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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?

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This Month

July | Designing with humanityJoin an online Circle hosted by TED

Poet AliThe language of being human

Conversation starters

  • Which universal languages do you find yourself using most in interactions with loved ones, strangers, and/or colleagues?
  • Has Poet Ali changed your perspective on the number of languages you understand? Why or why not?
  • Are there languages mentioned that you feel you could practice more or share with others? Brainstorm some ideas that could help make that happen.
  • What are other universal languages that may have been missed? Suggest your own — be as profound or silly as you’d like.

Eli PariserWhat obligation do social media companies have to the greater good?

Conversation starters

  • If good physical spaces have structure and rules, what structures and rules from the real world would you most want to see brought to social media?
  • Which online spaces have you seen that work well for promoting the greater good? Which ones are falling short? In your opinion, what makes the difference?
  • Pariser believes that the social cues and soft negative feedback that help townhall meetings go well could be cultivated with more expressive emoji reactions on social media. What emojis would you like to see elevated to this status?
  • Pariser notes that many online spaces put too little focus on their programs and moderators, leaving the questions of “what are people doing here?” and “who’s taking responsibility for it?” unanswered. Would you like to see more structured programs and moderation, or less? Explain your answer.

Mariana MazzucatoWhat is economic value, and who creates it?

Conversation starters

  • From your perspective, who creates the most value and why? Does the talk make you reconsider how you contribute in creating value?
  • Has Mazzucato helped redefine what “value” means to you? Why or why not? How would you define it now?
  • Which industries in your community / country (or beyond) could benefit most from this perspective shift? Why and in what ways?
  • Has your definition of “value” changed since COVID-19? Do you foresee a long-lasting societal shift reflecting a change in which sectors we deem most productive, most valuable?

Hamdi UlukayaThe anti-CEO playbook

Conversation starters

  • Ulukaya calls for companies to put employees over shareholders, consumers over boards, and community engagement over tax breaks. Do you know of any other companies, in your community or beyond, with a similar approach?
  • Ulukaya says “it's business, not government, [that’s] in the best position to make a change in today's world...it's business that must take a side.” Do you agree? Why or why not? If so, what responsibility do you want companies to take for humanity?
  • The talk reminds us how powerful we are as consumers to change the behaviors of big corporations. Think of a company that impacts your community. What actions would you most like to see them change? How might you encourage them to do things differently?
  • Even if you’re not the CEO of a company, what lessons from Ulukaya’s talk can you apply to put people first?

Upcoming months

August | How change happens

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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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June | ResilienceJoin 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.

  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    09 Jul 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Online
    09 Jul 2020
  • Ricardo Martínez
    Online
    09 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    09 Jul 2020
  • Julie Wilson & Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    09 Jul 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    10 Jul 2020
  • TEDxNeiva
    Neiva, Colombia
    10 Jul 2020
  • Leaderlix
    Online
    10 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Mount Gretna, PA
    10 Jul 2020
  • TEDxTorino
    Online
    10 Jul 2020
  • Marwa Ahmed
    Montreal
    10 Jul 2020
  • Yosri Azabou
    Carthage
    10 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLaFloresta
    Online
    10 Jul 2020
  • Studio City Branch - Los Angeles Public Library
    Online
    10 Jul 2020
  • circulo.space
    online
    11 Jul 2020
  • TEDxFuenteOsmeñaCircle
    Cebu City
    11 Jul 2020
  • TEDxGoldenBridge
    Online
    11 Jul 2020
  • Ichi Kanaya
    Nagasaki
    11 Jul 2020
  • TEDxVITChennai
    online
    11 Jul 2020
  • TEDxMaitighar
    online
    11 Jul 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    11 Jul 2020
  • Jameson Ho & Miguel Domingo
    Online
    11 Jul 2020
  • Mensa Mexico
    Online
    11 Jul 2020
  • Kiiza Saddam Hussein
    Kigali
    12 Jul 2020
  • TEDxZorilor
    Cluj-Napoca
    12 Jul 2020
  • Joey Yeh
    Taipei, Taiwan
    12 Jul 2020
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    13 Jul 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    13 Jul 2020
  • Mukund Hari Nathany
    Online
    13 Jul 2020
  • TEDxWinchester
    Online
    14 Jul 2020
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    14 Jul 2020
  • TEDxKCMT
    Kerala
    14 Jul 2020
  • TEDxToronto
    Online
    14 Jul 2020
  • Sarah Lawrence
    Online
    14 Jul 2020
  • TEDxVinnytsia
    Online
    14 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLjubljana
    Online
    15 Jul 2020
  • DRMP, Inc.
    Online
    15 Jul 2020
  • TEDxGreshamPlace
    Online
    15 Jul 2020
  • CN&CO
    Online
    15 Jul 2020
  • Tricia Kopec
    Guelph
    15 Jul 2020
  • TEDxCiudadJuarez
    Online
    15 Jul 2020
  • Shena Nicole
    Online
    15 Jul 2020
  • TEDxGoldenBridge
    Online
    15 Jul 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    15 Jul 2020
  • TEDxToronto
    Online
    15 Jul 2020
  • Intelligent Vagrant
    Online
    15 Jul 2020
  • Sylvia Henderson
    Online
    16 Jul 2020
  • TEDxToronto
    Online
    16 Jul 2020
  • TEDxFrisco
    Online
    16 Jul 2020
  • Techqueria
    Online
    16 Jul 2020
  • TEDxVillaUrquiza
    Online
    16 Jul 2020
  • TEDxWolverhampton
    Online
    16 Jul 2020
  • Rouf Gives Back
    Online
    16 Jul 2020
  • Emma Sleiman
    Online
    16 Jul 2020
  • Alan Wallace
    Online
    16 Jul 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    17 Jul 2020
  • Shubham Vyas
    Indore
    17 Jul 2020
  • TEDxTehran
    Online
    17 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLuxembourgCity
    Online
    17 Jul 2020
  • TEDxSquareMile
    Online
    18 Jul 2020
  • Shagufta Moghal
    Lahore
    18 Jul 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    18 Jul 2020
  • TEDxDerryLondonderry
    Derry
    18 Jul 2020
  • TEDxGoldenBridge
    Online
    18 Jul 2020
  • RADIANTISM
    Surabaya
    18 Jul 2020
  • TEDxSuzhou
    Suzhou
    18 Jul 2020
  • Anand Upender
    Online
    19 Jul 2020
  • Melissa Stewart
    Summerville
    19 Jul 2020
  • Aleaka Ince
    Online
    19 Jul 2020
  • TEDxYouth@Columbia
    Online
    19 Jul 2020
  • TEDxAnjo
    Online
    19 Jul 2020
  • Kimieen Consultores
    Torreon, Mexico
    20 Jul 2020
  • Geevarathna Geevarathna
    Online
    20 Jul 2020
  • TEDxOronocoBayPark
    Online
    20 Jul 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    21 Jul 2020
  • TEDxToronto
    Online
    21 Jul 2020
  • TEDxSanDiego
    San Diego
    21 Jul 2020
  • Ahmed Umer Sohaib
    Lahore
    21 Jul 2020
  • Adriana Frasin
    Clifton
    22 Jul 2020
  • TEDxToronto
    Online
    22 Jul 2020
  • Matt Stewart
    online
    22 Jul 2020
  • TEDxTangamanga
    San Luis Potosi
    22 Jul 2020
  • TEDxGoldenBridge
    Online
    22 Jul 2020
  • Davide Caffi
    Online
    23 Jul 2020
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    23 Jul 2020
  • Purposefully Home
    Online
    23 Jul 2020
  • TEDxToronto
    Online
    23 Jul 2020
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    23 Jul 2020
  • Marwa Ahmed
    Montreal
    23 Jul 2020
  • TEDxPUCE
    Online
    23 Jul 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    23 Jul 2020
  • ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad
    Online
    24 Jul 2020
  • TEDxTorino
    Online
    24 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLaFloresta
    Online
    24 Jul 2020
  • TEDxGoldenBridge
    Online
    25 Jul 2020
  • Emem Opashi
    Online
    25 Jul 2020
  • circulo.space
    online
    25 Jul 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    25 Jul 2020
  • Lucas Tibirica
    Sao Luis
    25 Jul 2020
  • TEDxPutalisadak
    Online
    25 Jul 2020
  • Action Climate Studio
    Online
    25 Jul 2020
  • TEDxHangzhou
    Hangzhou
    26 Jul 2020
  • Nicky Nazareth
    Online
    26 Jul 2020
  • Joey Yeh
    Taipei, Taiwan
    26 Jul 2020
  • TEDxVinnytsia
    Online
    28 Jul 2020
  • Meriem Boularesse, Rania Elhadj, Idriss Nemsia, Zeineb Hichri, Razi Bouallegui Yahya Mbarek, & Ines Ben Moussa
    Online
    28 Jul 2020
  • Fernanda Leitao
    Online
    28 Jul 2020
  • Chris Cherek
    Online
    28 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLondon
    Online
    28 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    28 Jul 2020
  • TEDxGoldenBridge
    Online
    29 Jul 2020
  • Shena Nicole
    Online
    29 Jul 2020
  • TEDxSeoul
    Online
    29 Jul 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    29 Jul 2020
  • TEDxColoniaMiramonte
    Online
    30 Jul 2020
  • Baylor University Academy for Leadership Development
    Online
    30 Jul 2020
  • TEDxTemecula
    Online
    30 Jul 2020
  • TEDxBolzano
    Online
    30 Jul 2020
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    31 Jul 2020
  • Rohit Kumar Verma
    Hong Kong
    31 Jul 2020
  • TEDxAlief
    online
    31 Jul 2020
  • Jasmin A. Rehmani
    Toronto - Online
    31 Jul 2020
  • Starlett Henderson
    Online
    31 Jul 2020
  • Think&Talk
    Bogota
    31 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLuxembourgCity
    Online
    31 Jul 2020
  • Elizabeth Adams
    Online
    01 Aug 2020
  • TEDxCoventGarden
    Online
    01 Aug 2020
  • Ahmed Umer Sohaib
    Lahore
    04 Aug 2020
  • Bill Wong
    online
    04 Aug 2020
  • Lisa Rogg
    Santa Monica
    04 Aug 2020
  • McCoy Consulting LLC
    Online
    05 Aug 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    05 Aug 2020
  • Richard Lucas and Mel Rosenberg
    Online
    05 Aug 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    08 Aug 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    08 Aug 2020
  • Jameson Ho & Miguel Domingo
    Online
    08 Aug 2020
  • Nadia Thalji
    Online
    09 Aug 2020
  • Tricia Kopec
    Guelph
    12 Aug 2020
  • TEDxWolverhampton
    Online
    13 Aug 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    13 Aug 2020
  • TEDxLaFloresta
    Online
    14 Aug 2020
  • Mensa Mexico
    Online
    15 Aug 2020
  • Shena Nicole
    Online
    15 Aug 2020
  • TEDxHangzhou
    Hangzhou
    16 Aug 2020
  • TEDxGreshamPlace
    Online
    19 Aug 2020
  • TEDxPUCE
    Online
    20 Aug 2020
  • TEDxNeiva
    Neiva, Colombia
    20 Aug 2020
  • RADIANTISM
    Surabaya
    22 Aug 2020
  • Ichi Kanaya
    Nagasaki
    22 Aug 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    22 Aug 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    22 Aug 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    25 Aug 2020
  • Action Climate Studio
    Online
    25 Aug 2020
  • TEDxColoniaMiramonte
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • TEDxTemecula
    Online
    27 Aug 2020
  • TEDxLaFloresta
    Online
    28 Aug 2020
  • Think&Talk
    Bogota
    28 Aug 2020
  • Rouf Gives Back
    Online
    28 Aug 2020
  • Shena Nicole
    Online
    29 Aug 2020
  • Nicky Nazareth
    Online
    30 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
  • TEDxHangzhou
    Hangzhou
    06 Sep 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    09 Sep 2020
  • McCoy Consulting LLC
    Online
    09 Sep 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    10 Sep 2020
  • Mensa Mexico
    Online
    12 Sep 2020
  • TEDxWolverhampton
    Online
    17 Sep 2020
  • TEDxPUCE
    Online
    18 Sep 2020
  • RADIANTISM
    Surabaya
    19 Sep 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    19 Sep 2020
  • TEDxShenzhen
    Online
    19 Sep 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    22 Sep 2020
  • Liz Hurtado
    Hamburg
    22 Sep 2020
  • TEDxNeiva
    Neiva, Colombia
    24 Sep 2020
  • Rouf Gives Back
    Online
    25 Sep 2020
  • Action Climate Studio
    Online
    25 Sep 2020
  • Nicky Nazareth
    Online
    27 Sep 2020
  • Ismailia STEM High School
    Cairo
    03 Oct 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
  • RADIANTISM
    Surabaya
    24 Oct 2020
  • Nicky Nazareth
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • Action Climate Studio
    Online
    25 Oct 2020
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    27 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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