What is TED?

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 TED Fellows 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.

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED

What about TEDx?

TEDxBloomington began with a simple desire by a few IU alums to ‘give back’ to the Bloomington community at large. Then the local team sprang up, balancing the equation. We are thrilled to be able to share an extraordinary city and academic community with the larger TED & TEDx world.

The members of the TEDxBloomington planning team share a common passion for TED and the TEDx platform. We truly believe in the spirit of “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

Likewise, each of us is excited to explore the very tangible intersection between “play” and “wisdom,” seeking speakers, sponsors, and participants who embody that spirit in their personal and professional lives. More than a metaphor, we see “The Wisdom of Play” theme as a powerful expectation, process, and deliverable throughout our time together.

Bloomington’s own Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author of My Stroke of Insight, spoke at TED in 2008, and from there, sprung to world-wide attention. Her TEDTalk is the most-watched video at TED.com, now with over 1.4 million views

Why should I attend TEDxBloomington?

You should join us if you … appreciate engaging, compelling speakers … enjoy meeting local and non-local people who’ll inspire and maybe provoke you … want to hear how “regular people” are positively influencing the world … want to feel (more) excited about our community and the state of the world … want to become involved in a well-known international community concerned with improving life for all people.

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