Our project began when a parent, a student, and a faculty member, each inspired by TED in different ways, shared their interest in hosting our own TEDx conference.
Our Mission: To engage our community in a discussion of ideas, to expand perspectives and to make a philanthropic impact.
We applied for a license with TED, which we received along with a toolkit and guidelines for organizing a TEDx. This event is independently organized without supervision or financial support from TED.
Riccardo Di Capua
John A. King, Jr.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, 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. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.
The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.
The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.
For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit www.ted.com/registration
TED has established the annual TED Prize, which has come to be known as the TED "wish", where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action. The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED Community's exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives a $1,000,000 monetary award and, much more important, the granting of "One Wish to Change the World." Over the life of the prize, wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact.
For TEDxCoconutGrove, we have modeled our own "Hope Prize" after the TED Prize and though we cannot offer the same monetary award as TED, we hope to offer the talent, expertise, and tradition of service and community that will be present in our audience. We believe that the TEDxCoconutGrove Hope Prize will have a tremendous positive impact on our community just as the TED Prize has had on the world.