The top secret invisible global netowrk of do-gooding distributed invention (you’re in it). TED was founded in 1984. The annual TED conference brings together the world’s leading thinkers and doers to share ideas that matter in a variety of disciplines — technology, entertainment, science, humanities, business, art, design. Short talks, demonstrations and performances are given by hand-picked beacons of inspiration, and all volunteer their time and expertise for no money. They do it for the experience, for the TED name, and for the chance to be heard and share their passion. In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.