TEDxGöteborg is run by a team of volunteers. We come in all ages, nationalities, and professions.
What brings us together, and the reason we dedicate our spare time to TEDxGöteborg, is our passion for ideas worth spreading.
We are curious
We welcome different viewpoints
We see change as a good thing
We are intrigued by the unexpected
Our mission is to create memorable TED-like events in Gothenburg, where people can meet and exchange ideas. We dare to say that TEDxGöteborg is a source of inspiration; that encourages people to connect, create, share, and care. In the long run, our vision is to establish TEDxGöteborg as the most interesting and unique meeting platform in the region, were people from different backgrounds and professional areas meet on a regular basis, with the single aim of sharing and developing great ideas. To sustain and reinforce the positive development of TEDxGöteborg, we need the crucial support and collaboration of long term partners, interesting people who are willing to share their ideas, and a strong, open community of people who want meet others – to inspire and be inspired.
How it all started
In 2008, Carl Ternstedt stumbled upon TED Talks online, and was intrigued by the clear and appealing format. ͞The topics were wildly spread, but they all focused around a new idea, thought, invention, or a life-changing personal experience. There was no commercial, political, or religious agenda and the talks were maximum 18 minutes long. In other words, very easy to grasp and digest͟. With all the exciting research carried out in the region, and the open innovative climate, Carl saw the potential for this type of event meeting platform in Gothenburg. When TED created the TEDx concept, where x stands for ͞independently organized TED event͟, only a year after Carl first saw a TED Talk, it was time for action. Together with several friends, and the support of some companies within the event business, the first TEDxGöteborg event was held in Eriksberghallen in November 2009, livestreaming the eleven talks with an audience of 100 people. ͟When suddenly, during the event, we got a tweet asking us to lower the streaming quality –apparently the image hacked in Nepal – we realized the immense power of the TED network and the massive global interest in ideas worth spreading͟. To date, TEDxGöteborg has hosted eleven events, where a total of more than 100 speakers have inspired and engaged close to 3,000 people. In addition, our online talks have been viewed more than 5.5 million times.
We organize our work in four teams:
Speaker team – Anyone with an interesting, original idea can become a TEDxGöteborg speaker, and it is the speaker team’s job to find the candidates. Both professional speakers and complete newbies to the stage are considered – it is all about the idea. All selected speakers are assigned a speaker coach, to ensure well prepared performances, true to the TED format. The team supports the preparation, and helps the speakers convey their message in an inspiring and engaging way. The speaker team is also responsible for selecting interesting TED talks to be streamed at the events.
Production team – It is not enough finding interesting speakers and streamed talks. There is a lot of logistics around the events, and this is the production team’s responsibility. The team ensures that everything is in place for the events; including venue, equipment, catering, decorations,event schedule, and of course greeting our guests and making you feel welcome.
Partner team – Even though TEDxGöteborg is a team of dedicated volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to pull this together, without the support of our partners. The partner team seeks to form collaborations with companies and organizations that want to support our values and mission, while reinforcing the regional innovative climate, finding new partnerships, and simply being part of the future.
Marketing team – Last, but not least, we need you – the TEDxGöteborg community – to know that we exist. This is the marketing team’s task. Through social media, our web, and via partners, we remind you of the ideas that have already been shared within the community, and make sure you know about the events coming up. Welcome!
Types of events
TEDxGöteborg hosts four types of events: Salon event with streamed talks, Salon event with live speakers, Main event, and TEDx Live event.
At all our events, we encourage everyone attending to talk to at least one new person. The talks –streamed and live ones – should of course serve as a source of inspiration, but the interaction with your fellow spectators is just as important.
Who knows what ideas might come to life with the help of a little interaction with a stranger?
At a TEDxGöteborg Salon event with streamed talks you will watch two to four streamed TED talks on a specifically selected topic, and be guided to discuss related questions in small groups.
A TEDxGöteborg Salon event with live speakers involve – as the name may give away – one to four speakers, giving their talks live on stage. At these occasions, we also stream TED talks, and facilitate discussions within the audience.
The TEDxGöteborg Main event is normally a full day packed with live speakers ranging from your next door neighbor to world-famous scientists, performances, guided sessions to discuss ideas and make new acquaintances, streamed TED talks, meetings with our partners, and other surprises.
A TEDxGöteborg Live event is a chance to experience an official TED Conference, without crossing the Atlantic, from the comfort of your local movie theatre.
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.