Chances are that you’ve already heard of TED, most probably by watching a TED Talk. TED is a non-partisan non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. 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 110 languages.

TEDx events were added in 2009 as a licensing format for local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. All the talks given at a local TEDx are filmed and posted onto the TED platform, providing a unique opportunity to shine a global spotlight on ideas from our community.


In 2019, Sherborne will organise its inaugural TEDxSherborne. Local resident and social entrepreneur Tony Cooke has been granted an initial one year license to stage our very own TEDx, which will create a platform for bringing the community together to share ideas about how we ensure we stay ‘fit for the future‘.


Fit for the Future

Sherborne is an ancient rural market town community facing similar challenges to many others around the world. It is also a centre of excellence in secondary education, with a cluster of outstanding private and state secondary schools in and around the town. We therefore share the responsibility and privilege of meeting the dual challenges of preparing both our place and people – especially our young people – for the future coming over the horizon.

In other words to be ‘Fit for the Future’.

TEDxSherborne will provide a unique opportunity to explore these dual challenges by bringing an invited audience of up to 100 people together from across our community to share and discuss ideas.