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TED and TEDx for ideas worth spreading

TED logoI love that the mission of TED/TEDx is “ideas worth spreading”. Speaking at a TEDx event is a dream for many people (myself included!) and is an awesome opportunity to get your ideas and message out in a big way and spread them far and wide!

What is TED?  This is the information on the TED About page: 

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. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference and TEDGlobal — TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

TED conferences 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.

What is TEDX is and why it was launched? TED launched the TEDx program :

to help individuals, schools, and organizations create and host their own local, unofficial, TED-style events, using a mix of TED video and live speakers — and in doing so, release TED free to the world.

Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

Many TEDx speakers agree it can be a life-changing experience and many see incredible success as a result of standing on that stage. Here are a few of my favorite TEDx videos and why I like them.  Do take note on the number of views and you’ll see these really are “ideas worth spreading” !


I really like this one because the message – eat real food – is so fundamental and so powerful and yet so forgotten. I enjoy how she shared her story of recovery from MS with food and loved her call to action to make changes now

I am thrilled and honored to be interviewing Dr. Terry Wahls for my upcoming “Speak NOW!” series. She is going to share her amazing TEDx experience and how it led to her incredible book deal with a big publisher.  Her new book The Wahls Protocol will be released in March 2014.


Robyn is so passionate about sharing how the quality of food in the U.S. is affecting our kids and contributing to food allergies.  I like that she shares facts and figures as well as tying it all back to what she saw happen to her kids 


Birke’s message is compelling despite the fact that his talk is too rehearsed and a little too fast.  But I still find it so inspiring to see a kid on the stage delivering a message like this. I also really enjoyed some of his quotes. Two of my favorites:I wanted to be a NFL player but I think I’ll be an organic farmer” and “Pay the farmer or pay the hospital”.


What do you think?  Are these “ideas worth spreading”? 

Do you dream of being a TEDx speaker?

Or are you a TEDx speaker?  Has it changed your life? 

15 Responses so far.

  1. Sue Painter says:

    I’m not a TED speaker but I do love watching many of them. It’s a wonderful forum for ideas that might otherwise not get much press or visibility.

  2. Doreen says:

    I really do enjoy TED talks and have watched many of them over the years. Their content really highlights information that many would have never had had access to. Thanks for sharing your favorites.

  3. I agree, TED and TEDx are great and have lots of wonderful ideas and fabulous missions.

    I also like Annie Murphy Paul

    and Anna Lappe

    • Trudy Scott says:

      Thanks for sharing Mira – I enjoyed Annie Murphy Paul’s talk. She has a lovely voice and manner. I am a bit surprised that she is using notes – it’s the first time I’ve seen this in a TED talk!

      Anna Lappe is also great – of course I do find the topic interesting too!

      I think watching these and others are great ways to learn from when you do your TEDx talk


  4. Mitch Tublin says:

    We have a regional TEDx event coming up in a few months.
    As soon as the application process opens up, I am going to apply
    to speak.

  5. I enjoy watching TED videos and speakers.Thanks for the links Trudy.

  6. Jessica says:

    I find the Ted and TedX talks very inspiring. When I need a quick infusion of inspiration, I ask my Facebook Friends which ones they recommend. It’s always fun to see their different ideas.

  7. I didn’t realize that TEDX was so independent… I may look into organizing something like that here… maybe at the local library on whose board I serve as president. 🙂

    Good luck, Mitch!

    Thanks, Trudy! I always learn new things from you!

    XO, Katherine

  8. I love TED and TEDx! I can’t wait to dive into these videos. Thanks for sharing, Trudy!

  9. Mitch Tublin says:

    The wealth of material available from TED talks is amazing.
    The speakers are all talented and the subjects range a wide
    array of topics.