TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
Our Mission: Spread ideas
TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.
In fact, everything we do — from our Conferences to our TED Talks to the projects sparked by The Audacious Project, from the global TEDx community to the TED-Ed lesson series — is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?
TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.
TEDxYenagoa is organised in line with the TED global vision of promoting ideas worth sharing. Our objective is to bring the community together in a way that truly inspires. For the maiden edition of TEDxYenagoa, the theme is REINVENT. The focus is Reinvention, rewriting the narrative from the negative perceptions and perspectives that are primarily associated with Bayelsa State to the untold background stories ingenuity crafted with Patience, Perseverance, Persistence and the sheer determination to succeed against all odds.
The aim is to tell the stories of ideas that have sprouted from this small city, and are currently making impact across the country and attracting international accolades.
We aspire not to tell our story differently but to tell the truth the way it should be told, the right way. We do not strive to conceal our challenges, but we intend to inspire confidence and pride in our successes. We are concerned about the danger of a single stereotypical narrative being the only tale that will be told of our city and our people. Hence the imperative to reinvent and tell the world about the innovators, educators, Creatives, philosophers etc lurking in the shadows of our city.
At TEDxYenagoa 2019, we are laying the foundation from scratch, we are digging deep, raising structures, opening up, breaking out and pushing boundaries. In our attempt to RE:INVENT the world’s perception of us, our community will hold conversations around business, technology, art, science, politics and personal development. Several speakers will be taking us on a journey of discovery and ingenuity.
Our only expectation is that our community will show up to listen, to communicate, to influence, to build lasting partnerships and to encourage one another; building networks that will drive real, meaningful change in our communities, in local organizations and around the world.
Difference between TED and TEDx.
The difference between TED and TEDx events are that the former takes more of a global approach while the latter typically focuses on a local community that concentrates on local voices. “Officially, the ‘x’ in TEDx stands for independently organized TED event – but it’s more of a TED multiplied.
History of TED
How did a one-off conference about technology, entertainment and design become a viral video phenomenon and a worldwide community of passionate people?
TED was born in 1984 out of Richard Saul Wurman’s observation of a powerful convergence among three fields: technology, entertainment and design. The first TED, which he co-founded with Harry Marks, included a demo of the compact disc, the e-book and cutting-edge 3D graphics from Lucasfilm, while mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot demonstrated how to map coastlines using his developing theory of fractal geometry.
But despite a stellar lineup, the event lost money, and it was six years before Wurman and Marks tried again. This time, in 1990, the world was ready. The TED Conference became an annual event in Monterey, California, attracting a growing and influential audience from many different disciplines united by their curiosity and open-mindedness – and also by their shared discovery of an exciting secret. (Back then, TED was an invitation-only event. It is not now – you’re welcome and encouraged to apply to attend.)
Meanwhile the roster of presenters broadened to include scientists, philosophers, musicians, business and religious leaders, philanthropists and many others. For many attendees, TED became one of the intellectual and emotional highlights of the year. That was certainly true for media entrepreneur Chris Anderson, who met with Wurman in 2000 to discuss the conference’s future. A deal was struck, and in 2001, Anderson’s nonprofit Sapling Foundation acquired TED, and Anderson became its Curator.
In taking the conference nonprofit, Anderson stood by the principles that made TED great: the inspired format, the breadth of content, the commitment to seek out the most interesting people on Earth and let them communicate their passion. It soon became clear that the ideas and inspiration generated at TED should have an impact well outside the city limits of Monterey.
Accordingly, the years 2001–2006 saw three major additions to the TED family:
a sister conference, TEDGlobal, held in locations around the world;
the TED Prize, which grants its winners one wish to change the world;
an audio and video podcast series, TED Talks, in which the best TED content is released free online.
The first six TED Talks were posted online on June 27, 2006. By September, they had reached more than one million views. TED Talks proved so popular that in 2007, TED’s website was relaunched around them, giving a global audience free access to some of the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders and teachers.
In 2008, in part thanks to new awareness created by TED Talks, we launched TEDActive, a simulcast version of the springtime TED Conference, allowing more people to attend at a lower price. By 2009, the number of TED Talk views had grown to 100 million views, making Internet heroes out of speakers like Jill Bolte Taylor and Sir Ken Robinson.
In that same year, the TED Fellows program was launched to bring up-and-coming innovators from around the globe to the conference for free. The same year saw the creation of TEDx, a radical opening up of the TED format to local, independently organized events. Around the same time, we embarked on the TED Translator program, creating the infrastructure for TED Talks to be translated into 100+ languages.
In March 2012, TED-Ed was launched, creating short video lessons aimed at educators, and April 2012 saw the debut of TED Radio Hour, a partnership that brings ideas and stories from TED Talks to public radio listeners. All of these projects aim to create ever greater access to ideas, for free.
In the fall of 2012, TED Talks celebrated its one billionth video view. As TED Talks continue to be watched around the world, with an average of 17 new page views a second, TED conferences and events continue to inspire, motivate and thrill attendees. In 2014, the annual TED Conference celebrated its 30th anniversary in Vancouver, Canada. The theme of this milestone conference: “The Next Chapter,” both a reflection on developments of the past 30 years as well as a look at what’s ahead.