TEDx is not an Ideas-on-Wheels kind of volunteer work where you transport a prepared message. It means setting up your own mini-TED by doing everything from curating live speakers [and] lining up some talks to stream, to marketing, to getting sponsors, to screening attendees to renting a space and bringing in audio-visual experts.
“Some people think we’re crazy: why would you do something that you’re not getting paid for?” said Naomi Wynn, who produces TEDxCanberra in Australia, and whose full-time gig is working for the Australian government’s energy division, which she acknowledges is about as far from TED as you can get.
“But the rewards far exceed any hours that you put in, given the team you build, the people you meet. It’s a great way for you to have an awesome day job and then direct your creative energy in a completely different way. And just to be more experimental and expressive.”