x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Illumination

This event occurred on
November 16, 2013
9:15am - 6:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Salem, Oregon
United States

Salem, Oregon's first TEDx event will be small but pow­er­ful. The ideas discussed will be challenging, inspir­ing and eye-opening. The sto­ries shared will con­nect us to one another and work as a cat­a­lyst to ener­gize our community.

This is why the theme of the first TEDxSalem is “illumination.”

We hope TEDxSalem will be the div­ing board for dia­logue and action. We will have local speak­ers from a wide range of dis­ci­plines found right in our back­yard from inno­va­tors to sci­en­tists to com­mu­nity organizers.

You are sure to walk out at the end of the day with your brain buzzing, new life­long friend­ships and a sense of empow­er­ment to wield your influ­ence over your world.

No, you will not imme­di­ately embrace every idea or absorb every piece of infor­ma­tion. Our hope isn’t that it will be an easy day. Rather, we hope to spark a pas­sion and curios­ity you may not have known you had. Because those are what will drive us to truly new heights.

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Grand Theatre
191 High Street NE
Salem, Oregon, 97301
United States
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Organizing team


(Canadian living in), OR, United States


  • Sean Swearingen
    On Stage Host
  • Saerom Yoo
    Storyteller, Planning Committee
  • Mindi Metka
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Heather Coakley
    Planning Committee
  • Helen Shafran
    Recess Manager
  • Carole Astley
    Planning Committee, Stage Manager
  • Matt Friesen
    Planning Committee