TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.
What began as a for-profit endeavor, in 1984, was sold in 2001 to Chris Anderson’s private foundation, devoted to leveraging the power of ideas to help make a better world. Since then TED has begun distributing its content online, free to the world at TED.com, and has introduced the TED Prize, in which three individuals each year are granted “one wish to change the world” which they reveal at the conference.
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share ideas worth spreading. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
Prospect Sierra School
Prospect Sierra is an independent K-8 school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nestled in the hills of El Cerrito on two campuses, Prospect Sierra provides an academically rich and rigorous curriculum grounded in the values of service, innovation, engagement, and curiosity to spark students’ passions, which they will continue to develop throughout their lives. Our community of faculty, staff, parents, and students work together in a spirit of respect and compassion. Together we strive to learn and apply what we learn to the greater world around us.
Each year, we award an Alumni Action Award to a youth leader, aged 14 to 22, who is taking creative steps to use “new ideas to solve old problems.”
Please visit us online at http://www.prospectsierra.org/.
The Greater Good Science Center
Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life.
The Greater Good Science Center is unique in its commitment to both science and practice; not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research on social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. We work to increase the well-being of society as a whole by providing pro-social tools and skills to the people directly responsible for shaping the well-being of others, and by creating environments that foster compassion, empathy and cooperation. With this integrated approach, we help nurture the positive side of human nature. For more information, please visit http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/.