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Changing the world, spreading ideas

TED is founded on the belief that there is no greater force for world change than a powerful idea. Thanks to TED we are exposed to all kinds of ideas from the worlds smartest most inspiring people. TED is a non-profit brand that originally set out to bring three groups of people together: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since the company started in 1984 the scope has also been spreading.

Ideas Worth Spreading

TED’s mission is spreading ideas. The organization believes in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. TED’s site offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and is building a global community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. TED helps millions of people can gain a better understanding of the biggest issues of today’s world, and fosters a desire to help create a better future.

TED finds new ways of tackling tough global issues by leveraging media, technology, entrepreneurship, and most of all, ideas. TED’s future lies in giving publicity and support projects that help creating sustainable change in areas such as global public health, poverty alleviation, and biodiversity.

TED believes that there is no greater force for changing the world than a powerful idea because:

  • It can be created out of nothing except an inspired imagination.
  • It weighs nothing.
  • It can be transferred across the world at the speed of light for virtually zero cost.
  • When received by a prepared mind, it can have extraordinary impact.
  • It can reshape that mind’s view of the world.
  • It can dramatically alter the behavior of the mind’s owner.
  • It can cause the mind to pass on the idea to others.

The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED community’s exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, “One Wish to Change the World.” After several months of preparation, the winner unveils their wish at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact. Some of TED Prize Winners are Bono (2005), Bill Clinton (2007), and Jamie Olivier (2010).

 


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