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Lara Stein

TED Licensing Director,

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How do we capture the collective wisdom and engage the global TEDx communities?

There have been over 1400 TEDx events globally. Each of these TEDx events are nurturing incredible local communities. These communities value education and the power of ideas to change the world. How do we connect these communities and share their collective wisdom?

How do we help these communities take action, both locally and globally?

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  • Mar 2 2011: I know TEDx organizers in the China or SE Asia region have kind of connected loosely, so I think there's already a desire for this community to grow.

    Platforms could include a forum for TEDx organizers (registered ones that are beyond just the licensee) so that they can exchange ideas/formats/speakers/logistics.

    Perhaps another requirement in the TEDx programme might be that a TEDx organizer has to connect with at least one TEDx organizer or TEDster in their region (say SE Asia, South Asia, or North America), just so there is some dialogue going on.

    A good example is just Hong Kong - in one year we've overnight had this mushrooming of TEDx events. The enthusiasm is great, but on the other hand, it might oversaturate the city, and on top of that, it might stretch resources thin. We had TEDxHong Kong, TEDxYouth Day, TEDxPearl River Delta, TEDxHKSAR, TEDxKowloon off the top of my head - I think there was one more. Many of them weren't advertised, so it doesn't make it too open to the general population - so more coordinated PR would be great.

    If there are regional hubs emerging - it might be a good idea to actually have TED do a collaboration (kind of like TEDWomen or TEDxChange). Maybe one in China, or one in Hong Kong. That might help consolidate it a bit, and make them bigger in scope as well.

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