In late March, members of TEDx teams from seven Czech and Slovak cities — Bratislava, Brno, Hradec Králove, Kosice, Nitra, Prague and Znojmo — gathered together to hold the very first Czecho-Slovak TEDx workshop.

Attendees shared ideas, stories, and bonded over a shared goal to open up lines of communication between their communities and encourage their cities to be places where new ideas can flourish and grow.

The workshop has been a beginning of a closer cooperation of spreading TEDx ideas within a society where TED is known very little,” said TEDxBrno organizer Vlastimil Vesely. “And there will be more of us. Nachod and Kromeriz have recently got their TEDx licenses.”

TEDxHradecKrálové had their first spring event in early April, said Vlastmil, and TEDxBrno, TEDxBanskáBystrica, and TEDxPrague will hold their events in May.

Spring promises to be an exciting time for the Czecho-Slovak TEDx community, and we look forward to hearing the wealth of inspiring stories from their events.

Scenes from the 2012 TEDx workshop in Japan, which brought together nine TEDx organizers from events across the country — including TEDxFukuoka, TEDxKids@Chiyoda, TEDxOsaka, TEDxSapporo, TEDxTohoku, TEDxTitech, TEDxUTokyo, and TEDxSeeds — to discuss their experiences organizing TEDx events in Japan, collaboration opportunities, and the future of TEDx in the country in 5 to 10 years’ time.

From baby to toddler — the TEDx community matures, and continues to expand globally

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When over 300 people gathered on Sunday, February 24th at the Merv Griffin estate for what is now the 4th TEDx Workshop at TEDActive, not only did TEDx Director Lara Stein take a look back at the program’s amazing 2012 milestones — the TEDxSummit gathering in Doha, over 5,000 TEDx events and over 200 TEDx Talks on TED.com — but forward with a global community that has quickly grown “from baby to toddler.”

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I’ve always called myself a storyteller, so first I’d like to share with you some stories of my own TEDx:

My Co Organizer Joey and I met through TED, and now we are great friends. At that time, he just been made a TEDFellow for TEDGlobal 2010, and I found his information through TED.com and contacted him.

Last September, we started TEDxFactory798. We thought up a theme that intrigued both of us — Outsider Insider.  Joey is an American artist living in China, while I was a very recent graduate from international relations and had gotten immersed into questions like nationalism and identity a lot. We invited our friends to present their thoughts and stories over the theme.  It was so inspiring and after that, we wanted to continue this effort. The theme of our next theme will be around communication, based on our common query about languages, social media, political democratization, culture interaction, technology and media.

We want TEDxFactory798 to be a platform where people come to share their thoughts and engage with people afterwards.  

At the recent TEDx Organizer Workshop in Beijing on October 16th, 15 TEDx Organizers from Beijing and Tianjinn came together to exchange understanding of TEDx and share stories at the Scent of Book school courtyard in the Hutong area of Beijing.  

After Salome of the TED team gave a presentation about the TEDx rule and guidelines, each TEDx team gave a 5 minute presentation their event. We discussed and brought up challenges and solutions together. The most important message we gained from the workshop is: TEDx is not a brand. It’s about ideas and spirit. It’s about engaging with your local community. Rather than putting more emphasis on the quality and facility, more attention should be paid to the theme, speakers and audience.

Written by Ellen Cheng, the Co Organizer and curator of TEDxFactory798