About TEDxSF: x=independently organized TED event
TEDxSF is 4,000 people who ideate, create and get things done in the Bay Area.
TEDxSF seeks to extend the TED mission of ideas worth sharing on a regional basis, highlighting exceptional people and creative works, connecting people across disciplines, creating conversations and driving action. We explore big questions through the eyes of science, business, arts, letters, music and more. Our events have a San Francisco flavor, in that they have a technology and startup bias, and a broad spirit of inquiry.
TEDxSF was the first global TEDx community. We held our first community gathering at Dolby Labs in 2009, and have held 5 more major events, each with worldclass speakers and production quality. We have grown to more than 4,000 members and 60+ hands-on volunteers.
• Live in inquiry.
• Be a whole person.
• Celebrate excellence.
• Elevate the ideas at the edge.
• Practice ferocious generosity.
• Act for the world.
• Dream out loud: share your ideas!
• Connect and collaborate.
• Live it up!
• & Be kind.
About TED: Riveting talks in the spirit of ideas worth spreading
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.
TED’s mission is spreading ideas. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.
The TED Conference, held annually in Long Beach, is still the heart of TED. More than a thousand people now attend. Indeed, the event sells out a year in advance and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter pieces of content, including music, performance and comedy. There are no breakout groups. Everyone shares the same experience. It shouldn’t work, but it does. It works because all of knowledge is connected. Every so often it makes sense to emerge from the trenches we dig for a living, and ascend to a 30,000-foot view, where we see, to our astonishment, an intricately interconnected whole.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx
events, including ours, are self-organized and financed.