In this blog we are going to talk about a very creative, informative and inspiring program named TEDx. I have been following this program since my high school and has helped me a lot in my own personal growth. It has been my dream to be a part of TEDx and have my own video as a TEDx Fellow. If you are still unknown about what kind of program TEDx is then its your lucky day.
The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences.
At TEDx events, a screening of TED Talks videos or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos sparks deep conversation and connections at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED.
TED was conceived in 1984 by architect and graphic designer Richard Saul Wurman, who observed a convergence of the fields of technology, entertainment, and design (that is, “TED”). The first conference, organized by Harry Marks and Wurman in the same year, featured demos of the Sony compact disc, and one of the first demonstrations of the Apple Macintosh computer. Presentations were given by famous mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot and influential members of the digerati community, like Nicholas Negroponte and Stewart Brand. The event was financially unsuccessful; it took six years before the second conference was organized.
From 1990 onward, a growing community of “TEDsters” gathered annually at the event in Monterey, California, until 2009, when it was relocated to Long Beach, California due to a substantial increase in attendees. Initially, the speakers had been drawn from the fields of expertise behind the acronym TED, but during the nineties, the roster of presenters broadened to include scientists, philosophers, musicians, religious leaders, philanthropists and many others.
In 2000, Wurman, looking for a successor at age 65, met with new-media entrepreneur and TED enthusiast Chris Anderson to discuss future happenings. Anderson’s UK media company Future bought TED. And, In November 2001, Anderson’s non-profit The Sapling Foundation (motto: “fostering the spread of great ideas.”) acquired TED from Future for £4m. In February 2002, Anderson gave a TEDTalk in which he explained his vision of the conference and his future role of curator. Wurman left after the 2002 conference.
In 2006, attendance cost was $4,400 per person and was by invitation only. The membership model was shifted in January 2007 to an annual membership fee of $6,000, which includes attendance of the conference, club mailings, networking tools, and conference DVDs.
In 2014 the conference was relocated to Vancouver.
TED is currently funded by a combination of various revenue streams, including conference attendance fees, corporate sponsorships, foundation support, licensing fees, and book sales. Corporate sponsorships are diverse, provided by companies such as Google, GE,AOL, Goldman Sachs, The Coca-Cola Company; among others. Sponsors do not participate in the creative direction of the event, nor are they allowed to present on the main stage, in the interests of journalistic independence.
Anuradha Koirala, a feminist of Nepal who has been working to stop girl trafficking and raising awareness not only in Nepal but all over the world. Lets have a look at her sharing and her struggle behind running such a great organisation, Maiti Nepal.
Likewise, if you are a person who thinks that your life is not satisfying to you. You are in constant sorrow by people or your own problems. You are not achieving any thing in life. You are a total mess. Then lets decide after watching this video.
So, lets get motivated, inspire others and boost each other by watching and following TEDx program.