TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. TED’s agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.
TEDxWilmington is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. TED.com is building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.
What is TEDx?
TEDx was created in 2009 in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” It supports independent organizers who want to create a TED-like event in their own community. The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like
At TEDx events, a combination of live presenters and TED Talk videos spark deep conversation and connections at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a license granted by TED.
Over the years, TEDx events have evolved into microcosms of their local community, each event piecing together its own brand and identity.
Since 2009, more than 50,000 people have shared their ideas on TEDx stages in nearly 180 countries. The ideas are shared on a special YouTube site as well. Since 2009, more than one billion people have viewed TEDx talks.
Over the years, TEDxWilmington, has grown, over the years, from one annual event to seven events in 2016 including the annual TEDxWilmington Conference and six separate TEDxWilmingtonSalons. All TEDxWilmington events in 2016 are produced by Magic Dust, LLC, under the direction of Ajit Mathew George who serves as the Executive Producer and sprinkles magic dust to make sure each event is very special. Over 50 people have volunteered to be part of the 2016 TEDxWilmington Tribe. We invite creators, catalysts, entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, designers, scientists, thinkers and doers to share at this all day conference what they are most passionate about – positive ideas for the world and Delaware. See All Speakers.
Ajit George was granted the TEDx license in the fall of 2011 to organize the very first TEDxWilmington on August 9, 2012 at the Delaware Art Museum. TEDxWilmington 2013 was held on August 8 with a full-day program at World Cafe Live at the Queen.
TEDxWilmington 2014 and TEDXWilmington 2015 were both a full day of programming on August 6, 2014 and October 28, 2015 at the World Cafe Live at the Queen. Between 2014 and 2015, we organized three TEDxWilmington Salons, the first of which was held on November 19, 2014 at OperaDelaware and the second one on March 13, 2015 at Winterthur Museum Gallery. The third TEDxWilmington Salon was held on July 31st at Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution. More about TEDxWilmington Salons.
Meet Our Team
Ajit Mathew George is a serial entrepreneur, creative marketer, philanthropist, gastronaut, wine aficionado, dream catcher & certified Dream Builder Life Coach. He has been organizing TEDx events since he was granted a license by TED in 2011.
TEDx Associate Producer
Rhianon Husmann is a Freelance Graphic Designer and illustrator who has a serious passion for art and creativity. She joined TEDxWilmington in 2015 and loves bringing Idea’s Worth Spreading to Wilmington.
TEDx Web Development
Alex Platt is a small business consultant who loves helping people improve and automate processes so they have more time to do the things that excite them. Like running their business or attending TEDx events!
TEDx Public Relations
Dana Dobson is CEO of Dana Dobson Public Relations, a Wilmington-based boutique PR firm that helps businesses with creative publicity strategies and the writing of compelling, persuasive content. She is the creator of the PR Breakthrough™ Publicity online workshop series, and host of the Media Pro Spotlight, a podcast featuring interviews with top media talent.
TEDx Social Media
Ken Grant has been working in Delaware media, politics, and marketing for more than 25 years. Ken is known as a strong advocate for the city of Wilmington, non-profit organizations, artists, and entrepreneurs. Ken values communication, ideas, and community.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Laurie Zerumsky is fundraising & nonprofit professional who also loves all things social media. Now a Wilmington resident, Laurie has been watching Ted Talks for years and is thrilled to be a part of the Tribe! She firmly believes that laughter is the best medicine and red wine is delicious.
Bob Turner is a Senior Learning Specialist at the oldest (founded in 1832) and largest locally managed bank and trust company headquartered in Wilmington. He uses TED Talks to showcase Ideas Worth Spreading in his leadership classes.