TED: Inspirational Speakers + Fellows Program

Posted by on March 20, 2009 in Education, Green, North America, Videos, World


Attention social entrepreneurs and change makers: if you have not heard of TED, then you’re missing out, really missing out.

TED, acronym for Technology, Entertainment, Design, started in 1984, is an annual conference hosting an array of scholars, thinkers and change makers who are moving our world forward, one speech at a time. Participants have included: Larry Page & Sergey Brin, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bono, Larry Brilliant, Doris Goodwin and Malcolm Gladwell. Below are three of our favorite talks:

Patrick Awuah- Educating African leaders

Hans Rosling- Debunking third-world myths with stats

Larry Brilliant- Stopping the next pandemic

We encourage you to take a half hour (heck, take a whole day because it’s worth it!) and listen to one or more of Ted’s inspirational speakers. With a wide range of issues, we’re sure you’ll find something which moves you.

TED Fellows Program

TED recently launched the TED Fellows program, which brings together young change makers from around the globe.  While the application deadline for the Long Beach conference has passed, they are still accepting applications for  TEDGlobal Oxford (due April 3, 2009), and TEDIndia (due April 20, 2009) conferences.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design)


  • Annual conference in Long Beach featuring speakers who seek to improve the world.
  • Organization Type: For-Profit
  • Website: www.ted.com
  • Founder(s):Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks
  • Founded:1984
  • Location:New York, New York, United States
  • Complete company list here

Image Source: ted.com


Erik is a perpetually curious social innovator. As a serial entrepreneur, Erik knows a thing or two about change. As a co-founder of SocialEarth, Erik hopes to channel his passion for social advocacy into an innovative venue of social awareness for others.

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