We’re part of the global TED community, connecting with people from any discipline and culture who thirst for a deeper understanding of the world. At our events you'll be captivated (and hopefully, slightly uncomfortable) by cutting edge ideas discovering the connective tissue of our global community.
Mission & Vision
The TEDxSaltLakeCity mission, based on the TED mission, is to cultivate and circulate "Ideas Worth Spreading." Our vision for the future is to make TEDxSaltLakeCity the Wasatch Front's leading platform for citizens to present and explore their ideas, stories, and creative solutions. We hope to create not only a deeper understanding of the place we call home, but also an ongoing conversation among people and organizations. Our ultimate goal: to inspire action across our community resulting in an upgraded Salt Lake City that is a model for the world.
Dive into the dialogue with us and learn how Salt Lake City is playing big in the world of ideas.
A note from founder, Anna Decker:
Our curious culture
In March 2015, I joined nearly 500 TEDx organizers from around the world as we gathered in Canada to watch a week of mind-expanding TED talks on everything from moving to Mars to driverless cars, artificial intelligence to emotional intelligence. These talks stimulated countless hours of deep conversation about the future of our world. Social connection was strong from day one; most of us had never met before, but there were no "strangers" in the house.
One surprising element of that experience is something I’m also seeing in our fast-growing TEDxSaltLakeCity local culture: a brand new definition of “belonging” that is transforming the fabric of our community.
Traditionally, group connectedness comes from shared beliefs or behavior--similar age, hobbies, marital or socioeconomic status, neighborhood, religion, political views, academic or professional aspirations, etc. But not at TED.
What we share in common is curiosity.
We love new, bold ideas that challenge our current views of the world. Even if we don’t ultimately agree with those ideas, we accept and respect their existence. This means more tolerance of differences and more space for each individual to be exactly who they are without any pressure to conform to fixed social norms. Our only norm is exploration...of our solar systems, digestive systems, social systems and beyond. And the fundamental key to exploration is trust in oneself and one’s environment.
When a culture is based on curiosity, we can embrace failure and disagreement simply as movement and feedback in a dynamic, changing world. And when failure becomes something to embrace rather than avoid, an ineffable shift happens, one that must be experienced first-hand to be fully understood. That week in March was the most intellectual liberation I’ve ever experienced (and I just finished graduate school).
That’s TED culture. Global. Diverse. Tolerant. Antifragile. And above all, endlessly curious about everything!
This culture isn’t for everyone. But if you’re still reading I’d bet it’s up your alley, and I welcome you into this culture of curiosity that is spreading quickly through our “glocal” community.
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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations). Read more about TEDx events.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED's stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.