Snapshots of TEDxKids@Chiyoda, a TEDxKids event in Tokyo, Japan.
TEDxKids@Chiyoda brought over a hundred youngsters to the Chiyoda-Ku district of Tokyo for a day of talks, performances, and activities. The event was brimming with great ideas, but here are just a few highlights:

  • TED Talk subtitles in kid-friendly Japanese: "As many Japanese kids doesn’t speak English yet," organizer Ryuta Aoki said, "and many Japanese subtitles for TED Talks are too difficult for kids to understand, we made subtitles for kids and used them for TEDxKids@Chiyoda. The translation team got a lot of words of thanks from participants, especially their parents."
  • Live Japanese sign language interpretation: The event was streamed online with Japanese sign language interpretation, so that hearing-impaired kids and adults could join in on the action.
  • A giant cardboard stage set: TEDxKids@Chiyoda’s design team created an over-sized table, chair, hat, shoes, and even a muffler made completely out of cardboard for a stage that even grown-ups couldn’t help but be wowed by.
  • The TEDxKids@Chiyoda Kids’ Talent Search: The TEDxKids@Chiyoda team sent out a call for hopeful speakers before the event, eventually receiving over 10,000+ hits to its social media, and, in the end, two talented youth speakers — recipients of hearty applause on the big day.

Happy 4th Birthday, TEDx! Looks like you can have your cake and eat it, too.

imageTEDxSamsung celebrates TEDx’s fourth

TEDx is now 4! This past Saturday, March 23, TEDx celebrated this milestone with a global birthday party, convened by TEDx organizers, volunteers, and fans worldwide. There were cakes, candles, wishes and even a kite or two — all paired with enough enthusiasm to last another 4 years and beyond. 

With 6,417 events in 149 countries and 1,777 cities over the past 4 years, and now over 25,000 talks online, the TEDx program would be nothing without its ever-expanding network of dedicated and hard-working volunteers.

So, take a moment and toast them and 4 years of TEDx with a selection of favorite sweet treats from TEDx’s 4th:

imageTEDxGolfLinksPark in Bangalore, India made TEDx a very impressive birthday cake — with sprinkles!

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Ideas and action in the desert: the TEDx Workshop at TEDActive

imagePhoto: Michael Brands

Every year, 700 curious and energetic leaders share an immersive week of TED Talks and experiences designed to inspire conversation, exchange and immediate action around ideas worth spreading at TEDActive in Palm Springs.

Among this group of wild and crazy changemakers are many, many TEDx organizers, who come together from all corners of the globe to take part in the annual TEDx Workshop at TEDActive. Here, organizers from almost every continent share ideas, food, conversation, and probe the minds of several brave TED staffers.

imageTED’s Kelly and Rives open the 2012 workshop. Photo: Michael Brands

Activities at this workshop include brainstorms organized by region; presentations by organizers on all the amazing things happening at TEDx events dotting the map — in places close to or thousands miles away from Palm Springs; sessions on  TEDx need-to-knows; and Q&As with and presentations by official TED staff.

imagePhil Klein of TEDxRanier raises a hand to ask a question. Photo: Michael Brands

Last year, over 250 TEDx organizers, from over 45 countries, gathered in the desert to envision the future of TEDx and the power of the collective TEDx community.

imageTEDx organizers use umbrellas to shade themselves from the desert sun during a brainstorming session. Photo: Michael Brands

One attendee, Areej Mehdi of TEDxKinnaird in Lahore, Pakistan, said of her experience at TEDActive in 2011:

It is perhaps, only at TEDActive that you can be inspired all ‘round the clock—an entire five days…The sense of rejuvenation that I felt as I came across the hard work and effort so many people are putting into their TEDx events all over the world is humbling and awe-inspiring to say the least.”

imageTEDx’ers explore the natural landscape of the Coachella Valley in Palm Springs. Photo: Michael Brands

The power of the TEDx Workshop lies in the power of TED — sharing ideas worth spreading — and when TEDx organizers come together, amazing ideas are spread — from culture to culture, community to community. Or as, Saad Hamid, TEDxMargalla organizer, puts it, “What’s the x in TEDx? Many ask…I believe that x is the mystery ingredient found in all TEDx organizers around the world. It is what encourages them to create marvels within their community, discover and present new ideas, and create a long-lasting change — all at no cost.”

imageOrganizers share a meal and conversation at the Sunnylands estate at the end of the day. Photo: Michael Brands

So, with February and TEDActive (February 25 - March 1, 2013) soon approaching, it is only a matter of weeks until the sea of good ideas comes from the intrepid and dedicated TEDx’ers descending onto the desert, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.