TEDxConnecticutCollege was founded in 2012 with the theme Rethinking Progress, begging each of our 12 speakers the question: “What is real progress?” In 2013 the theme for TEDxConnecticutCollege was On the Shoulders of Giants, blending together concepts of collaboration with historical perspectives. Last year, our largest conference yet, was held under the theme of Not All Who Wander Are Lost.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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 former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, Canada along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.