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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
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
In this episode, Cloe Shasha, Speaker Development Director at TED, details the wisdom she’s gained from preparing speakers for the TED stage. Listen in as Cloe and Jay discuss strategies about each step of the speaker development process— from the moment a talk is first read by the curation team to the time the final rehearsal takes place.
Here are a few standout moments:
2:25 - The role of the first and second reader of a talk
3:28 - A breakdown of the notes that are sent to speakers after they’re first confirmed
9:07 - A strategy for working with speakers who are reluctant to write their first draft
10:50 - An account of what happens during TED speaker rehearsals
16:16 - One approach to helping a speaker embrace their own natural style
19:02 - An idea about how a locally curated idea can reach a global audience
Feature quality science with David Biello: In this special edition episode of Solving for X, we have a guest host -- our director of Digital Media and Programming for TEDx! In a fascinating interview, TED science curator David Biello talks about curating science talks responsibly. Putting cutting edge science on your stage can be both exhilarating and intimidating -- so listen in as these two staff members share tips and wisdom that can be applied to the TEDx stages across the globe.
Here are some highlights:
3:28 - Tips on how to make esoteric science accessible
4:40 - David describes the process of drawing out the scientist’s passion
10:55 - An exploration of the shared social responsibility of curating health-related talks
18:51 - David shares his thoughts on how to utilize language that frames scientific findings with precision
21:08 - Words of encouragement for young curators who coach science experts
Jay and Robert, co-organizer of TEDxDresden, have an in-depth conversation about budgeting and ticketing for a large event. In this episode, Robert shares his experience managing event funds and finding practical budget solutions.
Here are some points of interest:
2:53 - Robert talks about how a completely new organizer can begin to think about their expenses
8:15 - A detailed walk through of how ticketing works at TEDxDresden
13:46 - A clever method for building excitement around purchasing tickets
16:44 - Ideas about how a TEDx team can approach sponsors to drive revenue for their event
Jay and Helen, the Head of Curation at TED, have an enlightening conversation about stage programming. In this episode, Helen reveals what element she believes makes TED and TEDx events so memorable.
Here are some highlights:
2:44 - The first question Helen thinks about when she begins to plan a conference
7:01 - The benefits of having subject specialists to assist the curation process here at TED
8:57 - Thoughts on how to enhance your audience experience by building a narrative
11:33 - Suggestions on naming sessions to stretch the imagination of attendees
13:05 - Helen talks about her philosophy on speaker selection process
Jay and Kelo discuss the purpose of volunteering. Listen as they share tips on how to maintain a team that is committed and connected to one another.
Here are some key points:
1:43 - What it means to Kelo to cultivate a culture of volunteering
6:33 - Ideas on how to build a volunteer base in your community
9:26 - The different sections that make up TEDxJohannesburg
11:33 - Guidance on how to instill trust in your team
15:33 - Advice for long-time organizers on how to keep your event (and yourself!) running for years to come
In our first episode, Chris Anderson, the Head of TED, and Jay Herratti talk about the significance of the curation process and how to focus on ideas that bridge gaps and shift perspectives. Here are just a few of the moments that stuck out to us:
2:03 - Practical ways to excite, inspire, and turn towards the future as a community
5:54 - How Chris recharges and stays motivated every year (and how we can do the same!)
7:35 - Chris reflects on how the TEDx journey has developed over time...