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.)
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 is held each year in Oxford, UK. 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 organize independent, TED-like 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.
About Ashoka U
Ashoka U is the university division of Ashoka. Since co-founding the University Network for Social Entrepreneurship in 2005, Ashoka U has been at the forefront of the academic field of social entrepreneurship. Ashoka U supports Ashoka’s vision of an “everyone a changemaker world” by working with colleges and universities to foster an enabling environment where every individual has access to the resources, learning opportunities, role models, and peer communities needed to actualize their full potential as changemakers.
Ashoka is the largest association of social entrepreneurs in the world – men and women with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since its founding in 1980, Ashoka has provided start‑up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network of more than 2,500 leading social entrepreneurs – elected as Ashoka Fellows – in 70 countries. Working with these social entrepreneurs, Ashoka builds communities of innovators who work together to transform society and design new ways for the citizen sector to become more entrepreneurial, productive, and globally integrated.
The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution with a long commitment to social change, and a consistent vision of preparing ethical leaders who are brave, innovative, compassionate, and globally-competent. USD public purpose and collaborative approach is articulated through multidisciplinary pedagogy, research pushing the frontiers of knowledge and high impact service, in which every person on campus is challenged to reach out with talent and time to engage in the community.
As an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, USD cultivates an ecosystem to generate knowledge for the good of society and to educate the next generation of competent change agents. For this purpose USD has launched innovative, multidisciplinary, socially-minded curricula and co-curricular programs enabling participants to unleash their potential for changemaking. Essential components to these programs are: deep individual reflection, the development of empathy and the capacity to integrate knowledge. The university emphasizes experiential learning inside and outside the classroom, locally and abroad, to enable students to become responsible decision makers and creative problem solvers.
In 2011, the Changemaker HUB was launched as a campus-wide manifestation of USD’s commitment to its mission, vision and values. The Changemaker HUB is responsible for offering mechanism for collaborations across different units, schools, and the wider community to deepen USD’s efforts in contributing to build more sustainable and socially just societies.
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