She adds, “Conversation is difficult, but it is the most necessary thing in a democracy.” Do you agree or disagree with this latter statement? Why or why not?
  • How can you engage in a healthy dialogue with groups you demonize? Weigh the pros and cons of each approach.
  • In spaces where you think you have no power or influence, why do you feel powerless? What are some ways, big or small, that can enact your potential and change that perception?

Eduardo BriceñoHow to get better at the things you care about

Conversation starters

  • How often are you in the learning zone versus the performance zone?
  • Share a time from your life that demonstrates the learning zone/performance zone principle. What did you have to learn and practice and how did you demonstrate your mastery of it?
  • What’s one skill or practice you would like to improve in your life right now? How can you ensure that you will spend more time in the learning zone for that topic?
  • Would you want to see your workplace or school offering space to experiment and take risks? If yes, what might this look like for your specific context? If not, why not?

Upcoming months

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

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Previous months

View all previous themes.

August | How change happens

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July | Designing with humanity

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June | Resilience

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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.

View previous Circles.

  • Ahmad Khurshid
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Sana Awan
    Hyderabad
    30 Sep 2020
  • Dan Hibberd
    Auckland
    30 Sep 2020
  • Ozay Ozaydin
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • TED Conferences
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Allen Fujimoto
    Denver
    30 Sep 2020
  • Kennesaw State University
    Kennesaw
    30 Sep 2020
  • Sharkya Stem School
    Zagazig
    30 Sep 2020
  • Aniket Modi
    Lalitpur
    30 Sep 2020
  • Van Nguyen and Diego Sanz
    Tokyo
    30 Sep 2020
  • Bea Arias
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Rohit Kumar Verma
    Kowloon
    30 Sep 2020
  • TEDxBolzano
    Bolzano
    30 Sep 2020
  • TEDxTIU
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Shital Badshah
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • VIVA Media
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Van Nguyen and Diego Sanz
    Tokyo
    30 Sep 2020
  • Emily Nguyen
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Joan Christopher
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Carolynn Santos
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • TEDxBrianza
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Stefanie Monge
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Psikocoaching Consulting
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Valentina Borges
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Joseph Dodd
    London
    30 Sep 2020
  • Joseph Dodd
    London
    30 Sep 2020
  • Bhupinder Pal Kaur
    Gurugram
    30 Sep 2020
  • Andrea Torres
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Valentina Borges
    Caracas
    30 Sep 2020
  • Christopher Finley
    Fresno
    30 Sep 2020
  • Andrea Torres
    Margarita
    30 Sep 2020
  • Emerald Technology Group Inc
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Luis Vicente Garcia
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • XR Banbury
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • TEDxToronto
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Mariyam Shathrath Shakir
    Male
    30 Sep 2020
  • Eddie Ying
    San Francisco
    30 Sep 2020
  • Starlett Henderson
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Rasha Tiozon
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Lorraine Lloyd
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Isaac Marti Ubeda Gonzalez
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - The New York Public Library
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Rasha Tiozon
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • TEDxTangamanga
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Fadia Bourbia
    Constantine
    30 Sep 2020
  • Jade Brown
    New York
    30 Sep 2020
  • Rushank Goyal
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Mohammad Alkhudari
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • TEDxSantaCruzdelaSierra
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • TEDxSriSairamIT
    Online
    30 Sep 2020
  • Trisha Bhattacharya and Atrik Saha
    Mumbai
    01 Oct 2020
  • Lukas Bierfreund
    Vallendar
    01 Oct 2020
  • TEDxDelStateU
    Online
    01 Oct 2020
  • Julio Cesar Garcia
    Quito
    01 Oct 2020
  • Renata Freitas
    Online
    01 Oct 2020
  • Renata Freitas
    Online
    01 Oct 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    01 Oct 2020
  • Ereny Moawad
    Online
    01 Oct 2020
  • Los Angeles Public Library Business and Economics Department
    Online
    01 Oct 2020
  • Eric Langermann
    Strasbourg
    01 Oct 2020
  • TEDxDelStateU
    Online
    01 Oct 2020
  • Renata Freitas
    Sao Jose dos Campos
    01 Oct 2020
  • Nikki Guralnek
    Online
    01 Oct 2020
  • Dolapo Adeyemi
    Wallington
    01 Oct 2020
  • Raffaele Amodeo
    Online
    01 Oct 2020
  • Jade Brown
    New York
    01 Oct 2020
  • Arianna Palomo
    Online
    01 Oct 2020
  • Sanela Cakaric Bojic
    Online
    02 Oct 2020
  • CSV Lombardia Sud
    Cremona
    02 Oct 2020
  • Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
    Online
    02 Oct 2020
  • TEDxYouth@Ferhadija
    Sarajevo
    02 Oct 2020
  • Nessrine Berrama
    Paris
    02 Oct 2020
  • Asha Prasad
    Bangalore
    02 Oct 2020
  • Futureshot Factory
    Online
    02 Oct 2020
  • Ubuntu Culture LLC
    Online
    02 Oct 2020
  • Pia Daba
    Menlo Park
    02 Oct 2020
  • Jade Brown
    Online
    02 Oct 2020
  • Mohammed Amaan
    Hyderabad
    02 Oct 2020
  • VisionVoice Inc.
    Online
    02 Oct 2020
  • Adebola Adefioye
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • Marcos Filho
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • TEDxESPE
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • TEDxESPE
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • Hecha Bolsa
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • Edric Subur
    Singapore
    03 Oct 2020
  • Activate Mental Health
    Perth
    03 Oct 2020
  • Yosri Azabou
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • Adebola Adefioye
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • Alex Bejasa and Miguel Domingo
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • Mukund Hari Nathany
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • William Lambe
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • Muhammad Abid
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • The BuildingBlocks Learning Centre
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • Siju Kumar
    Online
    03 Oct 2020
  • TEDxLeamingtonSpa
    Online
    04 Oct 2020
  • Benessere Animale Collateral Healings International Community Interest Company
    Online
    04 Oct 2020
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    04 Oct 2020
  • Tianmei's World Academy
    Online
    04 Oct 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    04 Oct 2020
  • Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
    Online
    04 Oct 2020
  • Nurture Culture LLC
    Online
    04 Oct 2020
  • Dani Alfonzo and Emilio Bujosa Tato
    Online
    04 Oct 2020
  • University of the Third Age
    Online
    05 Oct 2020
  • TEDxTangamanga
    San Luis Potosi
    05 Oct 2020
  • Antonis Triantafyllakis
    Online
    05 Oct 2020
  • Faith Bogonko
    Nairobi
    05 Oct 2020
  • TEDxKCMT
    Online
    06 Oct 2020
  • Marcia Platilha
    Nova Lima
    06 Oct 2020
  • Christine Charnock and Ian Cunningham
    Online
    06 Oct 2020
  • Christine Charnock and Ian Cunningham
    Mississauga
    06 Oct 2020
  • Christine Charnock and Ian Cunningham
    Newmarket
    06 Oct 2020
  • Uwaye Soetan
    Online
    06 Oct 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    06 Oct 2020
  • Charles Monk
    Online
    06 Oct 2020
  • The Bute Group
    Online
    06 Oct 2020
  • TEDxFrome
    Online
    06 Oct 2020
  • Elena Accorinti
    Online
    07 Oct 2020
  • Dorothy Sheckler
    Online
    07 Oct 2020
  • Matt Stewart
    Online
    07 Oct 2020
  • TEDxSalisburyUniversity
    Online
    07 Oct 2020
  • Anudeep Varma Vinnakota
    Visakhapatnam
    07 Oct 2020
  • Aditi Gupta
    New Delhi
    07 Oct 2020
  • Patrick McAndrew
    New York
    07 Oct 2020
  • Pia Daba
    Menlo Park
    07 Oct 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    07 Oct 2020
  • Tina Brunet
    Online
    07 Oct 2020
  • R3 Strategic Search
    Cedarburg
    08 Oct 2020
  • Box for Health
    Online
    08 Oct 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    08 Oct 2020
  • Lindsey Mosier
    Online
    08 Oct 2020
  • Siju Kumar
    Chennai
    08 Oct 2020
  • Sreela Gillams
    Online
    08 Oct 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Online
    08 Oct 2020
  • TEDxVillaUrquiza
    Online
    08 Oct 2020
  • Siju Kumar Padmanabhan
    Chennai
    08 Oct 2020
  • Grace Ridge Brewing Inc.
    Homer
    08 Oct 2020
  • Rebecca Johnson
    La Jolla
    09 Oct 2020
  • Nancy Perry
    Online
    09 Oct 2020
  • Abeer Awad
    Online
    09 Oct 2020
  • Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
    Online
    09 Oct 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    09 Oct 2020
  • Ricky Williams
    Bowie
    09 Oct 2020
  • TEDxLuxembourgCity
    Online
    09 Oct 2020
  • Gustavo Tissera
    Barcelona
    09 Oct 2020
  • Dena Wiggins
    Online
    09 Oct 2020
  • TEDxLongBeach
    Long Beach
    10 Oct 2020
  • TEDxTangamanga
    Online
    10 Oct 2020
  • Nada Jankovicova
    Bratislava
    10 Oct 2020
  • Ceyda Oner
    Istanbul
    10 Oct 2020
  • Sharanya Narayani International School
    Bangalore
    10 Oct 2020
  • Jeff Hou
    Online
    10 Oct 2020
  • IBS Hyderabad
    Online
    10 Oct 2020
  • Geevarathna Geevarathna
    Online
    10 Oct 2020
  • Elizabeth Taylor
    Online
    10 Oct 2020
  • Roberto Gejman
    Online
    10 Oct 2020
  • Mariam Saeed Khan
    Online
    10 Oct 2020
  • TEDxCharoenkrung
    Bangkok
    10 Oct 2020
  • TEDxBogota
    Online
    10 Oct 2020
  • Encores LifeWork
    Online
    10 Oct 2020
  • Elena Crescia
    Online
    10 Oct 2020
  • Talent Reunion
    Jeddah
    10 Oct 2020
  • Lakshmi Swathi Gandham
    Online
    10 Oct 2020
  • TEDxKanke
    Ranchi
    10 Oct 2020
  • Deb Mukherji
    Delhi
    10 Oct 2020
  • TEDxCharoenkrung
    Bangkok
    11 Oct 2020
  • Carrie Hines
    Online
    11 Oct 2020
  • Chakilam Vasavi Sandhya
    Hyderabad
    11 Oct 2020
  • Renata Moerbeck
    Online
    11 Oct 2020
  • Bob Simpson
    Online
    12 Oct 2020
  • Silvia Solana
    Online
    12 Oct 2020
  • TEDxTangamanga
    Online
    12 Oct 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    12 Oct 2020
  • Mosaic Genius
    Online
    12 Oct 2020
  • Wanneroo and Communities Suicide Prevention Network
    Perth
    12 Oct 2020
  • TEDxMacedo
    Online
    12 Oct 2020
  • Gunsu Han
    Suwon-si
    12 Oct 2020
  • Denis Mazini
    Online
    13 Oct 2020
  • Janet Fouts
    Online
    14 Oct 2020
  • TEDxFerhadija
    Sarajevo
    14 Oct 2020
  • Ciara Moore
    Cambridge
    14 Oct 2020
  • Ciara Moore
    Cambridge
    14 Oct 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    14 Oct 2020
  • WorkVisible
    Perth
    14 Oct 2020
  • Meredith Cummings
    Online
    14 Oct 2020
  • Adrianna McQuaid
    Online
    15 Oct 2020
  • CNandCO
    Online
    15 Oct 2020
  • WLA Sylmar - Katerina Serafimova, Joe Hanson, Ayyalasomayajula, Madhavi
    Online
    15 Oct 2020
  • Kate Gardiner
    Online
    15 Oct 2020
  • Gurmeet Bhalla
    Bangalore
    15 Oct 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    15 Oct 2020
  • Aga Chojnacka
    Online
    15 Oct 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    15 Oct 2020
  • Shandra Carlson
    Online
    15 Oct 2020
  • Christy Hopper
    Online
    15 Oct 2020
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    15 Oct 2020
  • Grant Herbon
    Online
    15 Oct 2020
  • Grant Herbon
    San Antonio
    15 Oct 2020
  • Nati Tarjanyi
    London
    15 Oct 2020
  • Dynamic Education and Tution Centre Pvt Ltd
    Online
    15 Oct 2020
  • Pia Daba
    Menlo Park
    15 Oct 2020
  • Rashmi Watel
    Online
    15 Oct 2020
  • Penny Norkus
    Online
    16 Oct 2020
  • Sadhan Bhattacharya and Arnab Saha and Samuel Wankhede
    Online
    16 Oct 2020
  • Dena Wiggins
    Online
    16 Oct 2020
  • Nicole Lee
    Online
    16 Oct 2020
  • Melinda Grooms
    Nashville
    16 Oct 2020
  • Bhavyaa Fnu
    Online
    16 Oct 2020
  • VIVA Media
    Online
    16 Oct 2020
  • tilt.work
    Online
    16 Oct 2020
  • Amar Bhuta
    Austin
    16 Oct 2020
  • Anita John
    New York
    16 Oct 2020
  • Jasmin A. Rehmani
    Online
    16 Oct 2020
  • Jamila Mindingall
    Online
    16 Oct 2020
  • On The Road BCCenter
    Curitiba
    16 Oct 2020
  • Renata Machado
    Online
    16 Oct 2020
  • Galit Ariel
    Online
    16 Oct 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    17 Oct 2020
  • Sharanya Narayani International School
    Online
    17 Oct 2020
  • Naren Kashyap
    Online
    17 Oct 2020
  • Ursula Hahn and Claus Bradtke
    Funchal
    17 Oct 2020
  • Neuropista Innovación y Estrategia
    Lima
    17 Oct 2020
  • Piyush Vijayanandakurup
    Kansas City
    17 Oct 2020
  • La Fabrique à héros
    Online
    17 Oct 2020
  • Michael Berkey
    Online
    17 Oct 2020
  • TEDxPutalisadak
    Online
    17 Oct 2020
  • Kayoko Takahashi
    Online
    17 Oct 2020
  • Emem Opashi
    Online
    17 Oct 2020
  • Bronagh Healey
    Online
    18 Oct 2020
  • Ancy Cherian
    Online
    18 Oct 2020
  • Chaitanya Gadekar
    Online
    18 Oct 2020
  • Kayoko Takahashi
    Online
    18 Oct 2020
  • Tianmei's World Academy
    Online
    18 Oct 2020
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    19 Oct 2020
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    19 Oct 2020
  • Antonis Triantafyllakis
    Berlin
    19 Oct 2020
  • Township Library of Lower Southampton
    Online
    19 Oct 2020
  • Katy O'Leary
    Online
    19 Oct 2020
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    20 Oct 2020
  • Leanne Gordon
    Online
    20 Oct 2020
  • GAPS Disability Management
    Online
    20 Oct 2020
  • Lindy Boeck and Sally Coffman
    Phoenix
    20 Oct 2020
  • Davide Caffi
    Online
    20 Oct 2020
  • Rachel Berg and Shonda Kohlhoff and Graham Berg
    St. Simon Islands
    20 Oct 2020
  • TEDxTinHauWomen
    Online
    20 Oct 2020
  • Entevos
    Online
    20 Oct 2020
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    20 Oct 2020
  • Sacha Thompson
    Online
    20 Oct 2020
  • WorkHere - Hereford Coworking Space
    Hereford
    21 Oct 2020
  • Ximena Cardenas
    Online
    21 Oct 2020
  • Thania Alpizar
    Zapopan
    21 Oct 2020
  • TEDxWinchester
    Online
    21 Oct 2020
  • Lyn Jardine
    Online
    22 Oct 2020
  • Infinita Consulting
    Online
    22 Oct 2020
  • Nancy Perry
    Online
    22 Oct 2020
  • MindTeam Solutions Inc.
    Online
    22 Oct 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    22 Oct 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Online
    22 Oct 2020
  • Uchechi Nworah
    Online
    23 Oct 2020
  • Uchechi Nworah
    Online
    23 Oct 2020
  • Uchechi Nworah
    Online
    23 Oct 2020
  • Uchechi Nworah
    Online
    23 Oct 2020
  • Uchechi Nworah
    Online
    23 Oct 2020
  • Uchechi Nworah
    Online
    23 Oct 2020
  • Kraken Tactics
    Online
    23 Oct 2020
  • Rajagiri Panagar
    Bangalore
    23 Oct 2020
  • Tracy Currie
    Online
    23 Oct 2020
  • ThinkandTalk
    Online
    23 Oct 2020
  • John Leihmar Toledo
    Los Banos
    23 Oct 2020
  • Uchechi Nworah
    Online
    23 Oct 2020
  • Doria Esther Benaim
    Caracas
    23 Oct 2020
  • Uchechi Nworah
    Online
    23 Oct 2020
  • TEDxLuxembourgCity
    Online
    23 Oct 2020
  • Nurit Yankeleivch
    Tel Aviv
    24 Oct 2020
  • Collegey
    Tacoma
    24 Oct 2020
  • Sofia Larrea
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • Andrew Gao
    San Diego
    24 Oct 2020
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • Sarah Bowers
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • TEDxKanke
    Ranchi
    24 Oct 2020
  • Sofia Larrea
    Quito
    24 Oct 2020
  • RADIANTISM
    Surabaya
    24 Oct 2020
  • TEDxRUPP
    Phnom Penh
    24 Oct 2020
  • TEDxUPC
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • Carolina Paulino and Kelsey Guinnup
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    24 Oct 2020
  • Pulkit Sardana
    Delhi
    25 Oct 2020
  • Nicky Nazareth
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • Action Climate Studio
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • Leah K Stewart
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • TEDxUF
    Online
    26 Oct 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    26 Oct 2020
  • TEDxTangamanga
    Online
    26 Oct 2020
  • TEDxSantaCruzdelaSierra
    Online
    26 Oct 2020
  • TEDxBanbury
    Online
    26 Oct 2020
  • Mohammed Abdu
    logia
    27 Oct 2020
  • Love University Corp
    Online
    27 Oct 2020
  • Psikocoaching Consulting
    Online
    27 Oct 2020
  • Antoinette Sarpong
    Online
    27 Oct 2020
  • Love University Corp
    Online
    27 Oct 2020
  • TEDxMelbourne
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • Courtney Little and Will Aubron
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • Carolynn Santos
    Oak Grove
    28 Oct 2020
  • April Benjamin and Dawn Communication
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • April Benjamin and Dawn Communication
    Lagos
    28 Oct 2020
  • Stanbridge University
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • Jade Brown
    Online
    28 Oct 2020
  • Thania Alpizar
    Zapopan
    28 Oct 2020
  • Robin Powers
    Buffalo
    28 Oct 2020
  • Giacomo Manzoni
    Milan
    28 Oct 2020
  • Canay Atalay
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Lagos
    29 Oct 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Valante Grant and Vanyce Grant
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Zoho Schools of Learning
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • TEDxColoniaMiramonte
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Olive Murphy
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • TEDxAbbotsford
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Sinead Welsh
    Online
    29 Oct 2020
  • Instructional Connections LLC
    Fort Worth
    29 Oct 2020
  • G2 Leadership Institute
    Cincinnati
    29 Oct 2020
  • Liz Kingsley
    Kent
    30 Oct 2020
  • TEDxTehran
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Aadhyaaa Mashru
    Faridabad
    30 Oct 2020
  • Emily Nguyen
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Lucas Tibiriçá
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Mohammad Alkhudari
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Stella Kostopoulos
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Jade Brown
    New York
    30 Oct 2020
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • Lois Sharbel and Sandra Lawler
    Online
    30 Oct 2020
  • TEDxCrannTreesforIreland
    Dublin
    31 Oct 2020
  • Taiwo Peace Oyeniyi
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • Starlett Henderson
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • Rushank Goyal
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • Muhammad Abid
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • TEDxJSPMRSCOE
    Online
    31 Oct 2020
  • Academic Leaders' Innovation Forum
    Faisalabad
    31 Oct 2020
  • Hamish Stewart and Seble Samuel
    Online
    01 Nov 2020
  • Ashi Bhargava
    Mumbai
    02 Nov 2020
  • Lori Stevic-Rust
    Chesterland
    02 Nov 2020
  • Doubbakh Tarek
    Algeria
    02 Nov 2020
  • Ubuntu Culture LLC
    Online
    06 Nov 2020
  • Galit Ariel
    Online
    06 Nov 2020
  • Hellenic Association for the Promotion of Rhetoric in Education
    Athens
    07 Nov 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    07 Nov 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    07 Nov 2020
  • Renata Moerbeck
    Online
    08 Nov 2020
  • Jose Ramos
    Glen Allen
    09 Nov 2020
  • Bob Simpson
    Online
    09 Nov 2020
  • Gustavo Tissera
    Barcelona
    09 Nov 2020
  • Mostafa Kashef
    Online
    10 Nov 2020
  • Athena Wisdom Institute
    Zürich
    10 Nov 2020
  • WorkVisible
    Perth
    11 Nov 2020
  • TEDxBogota
    Online
    11 Nov 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    11 Nov 2020
  • Keith Dyer
    Nelspruit
    11 Nov 2020
  • Aquila’s Nest Vineyards
    Newtown
    11 Nov 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster
    12 Nov 2020
  • TEDxVillaUrquiza
    Online
    12 Nov 2020
  • Arianna Palomo
    Online
    12 Nov 2020
  • Jamila Mindingall
    Online
    13 Nov 2020
  • Angeline John
    Coimbatore
    14 Nov 2020
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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:

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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?

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What is discussed during a TED Circle?

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Where do TED Circles take place?

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Rules of engagement

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