Short and sweet, TED (http://www.ted.com/) is absolutely fascinating...now individuals can propose and run their own independently organized TED event under the title TEDx(your location name).
From www.ted.com/tedx " In the spirit of "Ideas Worth Spreading," TEDx is a program that enables schools, businesses, libraries or just groups of friends to enjoy a TED-like experience through events they themselves organize, design and host. We're supporting approved organizers by offering a free toolset that includes detailed advice, the right to use recorded TEDTalks, promotion on our site, connection to other organizers, and a little piece of our brand in the form of the TEDx label.
I have already submitted a TEDx proposal and I am waiting to discuss my proposal with the TEDx representative.
Click HERE for a list of TEDx events from around the world
Click HERE for the TEDx sign-up page.