In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is TEDxTucson, where x = independently organized TED event. The goal of TEDxTucson is to be a catalyst for change – bringing thinkers and doers in the Tucson community together to have meaningful conversations that lead to positive change.
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"You’re part of the crowd that may be about to ignite the biggest learning cycle in human history."
Chris Anderson, TED Curator
We bring together the brightest Tucson minds to share their ideas with a curated audience of open-minded individuals.
Tucson is vibrantly full of innovation, bursting with amazing art, music, and delicious food. Our mission is threefold:
- To show Tucson to itself by creating live events.
- To show Tucson to the world by creating professional video recordings of our events.
- To create a passionate community within Tucson for discussing ideas and exploring new perspectives.
We create memorable experiences that bring our community together to listen to amazing speakers or entertainers.
We share ideas and encourage conversations, during our events and throughout our community.
We create community, while we’re being created by the community. Our events usually are sold out, so tickets are coveted.
What is TED and TEDx?
TEDx is a strictly licensed program of locally-organized TED events in cities around the world, patterned on the success of the TED conference. Since its beginning in 2009, over 8000 TEDx events have been held in more than 130 countries. In short, TEDx is part of a grassroots revolution in global education! It is made possible by local organizers, often volunteers, who passionately desire to engage and activate their communities. Like the main TED conference, which continues today, TEDx brings some of the most fascinating contemporary thinkers and doers to the stage. Like the TED talks, TEDx talks are recorded and made available freely on the TEDx YouTube channel.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. In 1984, the TED conference began in California as a way to highlight the convergence of the technology, entertainment, and design industries. Luminaries of these industries were invited to speak, and an exclusive group were invited to attend. Today, TED is a worldwide, well-known platform for ideas worth spreading, now highlighting innovative ideas in more than 100 languages from many disciplines—including science, business, and global concerns. For the public benefit, TED talks are recorded live. They are freely available at TED.com and on digital streaming channels such as Netflix and YouTube.