Ideas worth spreading, that's the tag-line of TED. TED started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader (www.TED.com).
And their way of spreading is highly efficient and effective. Most of their events are only accessible for a small audience, which makes these meetings unique and intimate. Besides the off-line event however, all lectures are published online, so a broader audience can taste the refreshing ideas of the speakers. Among them people like Al Gore, Isabel Allende, Bono, Richard Branson and Philip Zimbardo.
On April 4th 2011 Maastricht hosted "TEDxMaastricht", completely dedicated towards the future of Health. This event illustrated the power of the formula. Catchy website, quality movies and content that will be spread around. Take a look at the performance of Simon Sinek who speaks about "First why and then trust."