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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…

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…

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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…

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…

Yesenia Gallardo: Save the planet, eat an insect

November 27, 2016

While crickets, grubs and insect eggs might not top your list of snack foods, they pop up in cuisine around the world, and they just might be the key to a greener planet. “It just makes a lot of sense,” said Yesenia Gallardo, a TEDxSalem speaker, environmentalist and insect entrepreneur. “The sustainability and the nutrition…

Jerry Braza: Sowing the seeds of mindfulness

November 6, 2016

TEDxSalem speaker Jerry Braza plants the seeds of mindfulness one conversation, one seminar and one community at a time. When he talks his words fall slow and steady. His eyes stay fixed on the person in front of him. There is nowhere else to be but here, right now. In Homer, Alaska, Braza taught hundreds 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…

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…

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…