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How to get involved in the TED community?

I am new to the TED community and love to learn and attend these conventions, etc.

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    Dec 7 2012: Maaher,
    You are welcome my friend! I really encourage you to try again until you are received. Keep in mind, it's not about you! It's about the viability of your ideas worth sharing being shared...right? TEDx events are put on by volunteers that for the most part have jobs, families, businesses, etc.. Most of which have never planned an event of this magnitude or importance.
    What they lack in event planning experience they more than compensate in their passion and desire to do their job well. There were many things I thought could have been done differently in my TEDx experience. Here was my solution: I took ownership of the opportunity. I did not wait for someone to say it's okay to do this, that or the other thing. I checked within and asked myself is this mutually beneficial for the team? If the answer was yes I proceeded. I didn't ask for permission, i didn't and don't seek credit. I felt and still do that the spirit of TEDx is community. When one wins, we ALL win. If I know something or can do something or have an idea withholding it would be a shame.

    I reached out to contacts I have in the community and asked for them to consider sponsoring (I wasn't on that committee), I posted on social media platforms (again I wasn't on that committee), I placed the event on several event posting sites (I was not on that committee). I share this with you to present a birdseye view of what is most important. Sharing your ideas worth sharing!

    I feel your passion in your words and I completely believe that your gift (idea worth sharing) will make room for you. Persist until you succeed would be my advice to you(if you're interested). Do that and in a short while send me a message with your TEDx link and I'll be your biggest cheerleader!
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      Dec 7 2012: Honestly!! You are amazingly inspiring Jacqui. I cant thank enough for sharing this with me. I have been an event organizer myself and hold some substantial expereince in this aspect. Perhaps I can help in this effort.

      I will continue to persist and persevere..I thrive on creative thinking and inspirational and progressive ideas. If not TED there are many other platforms to share ideas. But I love the TED concept and initiative.

      Thanks for sharing ....
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        Dec 7 2012: You are welcome my new friend! That's wonderful Maaher! You're figuring out how to instead of focusing on what's not! YaaaY YOU. Explains a lot that you have extensive event organizing skills. That is the filter with which you gauge others through. Having started, run and organized a meetup group for about two years my filter was similar. Although, I have no where near the expertise you have.
        Instead, I set my expectations aside and managed them as much as I could. Focusing on the team and my idea worth sharing and our ideas worth sharing helped me tremendously. Besides, it is soooooo not about US!
        Glad that I could help you my new friend:~) Remember, when YOU win, I win!
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    Dec 5 2012: The TEDX curators and contacts in my city do not have the courtesy to reply to an email and are unable to be contacted. Go figure!

    Further, I am curious about how one gets selected to present a TEd talk? What if I have an idea to share? How does one get on TED Talks?
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      Dec 5 2012: Its a very hermetic group, you are absolutely right.
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        Dec 7 2012: Hi Ahmet,

        Marhaba! I did nominate myself. I wonder if that will work. I am very curious to learn about what a TED host or organizer seeks in terms of a speaker or the ideal idea. Is there a preferred subject, theme or a defined criteria for a potential speaker to qualify for an event.

        Thanks for your reply!
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      Dec 7 2012: Hi Maaher, Search for a neighboring city or if you know of someone that may be interested in bringing TEDx to a smaller city suggest that and then apply. Having shared at TEDxTemecula which was our inaugural event there are many things I would have wanted to see different. What I kept in mind was this is unchartered territory they themselves had never done this before. None of us had. I had never been to a TEDx before. I still haven't except the one I spoke at. In addition, I was the anchor speaker so I couldn't completely enjoy my fellow sharers. The TEDxters that I've met via live stream, twitter and facebook have been incredible. I'm with Ahmet on this one...nominate yourself! I did and didn't even know that is what I was doing. Go for it Maaher!!!!
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        Dec 7 2012: Jacqui,

        Thank you very much for your encouragement. I have tried contacting other TedX curators and organizers that I could, but none respond. I figure that perhaps they are bombarded by several emails requesting the same ane hence the lack of response.

        If TED is truly about Ideas worth Sharing, they ought to have an effecient or responsible process of acknowledging or responsing to those who have such ideas. I can understand the enermous task of organizing the main major conferences in big cities, but I would expect the organizers of a small TEDX event to be more deligent in their management.

        I have nominated myself and await a response. I do not know if this would work though. I feel bad nominating myself as it seems like self promotion where as my purpose is only to share the messageéidea that I believe by expereince would help several others.

        Thanks for your feedback though! Very much appreciated!
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    Dec 7 2012: Hi Nicole,
    The advice Fritzie gave you is spot on! Search out the upcoming TEDx events apply to be a part of the team, sponsor, attend or speak. That you raised your hand means you have something of value to offer. Don't deprive the TEDx community of your talents Nicole!!! Go for it!!!
  • Dec 7 2012: Thank you very much. I am looking through the website and app even more.
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    Dec 5 2012: Hi, Nicole. There are resources you can link through this website that can help you.

    The easiest thing to do for starters is to listen to the talks that interest you. That is the first link at the top of this page.

    Most people here probably cannot afford to attend the actual conferences, details of which you can reach through the Conference link above, but if you follow the TEDx link above, you can see what sorts of TEDx events are in your area area. http://www.ted.com/tedx

    If you follow the links to the TEDx event that interests you, you can click on the information. Some of these are events that an employer or organization hosts on its campus for its own members and would not then be open to the public. Others are open but have limited seats. If you are interested you apply to attend. The one at my local university, which is intended for that university's students, is of that type. But you can send an email through this website to the organizer to get details. That's how I attended a TEDx this year.

    Conversations here, like the TED talks are free to the world.

    There is also a form on this site through which one can recommend a speaker.

    I hope this helps you.