TED is dedicated to Ideas Worth Spreading. The mission of TEDxBend is to deliver on these TED ideals in a way that’s relevant, accessible and meaningful to Central Oregon—to make this a truly “community” event. TEDxBend has evolved into a dynamic year round project that builds upon the single-day main event to connect with the community year round. Through monthly Salons, TEDxBendWomen, TED Cinema and plans for a TEDxBend Youth event, we are expanding the conversation, promising greater inclusion for everyone in our midst.
Sparked by the celebrated TED conferences worldwide, TEDxBend is our very own locally organized event featuring a dozen talks, demonstrations and performances under 18 minutes each. Each spring, local, national and international speakers and performers, inspire and engage over 1400 people locally at Bend Senior High School and countless more from around the world via live stream. Now embarking on its 6th year, TEDxBend is introducing a monthly Salon series in between our bigger events to build community, which is both the engine and cornerstone of TEDx. TED and TEDxBend are 501(c)(3) nonprofits devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.
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, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on 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.
TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.