HOW DID A ONE-OFF CONFERENCE ABOUT TECHNOLOGY, ENTERTAINMENT AND DESIGN BECOME A VIRAL VIDEO PHENOMENON AND A WORLDWIDE COMMUNITY OF PASSIONATE PEOPLE?
TED was born in 1984 out of Richard Saul Wurman’s observation of a powerful convergence among three fields: technology, entertainment and design. The first TED, which he co-founded with Harry Marks, included a demo of the compact disc, the e-book and cutting-edge 3D graphics from Lucasfilm, while mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot demonstrated how to map coastlines using his developing theory of fractal geometry.
The first six TED Talks were posted online on June 27, 2006. By September, they had reached more than one million views. TED Talks are now popular. In 2007, TED relaunched their website around TED Talks. Additionally, this gave a global audience free access to some of the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders and teachers.