In 2009, TED created a program called TEDx, designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring individuals together to share in the spirit of TED’s mission, “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Our event is called TEDxUNPlaza, where x=independently organized TED event. At our event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussions of global issues. The TED conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. TEDxUNPlaza is organized by a nonprofit foundation driven by volunteers and financially supported by sponsors. Our main goal is to organize an inspiring event that showcases innovative, multi-disciplinary solutions to complex issues in a manner that is accessible to the global public while staying politically neutral.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”. 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-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, 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.