Do try this at home
Ideas worth spreading need to be spreadable. That’s the theme for this year’s TEDxDelft event, Do try this at home.
Do try this at home will feature the inspiring talks TED and TEDx is famous for but with a practical twist. Speakers will discuss concepts which can be implemented in everyday life, encouraging attendees to take these ideas home and add value of your own.
After the success of last year’s event, Never Grow Up, we wanted to find a topic which was equally inspiring yet with a more hands on approach. Along the lines of Never Grow Up, Do try this at home promotes curiosity and wonder while emboldening attendees with pragmatic ideas. The ability to make changes in the world should be accessible to every person and our goal is for attendees to leave with the basis for instituting change in their own lives.
The theme draws heavily from the city of Delft and what it represents. As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was Delft. The history of the city was developed in incremental steps over hundreds of years. We were inspired by the process of building something great out those steps.
The population of Delft, especially the university, has a reputation for “MacGyvering”. The concept refers to the popular 1980s TV show featuring secret agent Angus MacGyver who was known for his resourcefulness, using household items to defuse bombs and pick locks. We see students everyday finding resourceful ways to solve problems in their academic life and we want our theme to highlight the talents of our community.
Do try this at home will combine the best of TED and TEDx with the best of Delft.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxDelft, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxDelft event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal 2011 is held in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.