TEDxSalem entertainment fuses yoga, Broadway, Latin jazz, and Middle-Eastern folk dancing

January 4, 2017

For those of you who have been to TED conferences in the past, you’ll know it’s more than just speakers (although they are certainly a highlight!). It’s a whole day of innovative thinking, engaging conversation, making new friends, stretching your brain, participation and entertainment. Beyond our roster of speakers, we have breakout sessions and performances…

Vanessa Timmons: Resiliency throughout domestic violence, activism, survival and revolution

December 8, 2016

Sometimes, the word “revolution” brings to mind a kind of violence, the kind associated with wars and revolts and massive uprisings. But for others, the real revolutionary work is the work that goes into preventing violence — and helping its survivors heal. One such person is Vanessa Timmons, executive director of the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic…

Gina Ochsner: Wielding the power of words for a (peaceful) revolution

October 4, 2016

Gina Ochsner is a storyteller (just like us!). The Salem native is an award-winning novelist and fiction writer. She’s the writer-in-residence at Corban University, where she teaches writing and literature and directs the annual Portals Writing Conference. And as a speaker at TEDxSalem, she’s going to tell you an incredible story about a series of events…

An ode to the annual event t-shirt

September 8, 2016

If you’ve been with TEDxSalem since the beginning, you’ve probably noticed something that occurred to me the other day: I’m building up an impressive collection of t-shirts. Not just regular t-shirts, obviously, but TEDxSalem official swag t-shirts. We accumulate t-shirts all our lives. High school clubs, college mascots, summer camp uniforms, fundraisers, family reunions, homecoming…

Save the date! Our next annual event is…

July 5, 2016

… January 7, 2017! Get it on the calendar now, because you’ll definitely want to be a part of this year’s experience. We’ll be back at the Salem Convention Center, which did such an amazing job hosting us last year, with new and improved plans for this year’s event. We have a phenomenal roster of…

Coming to town for TEDxSalem? Here’s what else you could do

September 15, 2015

Look, we’re a little biased. We live in Salem. We love Salem. We think Salem rocks, which is why so many of us work so hard to bring you TEDxSalem, as a showcase for just how cool this city, and our community, is. But if you’re visiting us from out-of-town, (welcome!) you might be wondering:…

Noah Schultz: Incarcerated at 17, writer and poet at 18, TEDx speaker at 23

September 11, 2015

Try to describe Noah Schultz in just a few words and you can’t help but slip in a few tantalizing details. He’s a writer and a poet. He has major dreams for Oregon and for himself. For the past several years, he’s been incarcerated at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. Currently at a work study…

Sukhsimranjit Singh: Resolving conflict across cultures

August 6, 2015

Sukhsimranjit Singh has a superpower, steeped in an art form, derived from social science. He can negotiate. Singh doesn’t use this power for evil; he doesn’t bend others to his will, he doesn’t manipulate to get what he’s after. He uses it for good; finding common ground, bridging cultures, fostering peace and harmony. It sounds…

Join us for an evening with TEDxSalem!

July 23, 2015

So you’ve been reading the blog, seeing our posts on social media, our names and faces in the pages of the local newspaper. We’re a pretty cool group of people, led by two individuals who are fearless in their devotion to making Salem better, who love to share our excitement about an awesome event. Wouldn’t…