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Announcing the TED-ED Brain Trust

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

As I’m guessing many of you are, I am a HUGE fan of TED Talks. “TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.” (description taken from the TED Website.)

I try to watch a TED Talk every day and find that doing this helps me develop program ideas for ADP. This is why I was delighted to learn that TED will launch an Education strand to its program offerings called TED-ED. TED-ED will collect videos devoted solely to innovations in education.

Do you have what it takes to give a “TED-ED Talk?” Join the TED-ED Brain Trust today! In my view, the most important innovation in higher education to come about in the last 20 years has been the civic engagement movement. Because you are part of this movement, you are uniquely positioned to talk about what you have learned and to share your expertise and best practices. For more information about how to apply, please see below.


“Every minute, three hundred new learners are born into this world. How can TED play a role in enriching the education of these individuals? How can TED enrich the education of the billions of learners around the globe? We need your help to answer these questions.

In a few weeks, TED will be launching an online forum. We’re calling it the TED-ED Brain Trust. We’re seeking the expertise of visionary educators, students, organizations, filmmakers & other creative professionals to guide, galvanize & ultimately lead this exciting new initiative.

To express your interest in joining the TED-ED Brain Trust, please click the button above to fill out the short form. To invite capable colleagues, please share this page. We will notify you when we launch the Trust.” (excerpt taken from the TED-ED website.)

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