Being a part of the TEDx ecosystem is the truest form of community service I can imagine.



Being a part of the TEDx ecosystem is the truest form of community service I can imagine.

  • What causes someone to want to spend 1000 hours a year producing a TEDx event?
  • How do you go about building a team of volunteers that share your enthusiasm for the mission of TEDx?
  • Where do you find speakers with interesting ideas to bring to the red circle?

I've been attending TED since 1993 and have co-produced several TEDx events in Santa Barbara since 2010. We've celebrated 85 speakers with a combined total of over 12.6 million views of their talks on YouTube.

The image on the left is from my talk at TEDxFargo in front of 2,300 people. Typically I am behind the scenes and this experience was transformational for me, in that I have the deepest empathy for speakers and now know how to coach organizers about speaker development and prep from a personal perspective.

Each year, at our own event TEDxSantaBarbara, we have the opportunity to implement what we've learned from other organizers at places like TEDSummit and TEDFest.

In 2017, I started a podcast called, Hacking The Red Circle It debuted with interviews from every continent, including Antarctica. These podcasts are full of tips and tricks that I'm able to implement and share with our team at TEDxSantaBarbara and the other TEDx events where I'm a mentor.

"Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change."

~ Brene Brown, TED Speaker
  • In the years I’ve been involved with TEDx, one thing that impresses me is the quality of the people involved. I’ve learned a great deal from them, and many have become friends. I met Mark Sylvester through TEDx and grown to consider him a friend. He, too, recognizes the incredible people involved and has developed the podcast series “Hacking the Red Circle” to share their stories. Even after curating more than two dozen TEDx events, I still learn something from each interview and seek to apply what I’ve learned to make our events better.

    Dr. Randall Bretz TEDxLincoln, TEDxYouth@Lincoln, TEDxLincolnWomen, TEDxLincolnSalon