TED Circles

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TED Circles is an open community of small groups that discuss big ideas.

Hosted by volunteers, Circles discuss a TED Talk about the monthly theme. By considering each other’s perspectives, they create a global conversation. That conversation needs everyone so we hope you join as a host or as a guest.

Circles help communities stay connected, especially now. The video illustrates how you can host your own!

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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

September | ImaginationJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

Manoush ZomorodiHow boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas

Conversation starters

  • When did you last spend an extended period of time away from your phone? What were the circumstances? How did that feel?
  • Why might so many of us be fearful of being bored?
  • Zomorodi shared that she felt the most creative while engaging in long, monotonous tasks. What are the moments or conditions when you feel most creative or generate your best ideas? Do they also take place during instances of “boredom”?
  • The most difficult task for the “Bored and Brilliant” participants was deleting “that” app; the time wasting, bad habit one. Which app would that be for you? Do you think you could do it? Try it for a while and report back at next month’s Circle!

Christopher RobichaudHow I used Dungeons & Dragons to teach ethics

Conversation starters

  • Do you play Dungeons & Dragons, or something similar? If so, share what you love about the game. If not, has Robichaud piqued your interest to try?
  • What are your favorite games to play with friends and/or family and why?
  • What experience and skills do you feel you have gained from the games you have played? Explain. Additional resource: Steven Johnson's Talk
  • What other games could teach you life skills or help you learn more about topic you care about?

Ethan HawkeGive yourself permission to be creative

Conversation starters

  • Hawke notes that poetry can be overlooked until we’re looking for empathy and guidance. What forms of creativity (poems or otherwise) do you turn to in moments like this?
  • Hawke’s work as an actor showed him how much we all have in common. Have you bonded with an unlikely stranger over a shared creative connection? What was that experience like?
  • Creativity exists even in highly regimented spaces like the Army where Hawke’s step brother was a creative leader. What are other unexpected places that you’ve encountered passionate creativity?
  • When was the last time you played the fool? How did it make you feel? Has this talk inspired you to do it again soon? Additional resource: Elisabeth McClure's Talk

Theaster GatesHow to revive a neighborhood with imagination, beauty, and art

Conversation starters

  • What things in your community do you wish could be revived with art and beauty? Brainstorm ways to make this a reality. Additional resource: Helen Marriage's Talk
  • Do you agree with Gates that beauty is a basic service? Explain why or why not.
  • Which community hubs in your locale are most popular or have a lot of cultural activity, and why do you think that is? If none come to mind, why do you think that is (or, what would your ideal one look like)?
  • What are your favorite buildings in your neighborhood or location? Try to describe them in vivid detail and share why they appeal to you.

Upcoming months

October | OptimismJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

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Previous months

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August | Irrational?Join an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

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July | Agree to disagreeJoin an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

Show talks

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

Show talks

Suggest other themes and talks here

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.

  • Amanda Kelly Espiritu
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • Geevarathna Geevarathna
    Bengaluru
    25 Sep 2021
  • Ricardo Calil
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • Ricardo Calil
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • Prerna Foundation
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • TEDxJakarta
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • Anousha Mohon
    Vacoas
    25 Sep 2021
  • Annabella Rijksen and Antonis Triantafyllakis
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • Woman with Wings
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • TEDxPordenone
    Pordenone
    25 Sep 2021
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • Shagufta Moghal
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • Stop Now
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • TEDxUdine
    Udine
    25 Sep 2021
  • Roberto Sandoval
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • Chintan Oza
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • Naveen Samala
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • YOUNG CEO
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • Gunjan Syal
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • International STEAM Research
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • TEDxGuangzhou
    Guangzhou
    25 Sep 2021
  • TEDxShanghai
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • CC Wang
    25 Sep 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • Access English Studio
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • Chakilam Vasavi Sandhya
    Online
    25 Sep 2021
  • TEDxTheBund
    Online
    26 Sep 2021
  • Ahmad Khurshid
    Online
    26 Sep 2021
  • Mohamed Salem
    Online
    26 Sep 2021
  • Pooja Maurya
    Online
    26 Sep 2021
  • 尼克
    Online
    26 Sep 2021
  • Sara Vancil and Brian Vancil
    Online
    26 Sep 2021
  • TEDxManipal
    Online
    26 Sep 2021
  • Humera Riyaz and Mariyam Khan
    Online
    26 Sep 2021
  • TEDxKIET
    Online
    26 Sep 2021
  • TEDxManipal
    Online
    26 Sep 2021
  • Samrah Azam Chaudhri
    Online
    26 Sep 2021
  • Leah Stewart
    Online
    26 Sep 2021
  • Alan Ragins
    Online
    26 Sep 2021
  • Dr Jawahar Surisetti
    Online
    27 Sep 2021
  • Luis Vicente Garcia
    Online
    27 Sep 2021
  • Roberta Giannini
    Online
    27 Sep 2021
  • Markels LLC
    Online
    27 Sep 2021
  • Paramita High School's TED-Ed Club
    Online
    27 Sep 2021
  • Ayse Basak Cinar Lowe and Stephane Bilodeau
    Online
    27 Sep 2021
  • University of the Third Age
    Online
    27 Sep 2021
  • Teen Girly Chronicles
    Online
    27 Sep 2021
  • Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
    Online
    27 Sep 2021
  • Nadia Thalji
    Online
    28 Sep 2021
  • Mohamed Salem
    Online
    28 Sep 2021
  • Holycross Innovation and Incubation Centre
    Online
    28 Sep 2021
  • TEDxSavassi
    Online
    28 Sep 2021
  • MiM Institute
    Rasht
    28 Sep 2021
  • TEDxLancaster
    Online
    28 Sep 2021
  • Andrea Hubbert
    Online
    28 Sep 2021
  • Collaborate: ideas and images
    Online
    28 Sep 2021
  • Pushti Vora
    Bhavnagar
    29 Sep 2021
  • Virtasant Inc.
    Online
    29 Sep 2021
  • Wenyang Cui and Shuyu Zhang and Qi Wang
    Online
    29 Sep 2021
  • High Performance School
    Online
    29 Sep 2021
  • Łukasz Mastalerz
    Online
    29 Sep 2021
  • HiMama
    Online
    29 Sep 2021
  • Luis Vicente Garcia
    Online
    29 Sep 2021
  • Humberto Massareto
    Jundiai
    30 Sep 2021
  • Amy Madson
    Online
    30 Sep 2021
  • Zachs Itodo
    Online
    30 Sep 2021
  • Melanie De Jong
    Online
    30 Sep 2021
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    30 Sep 2021
  • Andrea Hubbert
    Online
    30 Sep 2021
  • TEDxUPAEP
    Online
    30 Sep 2021
  • Kadokawa Dwango Educational Institute
    Online
    30 Sep 2021
  • Farah Sheikh
    Online
    30 Sep 2021
  • Georgios-Paris Makkas and Ariane Xu and Silvia Dauria
    Online
    01 Oct 2021
  • TEDxDasmarinas
    Dasmarinas City
    01 Oct 2021
  • Pankaj Kumar Mishra and Bharat Bedi
    Online
    01 Oct 2021
  • Amir Barnea
    Online
    01 Oct 2021
  • Amna Salman
    Online
    01 Oct 2021
  • International STEAM Research
    Online
    01 Oct 2021
  • Lavenders Within
    Online
    01 Oct 2021
  • TEDxBatangArau
    Online
    01 Oct 2021
  • Divine-Achiever's Secondary School Ohoba
    Online
    01 Oct 2021
  • Wiputra Cendana
    Online
    01 Oct 2021
  • TEDxKanniyakumari
    Online
    02 Oct 2021
  • Ancy Cherian
    Online
    02 Oct 2021
  • Aishwarya AR and Ishvarya AS
    Online
    02 Oct 2021
  • CircleX
    New Delhi
    02 Oct 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    02 Oct 2021
  • Iggy Pacanowski
    Online
    03 Oct 2021
  • Conscious CircleZ
    Online
    03 Oct 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    03 Oct 2021
  • Hindiependet
    Kota
    03 Oct 2021
  • Samrah Azam Chaudhri
    Online
    04 Oct 2021
  • Geetha Jeevan Arts and Science College
    Online
    05 Oct 2021
  • International STEAM Research
    Online
    06 Oct 2021
  • Montaser Masoud
    Online
    06 Oct 2021
  • Environment and Sustainable Development Office
    Jeddah
    07 Oct 2021
  • Tiara Silvente
    Online
    07 Oct 2021
  • Crossing Borders Education
    Online
    08 Oct 2021
  • Wiputra Cendana
    Online
    08 Oct 2021
  • Buddies Space
    Online
    08 Oct 2021
  • Preeti Chaudhary
    Online
    08 Oct 2021
  • Vandana Khanna
    Online
    08 Oct 2021
  • Shahzoda Ahmedova
    Online
    09 Oct 2021
  • Activate Mental Health
    Perth
    09 Oct 2021
  • Richa Singh
    Online
    09 Oct 2021
  • Eszter Endrody
    Budapest
    09 Oct 2021
  • Richa Singh
    Online
    10 Oct 2021
  • Amit Mohla
    Online
    10 Oct 2021
  • Shahzoda Ahmedova
    Online
    11 Oct 2021
  • Women in Telecoms and Technology
    Online
    11 Oct 2021
  • LEVEL
    Online
    12 Oct 2021
  • S.H.E. Sociedad para Hispanas Emprendedoras
    Online
    12 Oct 2021
  • South Beach Library
    Online
    13 Oct 2021
  • XR Banbury
    Online
    13 Oct 2021
  • Teej Cummins
    Online
    13 Oct 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    13 Oct 2021
  • XR Banbury
    Online
    13 Oct 2021
  • The New York Public Library - West New Brighton Branch
    Online
    13 Oct 2021
  • TEDxMoseley
    Online
    14 Oct 2021
  • Social Impact Movement
    Online
    14 Oct 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    14 Oct 2021
  • Carolynn Santos
    Oak Grove
    14 Oct 2021
  • Daisy Khepar
    Fleet Hampshire
    15 Oct 2021
  • Doria Esther Benaim
    Caracas
    15 Oct 2021
  • TEDxDasmarinas
    Dasmarinas City
    15 Oct 2021
  • Monica Gonzalez
    Online
    15 Oct 2021
  • Coexistence
    Online
    15 Oct 2021
  • Yiyuan Jia
    Online
    16 Oct 2021
  • Siju Kumar
    Online
    16 Oct 2021
  • Legal Learning Center
    Online
    16 Oct 2021
  • Aurra Kawanzaruwa
    Online
    17 Oct 2021
  • Scarlett O'Connor
    Online
    17 Oct 2021
  • Jum'atil Fajar
    Online
    19 Oct 2021
  • Grace Lancto
    London
    19 Oct 2021
  • Avry Krywolt
    Online
    20 Oct 2021
  • Colton Joint Unified School
    Bloomington
    20 Oct 2021
  • TEDxPUCMinas
    Online
    20 Oct 2021
  • Sammie Cockrell
    Online
    21 Oct 2021
  • Politeknik Negeri Tanah Laut
    Pelaihari
    21 Oct 2021
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    21 Oct 2021
  • Julia Atalla
    Online
    22 Oct 2021
  • Crossing Borders Education
    Online
    22 Oct 2021
  • Aliza Masood Reza
    Online
    22 Oct 2021
  • TEDxshanghai
    Online
    23 Oct 2021
  • TEDxPordenone
    Pordenone
    23 Oct 2021
  • Apoorv Jha
    Online
    23 Oct 2021
  • Claudia Gallegos
    Online
    23 Oct 2021
  • IgnitedNeurons
    Online
    23 Oct 2021
  • Jo Royce
    Amersham
    25 Oct 2021
  • Miro Leite
    Online
    26 Oct 2021
  • The South Shore Literacy Council
    Online
    26 Oct 2021
  • Emirates Nature-WWF
    Online
    27 Oct 2021
  • Beday Fortuna
    Online
    27 Oct 2021
  • TEDxWoodbridge
    Online
    28 Oct 2021
  • Melanie De Jong
    Online
    28 Oct 2021
  • Chris Hardy and Aleaka Ince
    Online
    28 Oct 2021
  • Skydea
    Online
    28 Oct 2021
  • Chintan Oza
    Online
    30 Oct 2021
  • Gunjan Syal, Emerald Technology Group Inc
    Online
    30 Oct 2021
  • Ghalia Turki
    Damascus
    30 Oct 2021
  • Politeknik Negeri Tanah Laut
    Pelaihari
    30 Oct 2021
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    30 Oct 2021
  • Leslie Wolken
    Online
    30 Oct 2021
  • TEDxUdine
    Udine
    30 Oct 2021
  • Robin Dunn
    Online
    01 Nov 2021
  • Asociación Cultural Peruano Británica
    Online
    01 Nov 2021
  • Cem Nimsi
    Online
    06 Nov 2021
  • Josiane Couto Silva Josy
    Salvador
    06 Nov 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    09 Nov 2021
  • Michael Gaden
    Online
    10 Nov 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    10 Nov 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    11 Nov 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    11 Nov 2021
  • Preeti Chaudhary
    Online
    12 Nov 2021
  • Farah Sheikh
    Lahore
    15 Nov 2021
  • TEDxPUCMinas
    Online
    20 Nov 2021
  • TEDxSanIsidro
    Online
    21 Nov 2021
  • Ginger Sharbel and Sandra Lawler
    Online
    24 Nov 2021
  • TEDxUniversitasJember
    Online
    28 Nov 2021
  • Nobre Ordem para a Excelencia Humana
    Online
    29 Nov 2021
  • TEDxPUCMinas
    Online
    05 Dec 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    07 Dec 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    08 Dec 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    New York
    09 Dec 2021
  • TEDxRankalaLake
    Online
    11 Dec 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    15 Dec 2021
  • Preeti Chaudhary
    Online
    17 Dec 2021
  • Bahjat Mashrifi
    Online
    19 Dec 2021
  • Occultatum Est Oculus
    Online
    05 Jan 2022
  • Go Core Mind Body Soul
    Online
    04 May 2022
  • Richard Lucas and Mel Rosenberg
    Online
    18 Aug 2022
  • Charles Shasky and Jessica Keherer
    Online
    18 Dec 2023

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 conversations to positively impact ourselves, our communities, and our world. Through TED Circles, a host can invite their friends, neighbors, strangers, or a mix to an in-person or online location 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 the discussion.

The video illustrates how Circles work and why TED believes in them.

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.

Be cool

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

Do it for public good

TED Circles is a volunteer endeavor and free to attend. Hosts may ask for in-kind contributions (such as food and meeting space). Hosts and guests 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, inclusion, debate, and impact. Agendas and self-promotion have no place in these conversations.

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