I wish someone had told me” is a series of posts that feed into our inquisitive nature at CN&CO. Each week we hear from someone in our network about something interesting or surprising that’s recently happened or occurred to them – or lessons they learnt. These blogs are a way to pay it forward and form part of CN&CO’s belief that the world can be a better place – and we all have a responsibility to make it so. This week’s post is by Kurt Solomon

TED has been an acronym I have become familiar with over the years, especially because of my mate Carel Nolte who has attended a few live gatherings and has shared many epic stories about the conference, topics, speakers and the interesting people it brings. And so TED Talk Tuesday was born at CN&CO, which has become a weekly favorite on our CN&CO blog.

Enter TED Circles. “TED Circles is an open platform of small groups that meet for conversations about ideas. It is hosted by volunteers, of which CN&CO is one. These weekly or monthly gatherings empower us to dream and debate. Each TED Circle is unique and all are virtually connected through the TED Circles platform, making it possible for local conversations to reach a global scale.”

I attended my first TED Circle in March, which was hosted by Joshua Nuttal, our favorite digital and data geek. It was awesome, relaxed and informal, which was so refreshing. I got to meet (digitally) new faces, hear their opinions, and share thoughts and ideas collectively. The curated talks we watch also give such perspective.

“TED Talks open our minds, spark new ways of thinking, and can lead to some very interesting conversations. In May TED Circles had 237 active hosts with over 4000 guests – everyone who joined is a part of this bigger community that is sharing ideas and collaborating to help make the world better, more inclusive, and open to learning. So, thank you for joining our TED Circle.” says Josh Nuttall

CN&CO has hosted five TED Circles to date with the next one coming up in July. The theme is “Designing with humanity”.

Why dont you join on Wednesday the 15th of July at 4pm, you can sign up here: https://forms.gle/6ZRxTpFiC33VDvQy8