American Sign Language spoken here at TEDxSalem

January 5, 2017

TEDxSalem will offer ASL interpreting for the third year in a row so everyone can join the conversation. Salem is one of the few TED events around the world that offers the service thanks to our volunteers. Without them, it would cost thousands of dollars. This year Salem teamed up with 10 ASL interpreting students from…

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…


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…

2017 won’t change itself, join TEDxSalem Revolutions

January 1, 2017

I’ve heard people wish away 2016 as if a new number will suddenly transform our world. 2017 isn’t magical. It won’t erase the realities many want to escape. Only we can change through ideas, actions, revolution. On January 7, a community will come together to celebrate ideas worth spreading in Salem and beyond. You can…

TEDxSalem host Mark Powers

Say hello to host Mark Powers

December 22, 2016

Mark Powers is a percussionist, an artist, an author, educator and mentor. Plus, he’s no stranger to the TEDx stage. In fact, he has two talks under his belt and played the role of host for TEDxMtHood (formerly ConcordiaUPortland) three times. “I’ve long been a fan of TED and TEDx talks, so being invited to step…

S. Renee Mitchell: Art as survival

December 21, 2016

For S. Renee Mitchell, art is survival. This is not an overstatement. For 25 years, Mitchell worked as a successful newspaper journalist, most recently for The Oregonian. This highly public role covered up her inner struggle — the doubts, depression, self-loathing. Then she rediscovered her creativity, and that saved her life, she says. “Eventually, I…

Meet Artist-in-Residence Kathryn Cellerini Moore

December 19, 2016

Oregon-native and self-professed nerd Kathryn Cellerini Moore is a creative force transforming childhood memories into thought-provoking art installations. And this year she is the TEDxSalem Artist in Residence helping set the tone for our event, com­mu­ni­cate its theme and con­vey an ‘idea worth spreading.’ Drawn to art for its therapeutic values, Kathryn holds a BS…

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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…

Warren Binford: Child advocate braves subject few discuss

December 11, 2016

Warren Binford works to improve the lives of children wherever she goes. The Willamette University professor taught middle school in South Central LA before Teach for America was a thing. She served abused and neglected children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, and she even picked law as a career to protect kids. “They are…