February 26 2016
By Kristoffe Biglete

If you are visiting this page, you have probably heard of us, but are perhaps still wondering who we are, what exactly we do and how we work… Great! Because at TEDxCopenhagen, we like curious minds! Here is our attempt to answer your questions:

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). 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. Find out more here: ted.com

What is TEDxCopenhagen?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. We’re a non-profit organisation of volunteers that independently plans and organises TED-like conferences and experiences in Copenhagen. At a TEDxCopenhagen event you’ll experience live speakers combined with TED Talks videos that spark deep conversations and connections around a multitude of ideas.

What is the ambition of TEDxCopenhagen?

TEDxCopenhagen was created as a platform to gather bright and inspiring people at live events in Copenhagen with the aim of spreading ideas both locally and with the rest of the world – as recorded TEDx Talks made available on Youtube. Each live event aims to imbue the audience with ambition and inspiration to take action and to share ideas beyond the confines of the event venue.

How does TEDxCopenhagen work?

All the people working with TEDxCopenhagen are volunteers. For each event, we draw on the talent and energy of the TEDxCopenhagen community. More specifically, volunteers work in teams to organise different aspects of an event: Curation, Communication, Experience, Production and Partnerships. For each event we welcome new team members and new ideas around event planning and production.

TEDxCopenhagen has also created a board of, currently, 8 people advising and assisting the event teams in their planning efforts. The board members are all volunteers with experience from organising TEDxCopenhagen events and have, as their primary goals, the continuous mobilisation of the local TEDx community as well as the on-going development of the TEDxCopenhagen platform.

Who is behind TEDxCopenhagen?

The volunteers behind TEDxCopenhagen come from a multitude of backgrounds including communication, design, event planning and finance. Many are students, some are entrepreneurs but all are passionate about spreading ideas in the spirit of TED. The current TEDxCopenhagen licensee is Ronni Tino Pedersen. He has been a member of the board since 2011 and headed curation at previous events. Other members of the board are Louise Vendelbo Mogensen, Michael Max, Monika Prokop, Tine Stevnhoved, Marie Louise Gørvild, Tobias Hoff and Andreas Borre.

How did it all start?

TEDxCopenhagen was founded in 2009. Some friends from a communication agency decided to apply for a TEDx license. Under the leadership of Lærke Ullerup, they organised the first TEDx events and experiences in Copenhagen. Lærke Ullerup passed on the license to Ronni Tino Pedersen in 2014.

Over the years, TEDxCopenhagen has organised a variety of community events and larger live events on various themes such as Movement, Breaking Currents, Green Natives, Mirror Mirror, Mobility and Inspire Learning.

How is TEDxCopenhagen funded?

Expenses surrounding event practicalities (e.g. venue and equipment) are funded through ticket sales, in-kind donations and sponsorships. Everyone involved in TEDxCopenhagen – from board members to event teams and speakers – are volunteers, working passionately without pay.

TEDxCopenhagen is a non-profit organisation meaning that any profits left over from events are put to use building and nursing the TEDxCopenhagen community and spreading ideas.