Mission & Vision

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED was founded in 1984 on the belief that the power of ideas would lead to a change of attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. 

The mission is simple: Ideas Worth Spreading.

TED began as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics, in more than 100 languages – from science to business to global issues.  It is now a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture, who seek a profound understanding of the world.

This exponential growth has spread deep into local communities, giving every day people the chance to get involved closer to home.  This is how TED expanded to embrace the wider TEDx community.

What is TEDxAmsterdamWomen! 

TEDxAmsterdamWomen aims to organize events in Amsterdam that provide people with the stage to inspire with original ideas: ideas that support women in society and the workplace, with the long-term purpose to increase equality of all aspects. 

This change can not be created by one person alone, but it happens because people see how others are starting to put their ideas into action.  This inspires others to create new ideas and make more changes.  Our stage is the place where this awareness starts and step by step, together, we will achieve our equality goals.

We are a team of professional and motivated women and men who dedicate their free time and energy to make a difference with the help of our sponsors.  Working together, we support each other, promoting ideas to support you, the public, to live in a more equal and balanced environment.

TEDxWomen is a global US lead annual conference that specifically focuses on the unique way in which women contribute to global change and thus help to reshape the future. 

In December 2010, Amsterdam hosted one of the first TEDxWomen events in the world, and as an independent local affiliate of this group, it became known as TEDxAmsterdamWomen. 

Since then, TEDxAmsterdamWomen has produced and delivered a stunning and inspiring conference every year, bringing forth well-known and critically acclaimed speakers such as Mei Lin Ang, Steve McCurry, Mariéme Jamme, Harriette Verweij, Naomi Feil, Sarah Britton, Corrine Vigreux, Olivia Bee, Lex Peters, Kelly Cutrone, Paul Zak, Marieke Eyskoot, Bénédicte Ficq and Lauren Zander. 

TEDxAmsterdamWomen events are not subsidized and are run on the enthusiasm of our sponsors and volunteers.

We invite you to read more about TED, TEDx, TEDxWomen and especially TEDxAmsterdamWomen. Find out more about how you too can be part of this campaign for change.