Who Is Ted? And Why Does He Talk So Much?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas worth Spreading.” It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, & Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, educator Salman Khan, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners.

Essentially what I’m saying is: you can’t discuss technology, entertainment, and design without noting some of these heavy hitters. That being said, you also shouldn’t walk onto Drexel University’s campus without having even the simplest knowledge of the aforementioned superstars.

TED is much more than famous names though. It is about passion, laughter, beauty, ingenuity and ideas capable of changing the world. TEDx events spark deep conversation and connections. They are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. According to TED these franchised events were “created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” As of 2010, some 750 TEDx events were scheduled to happen in over 60 countries.

So, no, TED isn’t a person. Nor is there a singular TED speaking excessively. But, there is a TEDx conference coming to Drexel University on Wednesday, May 16th and you’d be a fool to miss it.


Marina Lamanna

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