About – TEDxULM
About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TED.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.

These local, self-organized e vents are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.


TEDxULM will be an intellectual and creative platform which would highlight Monroe’s proud history. It will encourage ULM affiliates as well as the extended community of northeast Louisiana to give a voice to their unspoken ideas, some of which have the potential to impact similar communities at a global level. It will be a platform to share locally brewed ideas and spark interesting discussions about unexplored perspectives.

The theme “Coloring Outside the Lines” is primarily about creativity with no boundaries. It encourages the use of innovative thoughts and ideas in order to create something extraordinary and expand the universe of the mind. It comes from the observation that most impactful ideas have been unconventional. To solve a global or communal problem or to bring about change, a person has to “think outside the box” even if faced with social or personal scrutiny.

The trailblazers who color outside the lines often go unnoticed, especially in smaller communities. We want to uncover these trailblazers of Monroe and the surrounding areas, who will share their stories and insights regarding the stimulating theme.