TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to the mission: ideas worth spreading. Started as a conference in California in 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives. At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. Speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende, and Gordon Brown.
On TED.com, talks from the conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talk videos. A new talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix, and many websites.
TED’s initiatives include: the TEDx program, which gives free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities; the annual TED Prize, which grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world; the Fellows program, which helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community; and TED-Ed, which creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators for use in classroom instruction or independent learning. Learn more about TED »