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.”

From the Upstart Business Journal article, “Are TEDx volunteers crazy? Yes, but in an entrepreneurial way,” by Teresa Novellino 
The TEDx community would be nothing without thousands of dedicated volunteers. TEDxTehran, the first TEDx event in Iran, recently honored these hardworking champions of ideas worth spreading with a nerdout-worthy infographic on the volunteers themselves, designed by team member Ladan Asemi. TEDxTehran’s very first event will be held this February, on the 14th.
Says TEDxTehran volunteer blogger, Suad Jafarzadeh:










Tehran is a growing metropolis of 12 million people who breathe life into the city with their creativity and innovation. The opportunity to come together with the dynamic and spirited cityfolk of Tehran is precisely why I decided to answer TEDxTehran’s call for volunteers.I was among twenty applicants selected for the interview process, all eager to help put together the first TEDx event in Iran and help spread compelling ideas that are born within the country.
…Volunteerism is an invaluable aspect of the global TEDx communities, and it is born from a collective need to share, exchange and promote ideas that can enhance our lives…With a team of thirteen selected volunteers with diverse backgrounds ranging from graphic designers and photographers to gold medal athletes and a professional chef, we plan to put Tehran on the global map of TEDx!

The TEDx community would be nothing without thousands of dedicated volunteers. TEDxTehran, the first TEDx event in Iran, recently honored these hardworking champions of ideas worth spreading with a nerdout-worthy infographic on the volunteers themselves, designed by team member Ladan Asemi. TEDxTehran’s very first event will be held this February, on the 14th.

Says TEDxTehran volunteer blogger, Suad Jafarzadeh:

Tehran is a growing metropolis of 12 million people who breathe life into the city with their creativity and innovation. The opportunity to come together with the dynamic and spirited cityfolk of Tehran is precisely why I decided to answer TEDxTehran’s call for volunteers.

I was among twenty applicants selected for the interview process, all eager to help put together the first TEDx event in Iran and help spread compelling ideas that are born within the country.

…Volunteerism is an invaluable aspect of the global TEDx communities, and it is born from a collective need to share, exchange and promote ideas that can enhance our lives…With a team of thirteen selected volunteers with diverse backgrounds ranging from graphic designers and photographers to gold medal athletes and a professional chef, we plan to put Tehran on the global map of TEDx!