In 1804 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the Corps of Discovery across the continent, arriving in what is now Astoria, Oregon, in December 1805. Their remarkable journey into the unknown evokes the pioneering spirit of all Oregonians and is the inspirational platform for us to spread ideas in search of the new frontier. “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Founded 25 years ago, TED (Technology/Entertainment/Design) is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. The annual conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for no more than 18 minutes. Their “talks” are then made available for free at TED.com.
Established in 2009, in the spirit of ”ideas worth spreading,” TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED.com videos, live speakers and performers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. Over 1,400 TEDx events occur annually around the world.
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