On November 29 we will host our annual TEDxCrocetta conference. This time 12 live speakers will be brought on stage to share with us their ideas and their experiences which revolve around the desire to challenge oneself and conventional thinking. The talks will range from food and disability, environment and design, to materials that are suitable for the most extreme climates.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit organization that has the goal of spreading valuable ideas. Starting as a 4-day conference in California in 1984, TED's "mission" has grown thanks to various efforts.
During the annual TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to present their ideas in presentations that last at max 18 minutes.
Their talks, in the form of TED videos, are being distributed freely through www.ted.com.
Some speakers that have shared during a TED Conference include:
Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elisabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nanda Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and the English Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
TED holds two yearly conferences: TED at Long Beach, California and TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Some of the TED projects include www.ted.com where TEDTalks are archived and daily made available, the new TED Conversations that makes it possible for numerous fans to exchange ideas, and the TED Open Translation Project that brings TED Talks beyond the English-speaking world by offering subtitles, interactive transcripts and the ability for any talk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
The TED Prize is awarded annually to an exceptional individual in order to help provide powerful seed funding for "A Wish to Inspire the World."
The TEDTEDxTED program gives communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to organize independently local events and a TED Fellows Program that helps innovators throughout the world take part in TED communities and, with the help of the latter, to extend the impact of their projects and activities.
For more information about the new TED conferences, visit the website www.ted.com/registration.
You can follow TED on twitter or on Facebook.
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.
Our event is called TEDxCrocetta, where x = independently organized TED event. Live speakers and TEDTalks videos combine to spark deep discussion and connection among the partecipants.
The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.