About TED & TEDx

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out(in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

The two annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Spring and Edinburgh, Scotland, bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives(in 18 minutes or less).

On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 900 TED Talks are now available, with more added each week.

Our mission:Spreading ideas.

The TEDx program gives communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently.

Today, TED is best through of as a global community. It’s a community welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world.


TED 是一個跨界的智庫,是一個對話的平台,更是實現 ideas 的舞台。TED 分別代表的是 科技 (technology)、娛樂 (entertainment)、設計 (design),是一年一度的創新盛會 。1984 年由 Richard Wurman 在加州創立,原本只是一群朋友間的腦力大激盪,他們來自不同的領域,他們有些是建築師、科學家、教育家、詩人、劇作家、創業家、設計師等等。他們對未來充滿熱情,又有一些叛逆,聚在一起討論最新最酷的點子,和如何可以改變這個世界。

TED 的獨特性在於它用 “說故事” 的方式為這個大會定調。每位講者用 18 分鐘的時間把她 / 他用故事的方式現出來,在講者踏上講台的那一刻故事就已經開始。TED 在 2002 年由 媒體創業家 Chris Andreson 買下。 Chris 創辦過 Business 2.0,熟知 web 2.0 的力量。他將 TED 納入他的非營利組織 Sapling Foundation,並且從 2006 年開始將過去的演講內容放到 Ted.com,讓全世界可以免費收看,並且結合社群媒體的力量,形成持續的長尾效應。過去 25年來 TED 所探討的議題甚廣,除了科技、娛樂、設計,更涵蓋了環保、全球議題、非洲、創業等等。

TED 在 2009 年開放品牌授權,由會員自行策劃 TEDx.