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Broadcasting Your Idea Through TEDx

The goal: creating a local space for folks to share world-changing ideas.


What do you do if you have something really powerful to say, but no real plan for how to say it, and no one to say it to? You get involved with a TED organization in your community and craft a message that could change the world!

Emily Kennedy talks about her ideas on rescuing victims of sex trafficking

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks, 18 minutes in length or less. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) converged. Today TED Talks cover almost any subject you can think of. For example:

You get the idea. But these incredible TED talks don't just spring fully formed from the speakers' minds. They get the TED treatment, where members of the community share ideas and give support -- even critiques and feedback to help speakers craft the perfect talk.

And you don't have to be an award-winning professor or civil rights activist to participate. In fact, there's a good chance you have a local TED organization right in your own backyard - TEDx - which is the perfect platform to spread community-based, regional ideas that might even be featured on the global TED platform.

I got a chance to talk to the co-coordinator of TEDxPittsburgh to find out what it's all about:

To get involved in, support, or even start a local TEDx chapter, head to https://www.ted.com/tedx/events .

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