TED Conversations

TED Conversations is a social media platform on TED.com that connects people for conversation, collaboration and debate. The platform engages notable TED speakers and the broader TED community in conversations that -- for the first time on a social network — have a time limit. TED Conversations was designed and built from the ground-up to foster meaningful conversation among the global community — more than 15 million monthly users — who visit TED.com and watch TED Talks online.

TED Conversations marks a major step in TED.com's evolution as a social platform. Through the popularity of TED Talks, TED.com has amassed a vast global audience of intellectually curious members eager to engage in meaningful conversation. TED Conversations aims to capture the passion of these visitors and get the entire community — speakers, Fellows, translators and fans — talking, brainstorming and collaborating in real-time.

TED Conversations was made possible by support from TED partner GE, who provided underwriting as well as product inspiration.

Key features

  • Conversation categories — Questions, Debates and Ideas: By asking a question, you can tap into the expertise of the TED community. By proposing an idea, you can elicit constructive feedback. And by initiating a debate, you can lay out a key issue for spirited discussion.
  • Time-boxed conversations: Whether it's one day or one month, TED Conversations are assigned an expiration date to keep the discussion sharp and on-topic. Designed to promote participation among time-pressed users, including TED speakers and conference attendees, the conversations will end on a preset date, at which time the user who initiated it can summarize the discussion with a closing statement.
  • Link conversations to one of the 1500+ TED Talks on TED.com: So users can ask a question, debate an issue or propose an idea that was sparked by watching a talk. This allows a thoughtful exchange among a global community with a shared experience and knowledge base.
  • Tag assignments: To ease navigation, users can search for specific topics such as "architecture," "alternative medicine" or "clean energy."

Playlist: The art of meaningful conversation
Playlist (7 talks)
The art of meaningful conversation

You talk to people everyday. But do you really feel like you’re communicating? These talks will help you go beyond small talk, to the conversations that nudge along understanding. Watch now

Feedback or questions?

Have a comment, question or suggestion about TED Conversations? We want to hear from you — email us at conversations@ted.com.

Start or join a TED Conversation

You can ask a question, start a debate or share an idea!