In 2009 TED created a programme called TEDx. The X in TEDx stands for independently organised TED event. This programme of local, self-organised events brings people together to share a TED-like experience.
The second TEDxZwolle takes place on Wednesday 28 January 2015. On this day, 15 people from various fields will briefly explain how they want to make the world a better place in presentations of no longer than 18 minutes. A talk can also be non-verbal (music, art, making or constructing something, etc.). The event is being organized by 20 regional organizations and expects an audience of around 750. The aim is to bring people together, conduct TED talks on concrete ideas, to promote learning, inspiration and wonder. And to encourage participants to hold meaningful discussions. During the preparation phase, we work together with all the speakers to develop the talks.
TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. What started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action, TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organised events around the world, and the TEDFellows programme, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.