This week we’re profiling TED. Are they in your Givolio?
TED is a nonprofit focused on spreading ideas, often times in the form of short and powerful talks. TED began in 1984 from Richard Saul Wurman’s observation of the convergence of three fields: Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED). Today, TED covers almost all topics, from science to political to world issues, in more than 100 different languages. TEDx is independently run to help share ideas in communities around the world.
The mission of TED is creating a global community in order to welcome people from every sect and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.
The first six talks from the small TED conference in Monterey, California, were released online in June 2006, with more to follow. The talks began to attract a global audience that grew into the millions — an enthusiastic reception that prompted TED to turn its website into the home of TED Talks, a lovingly curated, constantly growing series of talks and performances.
One of the first TED Talks was presented by Al Gore, and focused on averting the climate crisis. Subsequent talks have been presented by: Ken Robinson – Do Schools Kill Creativity? Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action and Amy Cuddy – Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. Talks are often used in school classrooms and lesson plans to initiate debate and conversation.
At the end of their first year, TED Talks had been watched two million times. By the end of 2009, that number had jumped to 200 million, establishing TED as an important platform. In November of 2012, TED Talks crossed the mark of one billion collective views. And in June 2015, TED.com posted its 2,000th Talk.