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 turning on an axis. It also means political upheaval, like a change in government, or “activity or movement designed to effect fundamental changes in the socioeconomic condition.” On a personal level, it can also mean a “a sudden, extreme or complete change in the way people live, work.”
Well, we believe this year’s speakers are going to turn some heads!
We’re going to learn about political revolutions, from resisting oppression in Latvia during the last days of the Soviet Union, to the activism of Don’t Shoot Portland.
We’re also going to challenge our perception of the world. How do we maintain personal, meaningful relationships in a digital world that promotes “likes” and “shares” over physical interactions? How do we fix the clinical trial process in order to get life-saving drugs to the patients who are willing to try them?
Have you ever eaten a cricket? Would you, could you, with a friend, if it might mean a solution to hunger?
And we’re going to see what it feels like to change a paradigm. We’ll meet a local artist and business owner who didn’t accept area homelessness as a fact of life and in the process turned a Porta-Potty into a “happening;” and a freshman in high school who wouldn’t accept that sitting at a desk is always going to be uncomfortable.
It’s all in keeping with the mission of TED, according to TEDx Salem co-curators Carlee Wright and Brian Hart.
“We wanted a [theme] that was familiar but dynamic,” Brian said, “simple and powerful, a word that would evoke a strong emotion but could be interpreted many different ways.”
“And with our event being at the beginning of January, we had the idea of playing off the concept of New Year’s resolutions,” said Carlee.
“What’s your revolution for the new year?”
“We want our audience to come with an open mind and leave inspired,” Brian said, “to be thinking about what they can do in their community or how they can impact society.”
“TED is all about the biggest thinkers and doers coming together to spread the most important ideas to the world,” he said.
“What’s more revolutionary than that?”