Hosting TED Circles
Resources to help you get started
TED Circles are easy to host and flexible to your personality — simply gather a few friends, colleagues, or neighbors for discussions about the monthly themes.
We want to help you be a great host! Here's a video illustrating the three hosting steps. Further below are our five rules plus additional resources and ways to contact with our community.
Pick a theme-related TED Talk, register your event, and invite your guests.
Circles discuss one of three themes (monthly theme, Countdown, or Here and now), so pick a related TED Talk and register your event (multilingual forms provided). Then, invite your guests however you prefer.
To register an event, you must first be a registered TED Circles host.
Set up the space (in-person or online) and engage guests in conversation.
Enjoy doing what you do best, hosting! Arrange your space so guests are comfortable and you are prepared. Watch the talk (beforehand or at the beginning) and help guests equally engage in conversation (in your preferred language).
Circles typically meet for 1-2 hours with 3-30 people.
Schedule your next Circle and share event insights with fellow hosts.
Consistency builds community so schedule your next Circle (ideally for the following month)! Collaborate with fellow hosts via our online host community group to ignite a global conversation about the theme your Circle discussed.
Log into your host dashboard to access all of your Circles and host details.
Rules of engagement
2. Show off your TED Circles affiliation
3. Do it for public good
5. Focus on ideas
You all are the heartbeat of our community. The way you bring your passion, expertise, and guests together exemplifies how community and impact — our core values — are fostered through small group conversations about big ideas! We want to co-create the community with you and help you get to know each other. Please consider these connection opportunities:
Enjoy pictures of Circles around the world and a video of hosts sharing special reflections.