Maybe it's just a better term than "lecture." Whatever the key to success, TED talks have caught on all over the world. We even have a "TED Radio Hour" on our weekend schedule.
The smaller, more local TEDx talks are also popular, and will soon include a Southern Oregon version, TEDx Ashland.
The talks will fill half a day on May 20th, but speaker proposals are due by Valentine's Day, February 14th.