TEDx regional workshops, organized and attended by TEDx organizers, provide an opportunity for those who have organized a TEDx event to come together to discuss best practices and ideas for the TEDx community in their region.
What is a TEDx regional workshop?
The first-ever regional workshop, the TEDx Asia Organizers Workshop, brought 20 organizers from various countries throughout Asia to the Great Wall of China. This event sparked various TEDx collaborations in that region, beginning a new TEDx initiative centered on TEDx community members' shared goals.
Since then, we’ve been supporting TEDx organizers across the globe to take a leadership role in their community by organizing workshops for other organizers in their region.
Organize your own workshop
Depending on your ambition level and funding, your TEDx regional workshop could be city-wide, country-wide — or even for an entire continent. It can be a half or full-day gathering, or a multi-day experience.
If you’re interested in planning a workshop, please reach out to the TEDx team at firstname.lastname@example.org to share the details of what you are planning. Here are the steps you should take:
- Define its scope - What best defines the region from which you want others to participate? The region can be small or large. (Large might mean "Scandinavia"; small would mean "Copenhagen.")
- Choose a workshop name - The general convention for a workshop's name is TEDx [city/region] Regional Workshop e.g. "TEDx Southeast Asia Regional Workshop."
- Set a date, time and venue - Decide on an appropriate date and time that will work for the TEDx organizers attending, as well as a venue that can foster your group and creative conversations!
- Draft an invitation and let TED help send it out - Draft an invitation email to your proposed attendees. This should give an overview of what's planned at the workshop, while making it clear that the workshop is collaborative. Send the invitation to TED and we can send it out to all of the organizers in the designated region on your behalf. A TED staff member may attend!
- Get in touch with organizers who respond - Help organizers attending with any questions they might have leading up to the regional workshop.
What your regional workshop should look like
Workshops should foster a collaborative spirit among the TEDx organizers who attend; there should be no sense of hierarchy.
Please find best practices and guidelines in the TEDx Regional Workshop Handbook.
Highlights from past regional workshops
March 2013: Egyptian organizers workshop
Organizer: Amr Elsheikh of TEDxTanta.
Over 30 TEDx team members, from 20 different events across Egypt came together to discuss everything from hiccups faced by new organizers to the roadblocks that halt even the most seasoned TEDx’er. As workshop organizer Amr Elsheikh of TEDxTanta said, “With each team talking about how they faced problems squarely and managed to create a respectable event by their own ways and solutions, everyone got to learn a new way to solve potential problems."
December 2012 — Sudan workshop
Organizer: Anwar Dafa-Alla, TEDxKhartoum
During the workshop, presentations were given by the TEDxKhartoum core team to more than 75 attendees, representing all licensed TEDx events in Sudan. The workshop also included presentations on how to translate TEDx Talks through the universal subtitling program, Amara, and tips on venue selection, event planning, organization, social media, and video production.