Chris Anderson

In 2006 Chris made a move that would make TED an international sucess. He posted some of the TED talks on the internet for free. The videos bacame an internet sucess going viral. Anderson was encouraged by this success and once again shifted the focus of the organization. He now saw TED as a A global media company dedicated to "ideas worth spreading". By 2015 Ted had 2,000 talks posted online. In line with the idea of openess and spreading ideas the talks are posted online and available to viewers for free. The talks have been translated into over 100 languages mostly with the help of volunteers from around the world. TED's viewerships has continued to grow and is now around one billion views per year.

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In 2009 Anderswondecided to take his idea of openess even further with TEDx. TEDx offered free licenses to local groups that were interested in organizing a TED-like event of their own. Since 2009 there have benn over 10,000 TEDX events. These events have produced over 60,000 TEDx talks. The sucess of TEDx led to TED-ED in 2012. TED-ED is focused on providing free educational videos and tools to both students and teachers. Today there is also TEDMED wich focuses on recent medical innovations.

Not everyone loves TED talks though. Some critictscs have accused it of being elitist. According to Martin Robins of  NEWstatesMan the talks take an evangelical approach, "discarding the voice of scepticism and mindlessly parroting ‘fascinating’ ideas instead of challenging them".  Martin goes on to claim, Ultimately, the TED phenomenon only makes sense when you realise that it’s all about the audience. TED Talks are designed to make people feel good about themselves; to flatter them and make them feel clever and knowledgeable; to give them the impression that they’re part of an elite group making the world a better place. People join for much the same reason they join societies like Mensa: it gives them a chance to label themselves part of an intellectual elite. 

In  2016 Anderso publishe a New York Times bestseller TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. This book offers 
Chris Andersons tips on public speaking.

Chris Andersonhas been married to Jacqueline Novogratz since 2008. Jacqueline Novogratz an entrepeneur and author. She is the founder and CEO of Acumen. Acumen is an organization that has pioneered the concept of social impact investing and uses entrepreneurial approches to solving problems like global poverty. Together Chris and Jacqueline have three children together.  Their daughters are Zoe, Elizabeth and Anna. In 2010 The oldest daughter Zoe died from carbon monoxide poisoning she was 24 years old at the time.

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