Robert Kennedy once said, “It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”
In the 21st Century, that belief could be most associated with TED talks, the nonprofit organization established in 1984 by Richard Saul Wurman.
The TED and TEDx events have become a powerful global community that has the ability to spread ideas faster than a wildfire. Take for example Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Foundation. The Khan Foundation has an incredible goal – to provide top-notch education for every child in the world for free. Prior to his speech at TED, Khan’s website had 6.9 million students. After, 140 million students participate in the courses. That is what we would call a ripple effect.