Organising an internal TEDx event

My love of TED

I love discovering and learning new things. And that’s why I am a big fan of TED Talks. In one place you can learn about any topic from activism to 3d printing . What I love about TED is not only the variety of the topics and the diversity of the speakers but also the positive and real impact on my life the Talks sometimes have (I will blog soon about my 30 day challenge following this talk).

What is TED?

“TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around  the world.”

My journey – from TED-like to the real deal

Sometime ago I run a few experiments at work – I organised TED-like events inviting people to come and talk about things they are passionate about or find interesting.  My TED-like events were met with very positive response. Colleagues were keen to attend and present their ideas. Following feedback I introduced some time for discussion and short workshop activities. The events were gaining popularity but it was difficult to get engagement from across the whole organisation. I needed something that would catch people’s attention, and make the event feel more inclusive.
 
I applied for a TEDx licence for an internal TEDx event. There are many event types that you can choose from – I am organising an internal TEDx event (and this is what this blog post is about). If you work for a nonprofit, government entity or a hospital you can hold a TEDx event without paying for a licence fee! Otherwise it costs  USD $10,000 to get a business TEDx event organised for a company with fewer than 500 employees.

But what exactly is the TEDx programme?

 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.

Why should you consider holding an internal TEDx event?

I believe holding an internal TEDx event is beneficial for the business as well as the individuals. I think it it worth to take a day (or a few hours) out of our routine work to be inspired, learn new things and to meet colleagues we might otherwise not interact with.
This way of celebrating the ideas staff have gives a voice to many who otherwise might not be heard. And as the event is not the usual “team building” or management led affair I think it allows for a greater feel of a shared experience. And above all I believe it motivates people. Having an internal TEDx event allows for a supportive and innovative culture to emerge. If you would like to read more about benefits of hosting a TEDx event you can read more on the TED website.

Who should organise an internal TEDx event?

If you are reading this blog post I guess it means you are interested in TED events and even possibly thinking of whether you should organise an internal TEDx event. My advice would be simple – go for it!
There are lots of benefits of being a TEDx organiser, here are just a few:
  • You will get to meet and interact with lots of interesting people from across the whole organisation.
  • You will get access to the amazing TEDx community forum and the wealth of advice from choosing speakers to designing the best badges for your event.
  • It is very rearding to see people get passionate and excited about the idea of a internal TEDx!
  • It is a grassroot event – so even if you are not a manager you can lead people.
  • You will get the chance to choose the TED Talks which will be screened at your event and have a unique opportunity to shape the event (and also share some of your most beloved TED talks of all times! Yes it is definitely Shawn Anchor’s The Happy Secret for Better Work for me!)
  • If you looking for something creative to do – you can get your creative juices flowing when doing the comms for the event (see those amazing posters and badges to get inspired)
  • It is a lot of fun and you will also get a cool TEDx page with your photo on it (bonus!).

Just over a month left to the internal TEDx event I am organising. I can only hope the event itself will be at least as much as fun as organising it!

 

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