On Monday in Southern California, more than 1,000 students, educators and TED fans met for a first-of-its-kind gathering in a new program that marries TED’s values with local, community energy: TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.
On the program at TEDxUSC: a mix of TEDTalks and live speakers from around the community, including a few surprise guests (hello, Melissa Etheridge!). As one educator told TED’s Laura Galloway, “the campus tilted from all the students lined up outside of the auditorium.” The event was mounted by USC’s Stevens Institute for Innovation and supported in part by CNN. Some comprehensive and video-packed blog posts recap the event, including four reports from CNN.com’s SciTechBlog team (1, 2, 3, 4). Or capture the energy of the event on Twitter: TEDxUSC (link goes to Twitter search).
It was an inspiring, energizing program — and we’re hoping it inspires many more locally organized TEDx events, around the world. Want to get started? We’ve put together a comprehensive TEDx guide that helps you connect with TEDx resources, plan your event, and start sharing great ideas in your own community.