What a time it is. People everywhere are angry, suspicious, distrustful … often with good reason. And yet, might it be possible to emerge from the current fiery moment stronger than before? Wiser? Happier?

With the careful combination of visionary ideas, strategic planning, hard work and lucky timing, we think so. At this very special TED event, we’ll celebrate the clear-eyed and the bold of heart, those who don’t shy away from the most intractable-seeming problems but rather step toward them to make the case that, even now, hope is possible.

We’re heading to the heart of everything — and back to our roots. At this uniquely intimate event, we’ll host the conversations that matter, focusing on building a brighter future for everyone. And for this year only, we’ll do it in the place where TED began: Monterey, California.