Lara Stein

TED Licensing Director,


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As a TEDx organizers I wish there were this feature on Please propose a suggestion or an idea around future functionality.

We are working on a road map for future functionally on We would like input from the community of TEDx organizers. What would you like to be able to do on

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    Jun 12 2012: Ooh finally Thanks Lara ,

    It would be fantastic if we could create a Customized URL For Example :
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    Jun 13 2012: TEDx rules version control and notification feature.

    It would be helpful if we could know TEDx rules has been changed. I think RSS would be good to notify TEDx rules has been changed.
    If we know version of TEDx rules, I think that we can say like this "our TEDx event based on TEDx rules 1.0.5"
    And if we start to translate TEDx rules into other language by volunteers, it would be easier to find sentence which is needed to translate and to understand current translated TEDx rules are based on which version.
  • Jun 13 2012: 1. Connect a TedTalk with an action button (i.e. donate, volunteer, organize...)
    2. Move toward becoming an online free accredited university for the public good.
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    Jun 12 2012: --An "alert" so that I can be notified of upcoming TEDx events in my community
    --A searchable database of organizers around the world, that I could sort by city (ie, all organizers in SF), or regions, or types of events, or number of attendees, or years in existence. This would help me identify mentors and people who have solved similar challenges
    --A way to invite TEDsters to my event. Not all TED profiles include their city. Right now I can do a manual search and infer their city based on other keywords (I might find "Colorado" but not "Denver"), then send them a message through my profilte. Very cumbersome. If profiles included cities, and/or profilees could select "would you like to be notified about upcoming TEDx events in your area?" then it would be easier to reach out to the TED community. I always feel like there are abundant TEDsters in my town who have no idea our event is happening.
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    Jun 12 2012: I would love a simple form that I could fill out that would send me reminders/notifications on TEDx events in my geographic area. For example: I would be notified via email if a new TEDx event is licensed within 50 miles of my zipcode. This would make it very easy to learn about new TEDx events in my area, and a great reminder of current ones.

    As an organizer, I love to go to other TEDx events, but as we organizers know, we can get so distracted with our own events sometimes we forget that there are other events going on in our own backyards.
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    Jun 14 2012: If each TEDx organizer had access to an infrastructure similar to, we could:
    - Offer attendees and community at large to signup for a TED/TEDx account
    - Curate conversations to engage community around topics raised at our events
    - Match conversation with nearby TEDx communities and/or global TED
    - Offer a two-ways communication platform for sponsors to engage with the community (around the TEDx topics, not general PR)
    - Build a standardized base of opinions, topics of interest, and people at various levels of engagement
    We could draw more inspiration from what other TEDx events have done in terms of editorial content, and it would provide a readily connected infrastructure instead of relying on each organizer to set it up.
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      Jun 14 2012: I am not a TED organizer, but read this post because of my interest in the format. Coming from the 'consumer' side, I had recently posted a very parallel 'Idea' in TED conversations before I read this response. I absolutely believe this process would be enhanced - for both the presenter and the audience - if there were a post-presentation 'conversation' venue to participate in. The presenter gets the benefit of understanding what ideas/info were actually transmitted, would get immediate feedback as to the relevancy to the audiences needs, gets to clarify misconceptions, and may get additional contributions to the subject. The interested 'consumer' can get clarification, would be more involved, and can exchange ideas with a TED 'expert'. Also, if these 'conversations' were included in the already developed 'TED conversations' format, it would bring a higher level of participation to the current 'conversations' and bring greater diversity to those conversations which would, in time, increase the 'value' of the TED conversation format world-wide. Thanks to all of the TED organizers for their efforts.
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    Jun 12 2012: stats about the dfevelopment of the program in a region or city: number of licenses, when the first event has been done, evolution of licenses since then, total audience, number of cities with a licence, by type of events, ect, a full protrait of the program in a region or city. and maybe even an infography of it.
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    Jun 12 2012: I would love to see the tedx site more from a audience perspective.
    like where you are invited to watch the talks and can then dive deeper into the conference registration or talk search. all organizer resources seem to me well structured.
  • Jun 12 2012: It would be great if there was a way to talk about/share sponsors. I find the real inhibitor to doing the very best TEDx event
    is, sadly, funding. The quality of the filming, the meals, the little gift bags, the name badges and notebooks. Everyone can help some but this economy, in small communities, makes it awkward to ask some folks -- often the very folks you want/need involved--- to completely donate their services. And if TEDx is but one thing you are involved in, in the non-profit world and fundraising for, it gives one a split personality trying to make Sophie's Choice-style decisions on which of the children you feel forced to give up when you dearly love them both.

    Money, is the the dirty little secret we tip-toe around as individual organizers and we need to discuss this, together.In a safe environment.
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    Jul 11 2012: The new TEDx events page already works much better. I would like to see way that TEDx attendees can automatically to create a profile on and have the TEDx organizers access those profiles.
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    Jun 14 2012: can i follow the people who respond on the conversations??
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    Jun 14 2012: Integrate the TEDPrize/ City 2.0

    Our community wants ways to act on ideas worth spreading. They generate more ideas than our team at TEDxHuntsville can implement - if there is a way to help them share and collaborate without our oversight or perhaps collaborate with other TEDx communities who want to get involved beyond a conference, that would be valuable.

    It would also be great to browse TEDx design inspiration like website screenshots, branding, promo videos. This content could be submitted and ranked by users.

    I also really like TEDxAmsterdam's Ideas worth doing initiative that shares and ranks actions by various TEDx-ers. Would be a great way to inspire action worth spreading!
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    Jun 13 2012: I would really appreciate if TED will be able to share the TEDx Map code or Find TEDx event codes ( which is listed on to the organizers so that it can embedded in our TEDx events webpages which gives visitors the ideas when and how many TEDx are happening or coming we as a part of global community are sharing the same visions and one destiny to change the world.
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    Jun 13 2012: TEDx speakers feature pages like TED community.

    It's just one of ideas. The point of ideas is get speakers involved in whole TED/TEDx community for not only involving day of the event. For example, giving badges, feature their project in their profile etc.
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    Jun 12 2012: More emphasis on a community surrounding a particular TEDx event, a bit like Antonella said. If we could follow a specific community and how TEDx has helped transform it and tell the stories around it. Organizers, speakers, and audience stories around an event... maybe highlight one TEDx community a month?
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    Jun 12 2012: I am really in favour of the "next step": ideas worth doing, so maybe there could be a way to promote action through the page.
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    Jun 12 2012: As the TEDxSuzhou organizer, I wish there were some sort of Social Media feature on

    Because I feel TEDxSuzhou miss many people who are in TEDx Community, living Suzhou and also have same passion. I met some other TEDx organizers on TED Audition and most of us don't know each other.

    How can we connect with each other through Connect people based on common ground, such as interests, career, location, etc.

    ( ) This is a website I use for TEDxSuzhou's team building at the very beginning and it works. It helps me to find people in same city with same passion and interests.

    Connect and Be Connected. Based on common ground, I wish the feature on can connect people, connect ideas, connect action.
  • Jul 11 2012: Have a List of Up lifting and inspiring Videos to see. Like this one that I also place on my website.
  • Jul 11 2012: - visible voting.
    - integration with official academics (towards degree equivalency or something)
    - project draftings - either ideas with grants for completion, virtual+local team, or some sort of actual action besides enlightened tv and chitchat (apologies for the harshness)
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    Jul 5 2012: Hello, I wish we could upload avatars/pictures on our profiles at once like we can on Facebook and other social media. Do- you think that's so difficult for TED (that looks so assertive at first in matters of science and latest technology? Caching up the present day has to be a priority, I think, even for 'exceedingly glamorous' TED (with tons of information but relatively less wisdom and common sense :-) :-) Thanks, Nermin
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    Jun 21 2012: Simple is otfen most effective. You have the resource of millions of eager, sharp minds who just want to contribute. Just put up a permanent question asking for TEDx suggestions. We watch these talks, love them and are capable of discernment among them. I can think of several right now that I wish the TED community could see because they are first class in content and speaking style.
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    Jun 21 2012: Well I may be a minority but I'm doing it. I'm kind of easy to please and like keeping K.I.S.S. involved . I would like to thank y'all for ted thanks.
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    Jun 20 2012: TEDx Prize

    Giving the awards from TED to most incredible TEDx event and featuring it on the
    Maybe I think that we can have some sections like "Good WEB design", "Good Promotion Video", "Good Stories", "Good Venue Design", "Good Marketing Strategy", "Good TEDx Speakers" etc.

    This is not just function on but I think that it will encourage people who are already involved in each TEDx and make creative people such as designer and filmmaker feel to want to get involved in TEDx more.
    And it also effects partnership.
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    Jun 20 2012: Aside from the fact that the current tedx pages are already very good and quite complete in information

    Some improvements ideas
    - I think the spatial mapping can improve (auto zoom after entering a search term, option to get it on bigger screen)
    - Linking the talks to the location of the event (after they appear online)
    - +1 to Amy's ideas (city 2.0 integration)
    - The link to the TEDx pages on the main site is quite small. I don't think most TEDx visitors come to these pages, but are most often reached through the TEDx Websites. I don't know how to improve connections between the two without increasing the workload of the webmasters... I think the same goes for the TEDx Blog

    - As TEDx organisers and teams are getting to know each other better and better (through the various events and personal contacts and meetups), I still think that eshtablishing a network between the different TEDx events might be a nice feature (My idea was that each TEDx connects with the 6 nearest TEDx events around them, with 6 TEDx events in the same continent, and 6 TEDx events worldwide). Visualizing these connections might be a neat feature.
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    Jun 15 2012: I recall reading that new 'ideas' in science are adopted, not by the scientists strongly invested in their current way of thinking, but by the new scientists involved in developing their way of thinking. If the new idea survives and is validated, it replaces the current way of thinking, largely because the old way dies out as those vested in it die out. Einstein is considered to be the last deterministic theoretical physicist and I think he was credited with saying that he could not believe that God would play dice with the universe. I think it was Bohr, who said that that may be true, but if you want a good model of the universe, get yourself some dice. Winston Churchill (I think) said that when you are young, read everything. Develop taste later. Knowledge has its own evolution, a survival of the fittest where the strongest ideas emerge and survive and procreate. Although I am relatively new to TED, I am impressed with its existing functionality. You have a wide range of talks on many topics, often related to current issues of concern, that are well presented, suitable for discussion after viewing, understandable to a general audience, and openly accessible. Your commitment to address many issues opens the way to the development of a wide library of ideas on a global scale. If you wish to increase your future functionality, seek to increase your audience for what you already do well. For example, make available libraries of DVDs, by subject or topic, for use by groups, hopefully at special rates; target schools, but especially members of school boards and policy makers in education; target governmental policy makers at the state and local level, develop a list of resources (especially speakers and workshop leaders) available for presentations at professional meetings and other scheduled functions … and so on. Use the barefoot doctor model to get the word out to the grassroots!
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    Jun 15 2012: How about TED/Meet Ups. An ability to arrange informal gatherings with other TED community members in your geographic location, to carry on TED conversations face-to-face, discuss TED talks, socialise and maybe plan more formal events?
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    Jun 15 2012: I wish if there's a task list or something published in the event site which we can volunteer to accomplish. I'm living in Tokyo and I contacted organizers of TEDx events asking if there's anything I can do but I was never asked to do anything which I would be very happy to do.
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    Jun 15 2012: I think there should be a specific website for easily getting into contact with organizers.
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    Jun 14 2012: Suggestion for each speaker in any TED setting/event.

    This suggestion may already be true, but I have yet to attend a TEDx or conference.

    After each speaker, or at the end of each "day", there should be a question and answer session and a certain amount of time alotted for each speaker. I think that would be very interesting and make information more concrete, though each question would get filtered I think the Q and A session would work better at the end of a TEDx or conference "day".
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    Jun 13 2012: Thank you! Keep them coming....
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    Jun 13 2012: WEB links to regional TEDx portal site discussed at TEDxSummit and written in each native languages.

    Of course, at first, we need each regional TEDx portal site to break language barrier and to spread TEDx more in each region.
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    Jun 12 2012: Looking at the site information architecture as it is now, it serves a couple of different masters: people who want to know more about TEDx, and those who organize TEDx events.

    I think a key question is: Should be about and for us, or for the public who visits

    If the former, I think we have a lot of places we, as organizers, can access content to help us put on successful TEDx events. I'm not sure if how we do what we do needs to be on display to the public on

    With the latter focus (having a great experience when visiting as a member of the public - not a TEDx organizer), I wish the focus was more on highlighting the talks (those "ideas worth spreading") like on the homepage of Perhaps, in addition to the sorting features on the homepage, there's an added option of sorting by region, state or country. I'd still see there being About TEDx, Find an Event, etc.