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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. The video illustrates how Circles work 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?

Register here

This Month

February | How we love

Show Talks

Upcoming months

March | Who has power

Show Talks

April | A new world order

Coming Mar 1

May | The pursuit of happiness

Coming Apr 1

Previous months

September | World of wonder

Show Talks

October | How to be a better human

Show Talks

November | Justice and society

Show Talks

December | Money matters

Show Talks

January | The future

Show Talks

Suggest other themes and Talks here

Find a TED Circle

Here are the upcoming Circles and the monthly themes they will discuss. View previous Circles.

  • TEDxVienna
    Vienna
    19 Feb 2020
  • Dawn Chang
    Taipei
    19 Feb 2020
  • Hui Dong, Ayushi Jain, and Javed Shaik
    Melbourne
    19 Feb 2020
  • Sudeep Rauniar
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    19 Feb 2020
  • Alstom Transportation
    Hornell
    19 Feb 2020
  • TEDxLancasterU
    Lancaster, UK
    19 Feb 2020
  • TEDxOshkosh
    Oshkosh, WI
    19 Feb 2020
  • Conversations New York
    NY, NY
    19 Feb 2020
  • Andrea Olson
    Davenport, IA
    20 Feb 2020
  • TEDxLondon
    London
    20 Feb 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Kuala Lumpur
    20 Feb 2020
  • Ozay Ozaydin
    Istanbul, Turkey
    20 Feb 2020
  • Arunraj Subbaraj
    Muscat
    20 Feb 2020
  • Lindy Boeck & Sally Coffman
    Chandler, AZ
    20 Feb 2020
  • Jennifer Ganske & Dana Ronan
    Ballarat
    20 Feb 2020
  • Dawn Chang
    Taipei
    21 Feb 2020
  • Systemic Growth
    Portsmouth, UK
    21 Feb 2020
  • TEDxSuzhou
    Suzhou
    22 Feb 2020
  • TEDxNingbo
    Online
    22 Feb 2020
  • Dawn Chang
    Taipei
    22 Feb 2020
  • Joanne Law
    Narre Warren
    22 Feb 2020
  • Orsolya Faludi
    Targu Mures, Romania
    22 Feb 2020
  • Yahya Almarhabi
    Jeddah
    22 Feb 2020
  • TEDxAnjo
    Anjo
    23 Feb 2020
  • Akihiro Ito
    Nagoya, Japan
    24 Feb 2020
  • Beth Socoski
    Tampa, FL
    24 Feb 2020
  • Millicent Tracey
    Park City, UT
    25 Feb 2020
  • Darely Villegas (supported by Travis Baird and TEDxSanAntonio)
    San Antonio, TX
    25 Feb 2020
  • University of Denver Northeast
    New York, NY
    25 Feb 2020
  • TEDxNovyPorgSchool
    Prague
    25 Feb 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    25 Feb 2020
  • Yahya Almarhabi
    Jeddah
    26 Feb 2020
  • WWK
    Seoul
    26 Feb 2020
  • Dawn Chang
    Taipei
    26 Feb 2020
  • TEDxTangamanga
    San Luis Potosi
    26 Feb 2020
  • TEDxMelbourne
    Melbourne
    26 Feb 2020
  • TEDxNewcastleUniversity
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    27 Feb 2020
  • Jose Fernandez-Calvo
    Miami, FL
    27 Feb 2020
  • TEDxPhoenix
    Phoenix
    27 Feb 2020
  • Winston Liew
    Kuala Lumpur
    27 Feb 2020
  • Think&Talk
    Bogotá
    28 Feb 2020
  • TEDxHouston
    Houston
    28 Feb 2020
  • Rohit Kumar Verma
    Hong Kong
    28 Feb 2020
  • Starlett Henderson
    Online
    28 Feb 2020
  • TEDxYouth@LiceoRighiCesena
    Cesena
    28 Feb 2020
  • Mónika Balázs
    Budapest
    28 Feb 2020
  • John Cabot University
    Rome
    28 Feb 2020
  • Gerardo Betancourt
    Mexico City
    29 Feb 2020
  • Maria Grzyb and Gabriela Kordyś
    Tarnów
    29 Feb 2020
  • TEDxLujiazui
    Online
    29 Feb 2020
  • TEDxUdine
    Udine
    29 Feb 2020
  • Love Learning Conference
    Lahore
    29 Feb 2020
  • TEDxVarese
    Gallarate
    01 Mar 2020
  • Lisa Rogg
    Santa Monica
    03 Mar 2020
  • TEDxNewcastleUniversity
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    03 Mar 2020
  • Jo Dee Davis
    Columbus, OH
    04 Mar 2020
  • Systemic Growth
    Portsmouth, UK
    04 Mar 2020
  • Conversations New York
    NY, NY
    06 Mar 2020
  • María Del Mar Cáceres
    Mariano Roque Alonso, Paraguay
    07 Mar 2020
  • Activate Mental Health
    Perth
    07 Mar 2020
  • Karen Minvielle
    Fayetteville, GA, USA
    08 Mar 2020
  • Maja Zawierzeniec
    Warsaw
    09 Mar 2020
  • Brantlee Underhill
    Newtown Square, PA
    10 Mar 2020
  • Mel Rosenberg
    Ramat Gan
    11 Mar 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    11 Mar 2020
  • Julie Wilson & Alyssa Hampton
    NY, NY
    12 Mar 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    12 Mar 2020
  • Jennifer Ganske & Dana Ronan
    Ballarat
    12 Mar 2020
  • Marco Antonio Rizzo
    Ferrara
    13 Mar 2020
  • Gerardo Betancourt
    Cancún
    13 Mar 2020
  • TEDxCoventGardenWomen
    London
    14 Mar 2020
  • Melissa Stewart
    Summerville, SC
    15 Mar 2020
  • TEDxZorilor
    Cluj-Napoca
    15 Mar 2020
  • Lynn Garofalo-Wright
    Pasadena, CA
    18 Mar 2020
  • TEDxSeoul
    Seoul
    18 Mar 2020
  • University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Law
    Buenos Aires
    19 Mar 2020
  • Luis Viramontes
    Zacatecas
    19 Mar 2020
  • TEDxLeamingtonSpa
    Leamington spa
    19 Mar 2020
  • Ozay Ozaydin
    Istanbul, Turkey
    20 Mar 2020
  • RADIANTISM
    Surabaya
    21 Mar 2020
  • University of Denver, Northeast
    NY, NY
    23 Mar 2020
  • McPherson Public Library
    McPherson, KS
    23 Mar 2020
  • TEDxLondon
    London
    23 Mar 2020
  • University of Denver, Northeast
    Old Greenwich, CT
    23 Mar 2020
  • TEDxLivorno
    Livorno
    24 Mar 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    24 Mar 2020
  • André Calou
    São Paulo
    24 Mar 2020
  • Millicent Tracey
    Park City, UT
    25 Mar 2020
  • Matt Phelps & Tori Leong
    San Francisco, CA
    26 Mar 2020
  • Jose Fernandez-Calvo
    Miami, FL
    26 Mar 2020
  • Think&Talk
    Bogotá
    27 Mar 2020
  • Joanne Law
    Narre Warren
    28 Mar 2020
  • Akihiro Ito
    Nagoya, Japan
    29 Mar 2020
  • University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Law
    Buenos Aires
    30 Mar 2020
  • Antonia Fluturica
    Bucharest
    31 Mar 2020
  • Starlett Henderson
    Online
    31 Mar 2020
  • Jo Dee Davis
    Columbus, OH
    01 Apr 2020
  • María Del Mar Cáceres
    Mariano Roque Alonso, Paraguay
    04 Apr 2020
  • Activate Mental Health
    Perth
    04 Apr 2020
  • Jody Thone
    Stillwater, MN
    04 Apr 2020
  • PUC Minas
    Belo Horizonte
    08 Apr 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    09 Apr 2020
  • TEDxCoventGardenWomen
    London
    11 Apr 2020
  • Mel Rosenberg
    Ramat Gan
    12 Apr 2020
  • Lisa Rogg
    Santa Monica
    14 Apr 2020
  • Julie Wilson & Alyssa Hampton
    NY, NY
    16 Apr 2020
  • TEDxSeoul
    Seoul
    16 Apr 2020
  • Brantlee Underhill
    Newtown Square, PA
    16 Apr 2020
  • RADIANTISM
    Surabaya
    18 Apr 2020
  • McPherson Public Library
    McPherson, KS
    20 Apr 2020
  • Ozay Ozaydin
    Istanbul, Turkey
    20 Apr 2020
  • Luis Viramontes
    Zacatecas
    23 Apr 2020
  • Andrea Olson
    Davenport, IA
    23 Apr 2020
  • Akihiro Ito
    Nagoya, Japan
    26 Apr 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    28 Apr 2020
  • Antonia Fluturica
    Bucharest
    28 Apr 2020
  • Gerardo Betancourt
    Cancún
    30 Apr 2020
  • Starlett Henderson
    Online
    30 Apr 2020
  • Lisa Rogg
    Santa Monica
    05 May 2020
  • TEDxCoventGardenWomen
    London
    09 May 2020
  • Brantlee Underhill
    Newtown Square, PA
    12 May 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    14 May 2020
  • RADIANTISM
    Surabaya
    16 May 2020
  • TEDxSeoul
    Seoul
    20 May 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    26 May 2020
  • Luis Viramontes
    Zacatecas
    28 May 2020
  • Akihiro Ito
    Nagoya, Japan
    31 May 2020
  • Activate Mental Health
    Perth
    06 Jun 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    11 Jun 2020
  • RADIANTISM
    Surabaya
    20 Jun 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    23 Jun 2020
  • Activate Mental Health
    Perth
    04 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    09 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Mount Gretna, PA
    10 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    28 Jul 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    13 Aug 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    25 Aug 2020
  • Activate Mental Health
    Perth
    05 Sep 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    10 Sep 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    22 Sep 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    08 Oct 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    22 Oct 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    12 Nov 2020
  • TEDxLancaster
    Lancaster, PA
    24 Nov 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.