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New guidelines for TEDx organizers!
(resource from TED staff Phil Klein)
Speaker Second Curation
To ensure that your event is presenting new ideas and
1. Find talks by searching for speciﬁc ideas FIRST!
2. !Finding the most appropriate person to present on
This is opposed to brainstorming a list of interesting projects
or people and hoping they have a new idea. We call this
“idea ﬁrst, speaker second!" curation or "active" curation.
Since it's the job of the curation team to present new or
fantastic ideas, you exert the most control over curation
when you come up with the ideas for talks yourselves.
Audience should not be able
to anticipate what the next
talk will be.
Diversify your event, not just with different
disciplines and subject matter, but with different
kinds of idea-based talks. Your event should be
as wide in scope as a TED conference. Your
audience should be surprised and delighted by
the variety of subject matter.!
List of Talks
Dazzle with wonder
A.The big idea -- The talks where they make one or two very
strong point and it’s important. (Ken Robinson, Liz Gilbert,
B.The tech demo -- An onstage look at some clever new
C.The performance -- Music, dance, magic, puppetry, etc.!
D.The artist statement -- an artist showcases their art and
explains why they do it.!
E.The dazzle with wonder -- These talks that are mainly about
amazing with discovery. (David Gallo, David Christensen)!
F.The small idea -- No BIG, world-changing ideas but a very
engaging talk on an interesting topic. (Bonnie Bassler, Mary
Roach, Joe Smith, Charlie Todd.) This is an important category!!
G.The issue talk -- These talks expose an issue to your
audience that they may have never heard of. (Rose George)
come out of a TED/TEDx talk with
new knowledge about an idea, not
information about the speaker.
Help your speakers to develop their talks. It is hard to
write an engaging talk that clearly focuses on a speciﬁc
idea - if your speaker gets too general, off topic,
personal or writes a talk that focuses more on their
personal opinions rather than a new idea/research, help
them ﬁx their talk before you begin ﬁnal rehearsals.
Cut any speaker that doesn't
agree to your methods!
You don't need many speakers, and you only want
speakers who you can guarantee will give an
interesting talk on a new idea. You cannot do this
if they don't rehearse with you. More is not better.