Ever wonder what life is like for TEDxSalem speakers after their talks?
We know the joy and enrichment that we get from watching them, but what about our speakers? What do they get out of it? What lasting impressions do they have from their big day?
As we prepare for our upcoming event, “Through the Looking Glass” on January 6, we check in with a few alumni to find out what’s happened since they left the TED stage…
“There’ve been some struggles in there, but you highlight the beauty.”
After his talk in 2016, Noah Schultz was released from incarceration. For a time, he worked on a collaboration called Verbal Escape, teaching spoken word performance in prison communities. He also collaborated on a fashion line and food/beverage sales effort called Cascadia Kombucha.
When we reached him in San Francisco in September, he was on a national speaking tour of correctional facilities, high schools and youth organizations to promote his documentary film “Noah Schultz: From Prison to Purpose.”
“It’s been a marathon,” Schultz said, “a lot of sprints in there as well.”
“My TEDx experience was one of the most incredible experiences of my life,” he said.
“That experience, that feeling of community and support, love and accomplishment in the same room, that whole experience lifted me up,” he said.
“To be able to tell my story and to be accepted for who I was, where I’d been and where I’m going was a huge building block,” he said. “One of my biggest accomplishments.”
“Nothing compares to the feeling as you step out of the spotlight with the echo of applause still ringing behind you.”
Since his appearance at TEDxSalem, Jonathan Chase has given presentations across the country including to national conferences and colleges and universities such as Duke University. He also published a book, “From Surviving to Thriving: Classroom Accommodations for Students on the Autism Spectrum”. He credits his TEDxSalem appearance for giving his self-funded book the boost it needed, having garnered over 300,000 views on YouTube.
While he doesn’t play music full time anymore, he still brings the bass out to conferences every now and then, he said.
“I think TEDx is great because anyone can get involved and submit their idea as a presenter,” he said.
“It requires commitment and a lot of rehearsal, but the payoff is immense, and nothing compares to the feeling as you step out of the spotlight with the echo of applause still ringing behind you.”
“I hope to do another TEDx talk some day.”
Dr. Davis’ talk has garnered almost 26,000 views on YouTube – “Certainly the largest audience I’ve ever had,” he said.
“When people book appointments with me, many of them will mention that they’ve ‘watched my TED talk,'” he said.
Davis remembers the preparation for his appearance fondly.
“The group that reviewed my talk gave me excellent feedback, which really improved the quality of my talk,” he said.
“The rehearsals, pre-party and event itself were a great mix of professional and fun.”
“It humbled me, but it also empowered me.”
It was less than a year ago that this “climate kid” inspired her audience to believe in the power of youth to fight climate change. Her infectious optimism encouraged others to believe that anyone could make a difference in the world, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
These days Juliana is holding down two jobs, working at a local bakery and volunteer teaching with the City of Eugene, while taking classes at the University of Oregon as a junior. And of course she’s still part of a potentially groundbreaking legal precedent.
On December 11 the case that bears her name, Juliana v. U.S.A., 15-cv-01517, came back into the news as oral arguments were held in front of a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where Trump Administration lawyers had filed a motion to dismiss.
A ruling could be handed down any day.
“It’s very exciting,” she said. “It feels like it’s part of a movement.”
And she is grateful for the brief time she spent with TEDxSalem.
“What the TED experience allowed me to do,” she said, “is to actually crystallize what I as a person, not as a youth in the movement, but what I as Kelsey have experienced, have learned, have taken away.”
“I realized through that experience, through mapping out my story and sharing my story, that, wow, I am quite an empowered person.”
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