For those of you familiar with TED, you might have your favorite clips (Jill Bolt Taylor’s “My Stroke of Insight” is popular). For the uninitiated, welcome to one of the treasure troves of the Internet. The lecture series, with more than 500 online video clips and counting, is devoted to “ideas worth spreading” and features presentations from luminaries across all disciplines.

Today, one of TED’s offspring — an independently organized local version called TEDxEast — is taking place in New York City. Professor William Duggan, author of Strategic Intuition and co-author of The Aid Trap, written with Dean Glenn Hubbard, and Naif Al-Mutawa ’03, founder of The 99, are among the speakers at the inaugural event. Other speakers include author Suzy Welch, 10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea; Scott Heiferman, CEO of Meetup; and Chris Elam, artistic director of Misnomer Dance Theater. Ed Rashba ’04 and Melek Pulatkonak ’02 helped organize the event.

TEDxEast is streaming live from the City Winery in New York City from 1 to 6:30 p.m. ET on November 6. Check back soon for video clips from the event.