About TED

IDEAS WORTH SPREADING

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as an annual conference in California bringing together people from three areas: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Now its scope is a lot broader including social policy, business, science, the arts, environment and any global issue you can think of that is of relevance to our society and our planet. 

The annual TED conferences bring together the world’s most inspiring thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). The TED Conference, held annually in California, is the heart of TED. More than a thousand people now attend — indeed, the event sells out a year in advance. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter pieces of content, including music, performance and comedy.

What TED is most internationally known for is its award-winning TEDTalks video site.  TED.com makes the best TED talks and performances available to the world, for free. More than 450 TEDTalks are now online, with more added each week. Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

THE TED MISSION: SPREADING IDEAS

We believe passionately, that the power of ideas can change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers as well as a community of curious souls that engage with ideas and each other.

Today, TED is therefore best thought of as a global community. It's a community welcoming people from every discipline and culture who have just two things in common: they seek a deeper understanding of the world, and they hope to turn that understanding into a better future for us all.