TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)
As you spend time on our site, you’ll notice references and crossover content from TEDxCreative Coast. The team at The Creative Coast helped turn the idea of a local TEDx event almost seven years ago into a sellout event year after year. With a strong foundation in place, organizers agreed 2016 was an ideal time to rebrand the event as TEDxSavannah. Some of the original members are on a new board, Inspire Savannah, which has the sole purpose of promoting and organizing our local TEDx event.
TEDxSavannah more closely links our event with the historic city we call home, and the new identity shows the world that our city and its residents embrace the ideals of the TED community.
We’re looking to the future, but we would never forget our past. That’s why some of the valuable content first developed as TEDxCreative Coast is still displayed here.
In the fall of 2015 a group of local TEDx supporters and community action heroes renamed the event “TEDxSavannah,” with the successful legacy and forward thinking strategies of years of great local “Ideas Worth Spreading” to carry on. This all-volunteer group includes Laura Lee Bocade, Lesley Conn, Robert Grant, Allison Hersh, Susan Isaacs, Robert McGuirk, Phoenicia Miracle, Nick Oji, Jen Roberts, Lizann Roberts, Peter Ulrich and Murray Wilson.