In this episode, Jay and Angela Cheng, Creative Director of Format Development at TED, have a conversation about creative strategies for producing remote talks. Listen in to hear Angela share tips for how to enrich your talk format by making thoughtful choices in remote production and curation.
1:41 - How TED talks are being redefined off stage to become more dynamic in a virtual setting
8:50 - A strategy to prepare speakers to record talks from home
10:49 - An example of a direct to camera talk from TED2020 and a walkthrough of how the TED2020 talks were produced
20:56 - Suggestions for visual elements that can make a talk more compelling
25:04 - The challenges of creating direct to camera talks and how to overcome them
28:25 - The future of direct to camera talks and how new formats can enhance the presentation of ideas
In this episode, Jay and Kelly Stoetzel, Head of Conferences at TED, talk about how to pivot from an in-person event to a virtual one— and how there are limitless opportunities for experimentation in a virtual landscape. Tune in to hear about the practical framework of TED2020 and how the team brought special moments of interaction to life!
2:09 - A description of the structure and programming of TED2020
4:52 - Methods of fostering virtual interaction
14:23 - How an event host’s role has shifted in the transition to virtual
20:23 - How music and interstitials add value to the attendee experience
25:09 -The challenges of TED2020 and the TED’s plans for the future
30:57 - How virtual events allow the flexibility and freedom to innovate
In this episode, Jay and Keita Demming, organizer of TEDxPortofSpain in Trinidad and Tobago, talk about curation strategy. Tune in to hear how the team amplifies ideas that challenge the status quo, spark debate, and lead to constructive conversations within the TEDx community and beyond.
2:27 - A description of the TEDxPortofSpain curation team
4:24 - The importance of speakers and ideas that challenge common perceptions
8:20 - Strategies for curating talks that are about political and taboo topics
12:19 - Tips on how to bring nuance to challenging conversations and focus on productive outcomes
14:19 - The matrix TEDxPortofSpain uses to prompt positive and forward-thinking conversations
19:02 - Thoughts on how to make your TEDx event welcoming for those who might be apprehensive
21:04 - Examples of talks from TEDxPortofSpain that are controversial yet powerful
This episode features Zebunisa Ahmed, the impact lead at TEDxGlasgow in Scotland. Zebunisa focuses on collecting stories and data to assess the impact TEDxGlasgow has on their local community, and on society at large. Tune in for methods that can help your team measure the impact your TEDx events have had already, and will have in the future.
2:00 - How the role of impact lead was created on the TEDxGlasgow team, and how it evolved
5:25 - A description of the research methods that can be used to capture stories and data
7:42 - A deep dive into the four areas the team explores when harnessing impact: the idea, society, economic, and the speaker
16:32 - Examples of how ideas from the stage have made a direct impact in the world
22:36 - Reasons why it is important to assess the impact of TEDx events
24:24 - How capturing and sharing impact can build stronger relationships with partners
In this special episode of Solving for X, Chris Anderson, Head of TED, talks through TED’s journey from the initial impact of the global crisis through to today - and beyond, reflecting on how TED is adapting and growing. Listen in for thoughts on how to transform your own TEDx strategy during a time of crisis.
2:28 - The realizations of the challenges the coronavirus pandemic would possibly create
7:00 - The recognition that TED’s ideology of ideas worth spreading extends beyond gathering in person
10:01 - A description of TEDConnects and its short-form programing
14:02 - The distinctive voice of TED and the crucial part it can play in creating impact and forward-thinking solutions
21:31 - Tips, suggestions, and ideas for TEDxers around the world to explore community engagement in the midst of the pandemic
29:32 - How to step up in the face of unforeseen circumstances and emerge as a mindful leader
This special edition episode of Solving for X celebrates you, the TEDx community. We asked organizers from around the world to share stories about how their TEDx events have impacted their local communities.
As we listened to each voice—from Caracas to Tokyo to Beirut—we were moved by the hard work and dedication each of you puts into this work.
These stories aren’t only about organizing an event, they are a reflection about why TEDx matters, and why all of you make a profound difference in the world. Thank you to each TEDxer featured for your wisdom and impact:
Florentina Niradewi, TEDxJakarta, Indonesia
Jacqui Chew, TEDxAtlanta, USA
Viiveck Verma, TEDxHyderabad, India
Gillian Cameron, TEDxToronto, Canada
Victor Becerra, TEDxCaracas, Venezuela
Kat Haber, TEDxVail, USA
Yusuke Suzuki, TEDxTokyo, Japan
Elena Crescia, TEDxSãoPaulo, Brazil
Javier Yunes, TEDxRosario, Argentina
Sara Sabai, TEDxHamraSalon, Lebanon
Raji Sarath, TEDxMunnar, India
Mats Lederhausen, TEDxChicago, USA
In this episode, Jay and Andrea Manticò, creative director of TEDxVicenza, discuss how to develop a design identity that creates a sensory experience. Tune in as Andrea provides a detailed walkthrough of TEDxVincenza’s process for building activations that deepen the connection between the attendees and the event.
1:50 - A transformative visual activation that can engage the emotions of your attendees
6:02 - The power of integrating sound as supportive material during TEDx talks
8:15 - How to incorporate the theme of an event into every design element
11:03 - A creative way to connect TEDx organizers by sharing recipes from around the world
13:17 - A step by step runthrough of TEDxVicenza’s graphic design process
16:54 - Solutions for how to create meaningful design elements on a shoestring budget
20:32 - How taking ownership of TEDxVicenza has been creatively liberating for the team
This episode features Jimmy Tan, organizer of TEDxGuangzhou (TEDxXiguan) in China. Tune in to hear Jay and Jimmy explore how TEDxGuangzhou creates a space where traditional and modern ideas can come together. Jimmy shares his thoughts on what the TEDx community can learn from TEDx events in China, and how the entire TEDx community can benefit from learning from connecting with each other.
2:42 - How TEDxXiguan empowers attendees to gather to talk about topics they are passionate about
7:40 - The significance of curating ideas that are deeply rooted in a community’s specific cultural context
9:09 - A breakdown of social media alternatives and how they are used within the TEDx community in China
14:02 - Tips for conveying the immense value of TEDx to potential partners
15:38 - A perspective about why TEDx events should start small and grow slowly
18:29 - How combining traditional and innovative ideas can lead to powerful discussion
In this episode, Jay and Dora Dzvonyar, organizer of TEDxTUM in Munich, Germany, discuss how to empower a TEDx team to problem-solve creatively and independently. Listen in to hear intuitive strategies for how to set expectations and build a team that is eager to experiment. Here Dora shares her story about radical delegation and how TEDx events around the world can benefit from distributing responsibility throughout the team.
5:11 - A breakdown of how to execute a week-by-week curriculum around the TEDx essentials
9:44 - How to set up a team that can creatively approach challenges
11:54 - The importance of having different perspectives when problem-solving
14:37 - How to communicate the value of discipline and clear goals while having fun
18:01 - An approach that long-time organizers can take to manage burnout
22:22 - The power of sharing resources with the TEDx Community
This episode features Jay and Nun Tansrisakul— the activation lead at TEDxBangkok. Listen in as they discuss how to embody the vibrant and diverse culture of your local community with activations that extend beyond the stage.
2:08 - The beautiful range of lifestyles within Bangkok
5:06 - How to unlock the full potential of an event by creating spaces for people to share their knowledge
9:19 - An innovative activation that engages the senses
11:17 - A method to help speakers collaborate on bringing their ideas to life
16:02 - Thoughts on how activations can be environmentally sustainable
25:42 - How the TEDx platform can be used to explore your personal creativity without limits
In this episode, Jay and Katy Yam, organizer of TEDxMontreal, explore the team’s democratic approach to speaker selection. Tune in as Katy details each step of their curation strategy, which is rooted in humility and trust.
4:13 - How broadening your curation team leads to unearthing diverse ideas
10:02 - Qualities to look for when recruiting new curators and volunteers
12:15 - A walk through of the speaker selection process
14:42 - The structure of TEDxMontreal’s selection committee and voting system
20:51 - How to maintain a democratic speaker selection process
23:20 - The importance of putting cultural diversity at the center of curation
In this episode, Jay and Bruno Giussani, TED's Global Curator, explore how to curate local ideas with global resonance. Tune in to hear Bruno share his perspective on curation — and how TEDx organizers can take a balanced approach when curating challenging topics.
1:25 - A definition of what it means to be a curator
3:26 - A story about an early event curator and his research strategy
7:10 - Timeless strategies for how to dive deep into the search for ideas
11:07 - The steps a curator can take from mapping ideas to bringing them on stage
14:04 - How to make global topics relevant to audiences around the world
17:30 - Thoughts on how to frame political and religious talks without pushing an agenda
21:08 - How to make sure a controversial topic is presented in a balanced way
In this conversation, Jay and David Rae, host of TEDxPortland in Oregon, discuss the essential elements of hosting a TEDx event. Tune in to hear David reveal tips about how to be composed and graceful on stage.
2:30 - The key to being a successful host
5:15 - An approach that can help the audience feel at ease
10:28 - Tips for how to memorize and prepare your hosting script
12:57- The contents of the TEDxPortland host toolkit
16:02 - How to overcome unexpected challenges during an event
22:37 - How bonding with the speakers leads to more authentic hosting
This episode features Ladan Wise, Deputy Director of TED Conferences team. In this conversation, Ladan shares TED’s detailed communication plan - before, during, and after an event. Listen in as the two explore how to foster a long-lasting connection amongst attendees.
2:36 - A description of the consistent voice that TED uses
4:53 - A walkthrough of how each event is marketed
7:56 - The strategy behind the timing of each weekly countdown email
12:12 - How clear communication can make an event more accessible
14:16 - How to create a seamless arrival experience for attendees
17:19 - A cure for the post-event TED-ache
25:21 - How each attendee can create their own customized experience
In this episode, Jay and Maryam Pasha, organizer of TEDxLondon, sit down to discuss the importance of giving a platform to people from varying demographics. Listen in as Maryam shares tools that can lead to a more inclusive event.
2:28 - A description of how TEDxLondon strives to reflect the diversity of the local community
7:04 - The approach TEDxLondon uses to set goals for representation
9:34 - A deep dive into the magical combination of the idea and lived experience
15:07 - A walkthrough of how to build a compelling speaker program
21:05 - Ideas about how to seek out underrepresented groups
23:02 - Thoughts on how TEDx events can challenge stereotypes
31:28 - An integral perspective on diversity as truth
Jay and Dmitri Gunn, organizer of TEDxCambridge in Boston, Massachusetts, walk through a creative model for partnerships that can be modified to suit any TEDx event.
2:13 - Context for the kinds of partnerships that exist at TEDxCambridge
4:44 - 4 steps to establishing a deal with a partner, beginning with prospecting strategies
5:34 - A description of the flat membership partnership model and how it works
9:20 - Tips about how to keep the flat membership model sustainable and democratic
15:47 - A step by step approach to pitching and closing a new partnership
22:18 - Insights on how to maintain partnerships year round
25:04 - The 4 primary ways partners benefit from attending a TEDx event
In this episode, Jay and Remo, organizer of TEDxSydney in Australia, take us through the spectacular journey of building an event from the ground up. Listen in as Remo and Jay detail the pivotal moments that contributed to the growth of TEDxSydney — and how every TEDx event can evolve alongside its local community.
1:37 - Insights on how the local community impacted the culture of the event early on
4:57- A narrative about how the event captured the essence of an evolving community
7:58 - A nontraditional approach to curation
9:37 - The secret to building demand for a TEDx event
11:11 - An in depth story about the transition into a larger venue
16:30 - The beauty of an ever-changing audience
20:20 - A walkthrough of the TEDxSydney attendee experience
23:31 - A radical approach to delegation
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In this episode, Mina Sabet, Director of Production and Video Operations at TED, provides a detailed walkthrough of the essential elements of audio, video, and lighting production. Listen in as Mina and Jay explore straightforward A/V strategies for events of varying sizes and budgets.
Here are some key points of interest:
3:28 - Suggestions about how to achieve simple and beautiful stage design
9:10 - An explanation of camera setup and necessary shots for TED in Vancouver
13:29 - A description of camera setup and shots for smaller TED events
14:48 - Recommendations for number of cameras and type of shots to get when on a budget
17:42 - Tips about how to obtain effective lighting
20:36 - A walkthrough of how to record the best audio possible
25:24 - A strategy for how to prepare speakers to work with the clicker
32:17 - Insights about post-production editing
Jay and Larissa, organizer of TEDxAlmaty, sit down to discuss fundamental elements of curation.
Larissa takes us on a journey from the start of TEDxAlmaty, all the way through to where the event stands today - and the values her team has used as a compass since day one. Listen in Larissa and Jay dive into how the team curates, and how each part of the process culminates in a spectacular experience for the audience.
Here are some highlights:
1:33 - Background on TEDxAlmaty and the uniqueness of the local community
4:47 - An insight about the impact of audience size on curation
10:37 - The approach TEDx Almaty uses to select speakers
13:55 - A perspective on how to measure integrity
19:44 - A strategy for giving the speaker a sense of ownership over their talk
21:04 - The challenge of reinventing a long-standing event
27:03 - Questions that the curation team asks to prompt speakers to dig deeper into their talk
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Jay and Safra, organizer of TEDxColombo in Sri Lanka, explore how she trains, sustains, and energizes her team. Listen in as Safra shares how she builds a team that is self-sufficient and prepared for succession.
Here are some key moments:
2:51 - The start of TEDxColombo and how it has expanded
4:36 - A description of Safra’s team structure and how the volunteers are recruited
8:01 - A timeline the steering team uses to plan for TEDxColombo
11:50 - A model for training new volunteers
17:15 - An outlook on preparing the team for succession