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.