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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).

Want to host a TED Circle?

Register here

This Month

March | Consumption, what's your function?Join an online Circle hosted by TED
Want to change climate change? Host TED Circles about Countdown

Aparna MehtaWhere do your online returns go

Conversation starters

  • Does this talk make you reconsider your online shopping habits? Why or why not? Additional resource: Andrew Dent's Talk
  • Were you aware of this practice before the talk? If not, how does it make you feel? If so, share how you learned about it.
  • What do you think needs to be done to stop this destructive habit? Consider options starting from the everyday shopper all the way to your favorite retailers.
  • Instead of returning an item, what are other ways to part with it more responsibly and sustainably? Brainstorm alternatives like repurposing, regifting, reselling — or something beyond. Think big (and small)!

Graham HillWhy I'm a weekday vegetarian

Conversation starters

  • Did Hill convince you to adopt his weekday vegetarian plan? Why or why not?
  • Meat is a big part of many cultures around the world. Brainstorm ways to adopt more vegetarian meals without sacrificing important parts of a culture overall.
  • Have you naturally been moving in this direction without realizing it? If so, what caused the change? If not, what would make you reconsider? Additional resource: Birke Baehr’s Talk
  • Swap some of your favorite vegan or vegetarian recipes — and/or discuss how you could make meat-based meals more plant-based.

Kathryn BouskillThe unforeseen consequences of a fast-paced world

Conversation starters

  • In her research, Bouskill met people who said they would “rather burn out than rust out.” Before you watched this talk, to which category did you belong, if either? Why? Has your view changed as a result of this talk? If so, how?
  • As noted in the talk’s reading list, Bouskill wrote a piece asking, “What could the world look like in 25 years if the pace of social, environmental, technological, and biological change keeps accelerating?” What’s your answer? Is your vision of the future something you’re excited for? Why or why not?
  • Bouskill mentions side effects of the perpetual time crunch we so often seem to find ourselves in, including whiplash and hurry sickness. What are some of the consequences of our speedy society that you’ve encountered?
  • What are the occasions in your life or in your community when you wish things would happen faster? What are the times you wished happened more slowly? Are there commonalities within each category?

TED-EdHow to choose your news

Conversation starters

  • How do you personally decide that a news outlet is trustworthy? After everyone shares, consider if there are any other methods from the TED-ED lesson you could use.
  • What are the benefits of relying on the same outlets for your news? What are the dangers and/or limitations?
  • As a group, decide on one recent news item. Compare/contrast how this same event is covered across three different outlets and three different journalists. Are there differences or similarities in coverage that surprise you?
  • What has social media’s impact been on news dissemination and awareness?

Upcoming months

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

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

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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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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.

  • TEDxBoardingSchoolofHumanities
    Aktanysh
    05 Mar 2021
  • Wiputra Cendana
    Online
    05 Mar 2021
  • Hanan Derby and Manal Allam
    Dubai
    05 Mar 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    06 Mar 2021
  • Iggy Pacanowski
    Krakow
    06 Mar 2021
  • Bronagh Healey
    Online
    06 Mar 2021
  • Önder Sit
    Ankara
    06 Mar 2021
  • TEDxPerugia
    Perugia
    06 Mar 2021
  • Ireremena Felix-Otuorimuo
    Online
    06 Mar 2021
  • Bright Tenbil
    Accra
    06 Mar 2021
  • TEDxHangzhou
    Hangzhou
    07 Mar 2021
  • TEDxYouth@AikenHighSchool
    Online
    07 Mar 2021
  • Cacilda Pereira Widmer Stadler
    Online
    07 Mar 2021
  • Anushka Goel
    Online
    07 Mar 2021
  • Iftekharul Kabir
    Bronx
    08 Mar 2021
  • ECHO
    Online
    08 Mar 2021
  • Jovana Dejanov
    Online
    08 Mar 2021
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    08 Mar 2021
  • TEDxChicago
    Online
    09 Mar 2021
  • David Blanke
    Oakland
    09 Mar 2021
  • TEDxFrome
    Online
    09 Mar 2021
  • UAA Alumni
    Online
    10 Mar 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    10 Mar 2021
  • TEDxMidAtlantic
    Online
    10 Mar 2021
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    10 Mar 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    10 Mar 2021
  • Jim Smith XR Banbury
    Online
    10 Mar 2021
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    11 Mar 2021
  • Terry Sidford
    Online
    11 Mar 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    11 Mar 2021
  • Catherine Rainone
    Newtown Square
    11 Mar 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    12 Mar 2021
  • Marcia Platilha
    Nova Lima
    12 Mar 2021
  • Wiputra Cendana
    Online
    12 Mar 2021
  • Beste Ozer
    Online
    13 Mar 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    13 Mar 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    13 Mar 2021
  • Dr Priy Dwivedi
    Online
    13 Mar 2021
  • TEDxHangzhou
    Hangzhou
    14 Mar 2021
  • Jhelvee Cacho
    Online
    14 Mar 2021
  • TEDxTangamanga
    Online
    15 Mar 2021
  • Legal Learning Center
    Online
    15 Mar 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    15 Mar 2021
  • Mihika Tewari
    Brooklyn
    15 Mar 2021
  • Oksana Rovna & Chrissi Flörke
    Online
    16 Mar 2021
  • Helene Carpentier and Joanna Leyden
    Online
    16 Mar 2021
  • Lindy Boeck
    Online
    16 Mar 2021
  • WiTT
    Online
    16 Mar 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    16 Mar 2021
  • Julia Feng - Positive Change Practitioners Center Philippines
    Online
    17 Mar 2021
  • Victoria Perez Valino
    Online
    17 Mar 2021
  • Jim Smith XR Banbury
    Online
    17 Mar 2021
  • Myrna Selzler Park
    Online
    17 Mar 2021
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    17 Mar 2021
  • The European School of Economics
    Online
    17 Mar 2021
  • TEDxWinchester
    Online
    18 Mar 2021
  • Helene Carpentier and Joanna Leyden
    Online
    18 Mar 2021
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    18 Mar 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    18 Mar 2021
  • Lucila Caceres
    Online
    18 Mar 2021
  • Carlos Cordero
    Online
    18 Mar 2021
  • TED Circles team
    Online
    18 Mar 2021
  • Susan Hailey, Entrepreneur & Author
    Online
    18 Mar 2021
  • Ovalho
    Porto
    18 Mar 2021
  • TechIP Talent and Legal Consulting
    Bengaluru
    18 Mar 2021
  • Yusuke Suzuki
    Tokyo
    19 Mar 2021
  • Nickolas Jekogian
    Online
    19 Mar 2021
  • TEDxFrankfurt
    Online
    19 Mar 2021
  • Alison Seddon
    Online
    19 Mar 2021
  • TEDxYouth@AikenHighSchool
    Online
    20 Mar 2021
  • Naveen Samala (#TGV Podcast Host)
    Online
    20 Mar 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    20 Mar 2021
  • TEDxHangzhou
    Hangzhou
    21 Mar 2021
  • Lead from Insights
    Online
    22 Mar 2021
  • The South Shore Literacy Council
    Online
    23 Mar 2021
  • Pharan Akhtarkhavari
    Gold Coast
    23 Mar 2021
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - The New York Public Library
    Online
    23 Mar 2021
  • Valante Grant and Vanyce Grant
    Online
    24 Mar 2021
  • Sylvia Henderson
    Online
    24 Mar 2021
  • TEDxNiteroi
    Online
    24 Mar 2021
  • TEDxRio
    Online
    24 Mar 2021
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    24 Mar 2021
  • Báltico Ideas
    Online
    24 Mar 2021
  • Antoinette Sarpong
    Online
    25 Mar 2021
  • Johan Stuve
    Online
    25 Mar 2021
  • Negar Kiavar
    Online
    26 Mar 2021
  • Buddies Space
    Online
    26 Mar 2021
  • TEDxWinchester
    Online
    26 Mar 2021
  • Ting-Ya Liang
    Taichung
    26 Mar 2021
  • TEDxHamamatsu
    Hamamatsu
    26 Mar 2021
  • Gunjan Syal, Emerald Technology Group Inc, Transform This
    Online
    27 Mar 2021
  • TEDxWumaStreet
    Wenzhou
    27 Mar 2021
  • Yuliana Gaytan
    Online
    27 Mar 2021
  • Begüm Kütüklü
    Online
    27 Mar 2021
  • Hasan Atasoy
    Online
    27 Mar 2021
  • Kgomotso Sekhute
    Online
    27 Mar 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    27 Mar 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    27 Mar 2021
  • Angie Johnson
    Online
    27 Mar 2021
  • TEDxMacedo
    Online
    28 Mar 2021
  • Rasha Tiozon
    Online
    28 Mar 2021
  • TEDxAnjo
    Online
    28 Mar 2021
  • Leah Stewart
    Biggleswade
    28 Mar 2021
  • April Benjamin and Dawn Communication
    Lagos
    28 Mar 2021
  • IgnitedNeurons
    Online
    28 Mar 2021
  • UAA Alumni
    Online
    28 Mar 2021
  • TEDxTangamanga
    Online
    29 Mar 2021
  • TEDxBanbury
    Online
    30 Mar 2021
  • Love University
    Online
    30 Mar 2021
  • Carolyn Schulteis
    Online
    30 Mar 2021
  • Masteclass Latinamerica
    Online
    31 Mar 2021
  • victoria perez valino
    Online
    31 Mar 2021
  • Jim Smith XR Banbury
    Online
    31 Mar 2021
  • Jessica Parish
    Online
    31 Mar 2021
  • The New York Public Library
    Online
    31 Mar 2021
  • TEDxFCU
    Online
    31 Mar 2021
  • TEDxBanbury
    Online
    31 Mar 2021
  • TEDxSunnyvale
    Online
    31 Mar 2021
  • Bronagh Healey
    Online
    31 Mar 2021
  • Ting-Ya Liang
    Taichung
    31 Mar 2021
  • Humanitech
    Melbourne
    01 Apr 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    03 Apr 2021
  • TEDxLeverano
    Leverano
    03 Apr 2021
  • Anuj Manoj Kumar
    Pune
    04 Apr 2021
  • Stephanie Ta
    Online
    05 Apr 2021
  • Richard Lucas and Mel Rosenberg
    Online
    07 Apr 2021
  • TEDxFerhadija
    Sarajevo
    07 Apr 2021
  • Burak Gül
    Online
    08 Apr 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    08 Apr 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    10 Apr 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    10 Apr 2021
  • PUC Minas
    Online
    14 Apr 2021
  • Zachary Solie
    New Berlin
    16 Apr 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    17 Apr 2021
  • Bill Wong
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    24 Apr 2021
  • Spike Humer
    las vegas
    27 Apr 2021
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - The New York Public Library
    Online
    27 Apr 2021
  • Dr. Shoshannah Bryn Jones Square and Ana Benham and Genna Trindad and Kennedy Holick and Michelle Mendoza and Naaz Sidhu and Jasmeen Deol and Ravneet Sahota and Jasleen Johal and Emmanuel Juma and William Westerberg and Aaron Moy and Manveer Singh and Kristyn Ing and Alisha Chauhan and Calvin Tiu
    Online
    30 Apr 2021
  • Peggy Lu
    Brooklyn
    01 May 2021
  • Julie Wilson and Alyssa Hampton
    Online
    13 May 2021
  • Career College Bhopal
    Online
    15 May 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    15 May 2021
  • Kanha Karisma
    Online
    19 May 2021
  • Uri Ngozichukwuka
    Lagos
    25 May 2021
  • Greenfest
    Porto
    29 May 2021
  • RADIANTISM
    Online
    29 May 2021
  • Salvatore Mauro
    Rome
    08 Jun 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.

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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