Kelsey Juliana: Millennials will make a difference

January 2, 2017

When it comes to standing up to climate change Kelsey Juliana is relentless, and expects you to be, too. “If you’re wondering if you’re doing enough, then the answer is probably not,” said Juliana, 20, a college student currently working with Partners for Sustainable Schools to teach children about sustainability and the environment. “If you’re…

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Teressa Raiford: #blacklivesmatter was just the beginning

December 18, 2016

It can be easy to overlook Teressa Raiford in a crowded room, and that seems to suit her quite fine. Short in stature, she is soft-spoken and unassuming in person, often with gaze averted and the occasional half-smile. There’s a noticeable hint of loneliness in Raiford’s demeanor that the community organizer and leader of Don’t…

Brianna Miller: Going “retro” with last year’s artist-in-residence

November 30, 2016

Some people are said to be born too soon for this world; artist Brianna Miller may have been born about 30 years too late. The 24-year-old Miller could be a child of the 1960s spiritually – she shares a passion for Cat Stevens music, and movies like Harold and Maude and the 60s-inspired films of Wes Anderson. She claims the works of…

Alia Braley: The power of non-violent action

October 19, 2016

“When I was younger, knowing that my grandparents were involved in the American Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s was inspiring to me,” said Alia Braley, who has been working as a researcher and advocate of strategic nonviolent action for the past three years, currently with the Albert Einstein Institution.   For her TED…

Rebecca Maitland Courtney: The Arta-Potty “movement”

September 25, 2016

Rebecca Maitland Courtney is a big believer in the healing power of painting. “Paintings come from pain,” said Courtney, 56, Creative Director of Roger Yost Galleries and Property Manager of the Reed Opera House in Salem. Painting “makes life a little more bearable.” It’s what has helped her cope with problems throughout her life both…

You say you want a “revolution…?”

July 26, 2016

  We’re really excited about TEDx Salem IV coming up on January 7. The theme will be “Revolutions,” but what does that actually mean? In today’s media, words like “revolution” can be overused – Think “revolutionary” diets, internet business opportunities or dollar-shaving-kits by mail. In the Merriam-Webster universe, the word refers to the act of revolving, or…

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Storyteller’s notebook: Backstage with the host of TEDx Salem 2015

October 20, 2015

ANTICIPATION 7:30 am Morning sunlight penetrates through the windows, through the locked gate drawn down over the opening to the main gallery of the Salem Convention Center, and onto the volunteers making final preparations for the oncoming rush. Gift bags are laid out in dozens of rows, next to name badges for over 400 attendees, guests,…

Getting the most out of your TEDx Salem experience

September 24, 2015

We’re only two weeks away from TEDx Salem 2015! If you still haven’t bought your tickets, don’t worry, there’s still time to get them here, but hurry! As for everyone else already coming down to the Salem Convention Center on October 3, and also for those unsure what to expect, check out these 10 tips (re-posted) on how to…

Pamela Wible – A TEDx Salem alum looks back

August 13, 2015

It’s been quite a ride for Dr. Pamela Wible since she last took our stage. It was two years ago that Wible stood before a TEDx Salem crowd as founder of the Ideal Medical Care movement to talk about the importance of changing the impersonal, assembly-line mentality that infects the American medical care industry, for…