2013 EVENT PROGRAM
TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction
Action Breaks 28
Guest Curator 7
Food & Drink
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WHAT IS VELOCITY? The Speed and Direction of a Moving Body.
elocity is relative. It can be expressed either as an average over a period of time or as an instantaneous value at a single moment in time. Imagine this: You’re a spoke. Long and slender, one end stretches up towards the wheel rim while the other end radiates out from where it’s attached to a metallic hub. There’s an axle held in place by a nut, and somewhere down there a set of very helpful bearings rolls around. The spoke bends into one of the hub’s cylindrical flanges, and people tell stories about how these were machined, the metal shaved down by a woman in a warehouse. It’s up north, by the river, and people probably pass by it all the time without knowing. Her story’s an interesting one because she opened her shop eight years ago after some encouragement from her friends. They told her she could do it and she did, but let’s get back to your story.
but it’s also part of something much larger. And hey, now he’s passing another biker who’s slowing down. She’s got a road bike with more sprockets for her chain to latch onto. All of the other things are there, but they’re different too. Different spokes, a different wheel, a different hub. She turns and starts heading up a hill, slow but determined to keep moving. Someone else passes by in a car and notices a group of people walking into a cafe. Down the block someone gets off the bus, and two more people get on. The streets are filled with people moving, going in every direction imaginable. Everyone has a destination and a story, where they came from and where they’re going. To act is to choose a direction and a speed. Every day, people move forward, change course, or stop what they’re doing in the name of positive action.
Thirty one other spokes fire out from your wheel hub in all different directions, but they end in the same place. They poke through the wheel rim, where they were fastened in place by Tim, a bike shop mechanic in Southeast. It’s easy to be entranced once the wheel starts moving. Spinning on its axle, the spokes catch the light and create patterns. A rubber tire stretches over the wheel, which is connected to a light carbon frame. There’s a chain, some pedals, and now a rider who’s trying to get to work. He’s waiting for a light to turn green, and then he’s off. He’s really moving, propelled forward by basic mechanics as everything works together in concert. From pedal to spoke, each piece has a purpose
About the Author Sean Wheaton is a teacher and writer who lives in Portland, OR. He’s a lover of ideas both big and small, and he is thrilled to be a part of this year’s TEDxConcordiaUPortland planning team. He’s one of several storytellers who are sharing write-ups, interviews, and perspectives on the many extraordinary people from our surrounding community.
SESSION ONE 9:00AM Introduction & Welcome
Meet Your Monster, and Other Experiments in Collaboration
Untangling the Stories, Beliefs & Behaviors that Bind
TED Talk Video: Before I Die I Want To...
The Challenges of Educating Girls in Rural Afghanistan
Mohammad Khan Kharoti
TED Talk Video: Love Letters to Strangers
I Canâ€™t Get No (Job) Satisfaction & Performing Satisfied Man
Explanation of & Send Off to Action Breaks
SESSION TWO 11:15AM Welcome Back
Jump and Grow Wings on the Way Down
What the Technology Industry Has Learned from Linus Torvalds
Crowd Sourcing the Feminine Intelligence of the Planet
TED Talk Video: What We Learned from 5 Billion Books
Jean-Baptiste Michel & Erez Lieberman
Demolition Derby: Better Living through Personal Apocalypse
Cynthia Lopez & Juvie Hall
The Future of Food Production
Send off to Lunch
SESSION THREE 2:15PM
Guest Curator Session with Cheryl Strayed Welcome Back
A Peopleâ€™s Choir
Introduction to guest curator
Overview of Session
Notes the Seahorse Left Me
Voices of our Ancestors
Lillian Pitt & Toma Villa
The Role of the Outsider
TED Talk Video: A Choir as Big as the Internet
Grit and Grace
Naknuisha: Caring for Something So Precious It Swallows You
Send off to Action Breaks
SESSION FOUR 4:30PM Welcome Back
Creating Meaning from Cultural Traditions
Susan Addy & Okropong
Forward Motion: The Modern Day Village
TED Talk Video: How to Use a Paper Towel
TEDx ADVENTURES! Explanation & Invitation
Men & Women and The Brain is a Beautiful Thing
6 getting up the courage to actually do so was easier said than done. After 15 years of teaching drum lessons, living in a fairly steady routine, he decided to change it all. On April 11, 2011, his birthday, he set a goal: in one year he would quit the comfortable routine and delve into the unknown. It was risky, it was nerve-racking, and it was totally worth it.
MARK POWERS Your Host for Today
ark Powers is ruled by rhythm. Beats and jives, flows and measures, vibes and shakes. Fast, slow, loud, soft: it doesn’t matter. As the on-stage host and 2012 TEDx ConcordiaUPortland speaker, he brings a certain magnetism to the stage—a magnetism that stems from the up and down rhythms of his own life. Mark, a Midwest transplant, came to Oregon six-and-a-half years ago after being offered a job teaching drum lessons in Salem. Teaching private drum lessons was what he knew: it was comfortable and it was a good living. But after a decade and a half, Mark realized his life wasn’t moving in the trajectory he wanted. Though he says he will always love teaching, Mark was playing drums less and less for himself and his own personal enrichment. For two or three years he kept telling himself he’d make a change, but
A change in velocity began happening sooner than he thought: in just a few months he was in Omaha, teaching 2,000 students music for three weeks. Then, he jetted off to Kuwait City, where he worked as Artist-in-Residence at an International School, also teaching percussion. Next was the South Pacific where he performed for four months on a cruise ship, based out of Brisbane, Australia. Finally, Mark ended up back in Portland, and before the dust had settled (8 days after his arrival) he took a job performing with a group in Seattle. He and his three band mates perform as three groups of different genres: The Afrodisiacs, The Spazmatics, and Mr. Pink—which he describes as “disco,” “80’s nerd rock,” and “modern dance/ pop,” respectively.
“My goal is to harness its [rhythm’s] power and potential, using it for community.”
7 she’s been insanely busy with the success of her memoir, Wild. Between the book being selected to kick off Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, the film rights being optioned by Reese Witherspoon’s production company, and the release of another New York Times bestseller, Tiny Beautiful Things, writing has become an even more precious act for Cheryl.
CHERYL STRAYED Curator of Magic
s Guest Curator and previous TEDxConcordiauPortland 2012 speaker, Cheryl Strayed will take the stage during the third session with a group of speakers she’s chosen. The arts and artists—sculptors, filmmakers, actors, painters, radio personalities, writers—are grounded in creatively spreading ideas; it’s fundamental to what they do. They reflect and react to the world, showing us who we are and what we might be; they sustain us in a singular and extraordinary way. Cheryl herself is familiar with art’s power to sustain and renew. Her writing has been celebrated for its grace and beauty, but also for its honesty. Readers have been inspired by her courage to quickly expose the core truth of every subject she considers. Since taking the TEDxConcordiaUPortland stage in 2012,
“I love that word [velocity.] And I think it’s a particularly good word to express what I had in mind when I chose the speakers for my session. These are people who make things happen, who bring about movement and change, who spark ideas, influence minds, move us emotionally and heal us spiritually through the sheer force of their creativity. Every time we create we move in a new direction, sometimes powerfully so. Creativity is velocity.” Cheryl says that “everything good in me can be traced back to her [mother]...She would have laughed if you told her she was extraordinary... She never allowed us to feel poor because we were rich in what mattered. She made a beautiful life for us in spite of many hardships. She brought magic into every day. She believed in kindness above all. She died of cancer when she was 45, but her strength informs my life each day.”
“She brought magic into every day. She believed in kindness above all.”
8 help them get there. As a certified high school teacher, Doug was in his element as he created a large-scale graphic recording of one of the Community Conversations associated with the project. Doug also landed a weekly gig sketchnoting each episode of the radio show On Being with Krista Tippett. His first unrequested sketchnote of the show received such a positive response from listeners that they asked him back for more. So what started out as a hobby is quickly turning into a business as Doug offers his sketchnoting and graphic recording skills to others. He even accepts various forms of payment (see accompanying image). Lucky for us he’s doing this for free.
DOUG NEILL Observational Illustrator
oug Neill is a substitute teacher who is avoiding full-time employment for as long as possible. Don’t think he’s a slacker, though - his hobbies keep him plenty busy. For the past year he has been experimenting with visual note taking (a.k.a. sketchnoting) and sharing what he learns on his website thegraphicrecorder.com. Sketchnoting is a form of note taking that incorporates quick sketches in addition to words. Turns out that our brain LOVES visuals. Even simple doodles help you to process and remember what you hear or read. Doug has been honing this skill as he reads books, listens to podcasts, and attends talks throughout the community. Now he’s ready to share it with others. Recently he worked with the Beaverton School District on their project to create a unified vision for where the district is going and how everyone in the community can
You may see Doug around throughout the day capturing some of the event’s happenings. He will be the guy with the notebook sketching what he sees and hears. If you see him, become his friend.
9 Gary knows there are virtually endless ways of meeting singles, duos, trios and teams of people who want to collaborate. He is a self admitted co-creation junkie who loves turning ideas into action. “I am drawn to the art of improv, co-developed storytelling, and incomplete stories where the audience fills in the missing pieces,” says Gary. “Amazing inspiration and ideas can come from anywhere.”
GARY HIRSCH Illustrated Collaborator Meet Your Monster, and Other Experiments in Collaboration
ary is the Co-founder of On Your Feet, a creative consultancy agency that helps organizations implement improvisation into the framework of their business to better help them succeed. He also sat on the faculty as an adjunct instructor at Portland State University School of Business Administration and at Wieden + Kennedy’s experimental advertising grad school, “12”. Plus he draws. So well, in fact, that he is the founder of Doodle House, a website displaying his illustrations and wearable art. Gary wants to see other people work together successfully to deliver outputs that are more than the sum of their parts, and he knows there’s a lot of ways for people to get started. From serendipitous events, to long standing plans to meet,
Gary keeps busy with his consultancy, his illustrations, and his other creative endeavors, one of which is creating domino robot illustrations for anyone in need of a little bot joy. These bots are gifted, ordered and given away to many ends, some of which are very touching. For example, a bravery bot helps you boost your confidence and gives you courage, as it did for a brave eight year old as she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Gary is excited to leave another set of bots around the city for total strangers and see how they respond with joy. At TEDxConcordiaUPortland 2013, Gary would love nothing more than to see a genesis of projects led by TEDx attendees. “What would be really amazing and inspiring would be if each one of those 650 people grabbed someone next to them (so now we have pairs of 325) and they made something together,” encourages Gary. “Something physical, a story, image, movie, art, slide show, start a micro business for a weekend…then share these stories with everyone else too!”
“Amazing inspiration and ideas can come from anywhere.”
10 Stephen soon developed a reputation for smart, heartfelt lyrics and in 2003 he formed Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers with his friends Kit “The Goose” Karlson, Brian “Boots” Factor, and Sam “Steamer” Getz. For the past ten years, the band has toured all over the country, playing large festivals and sharing stages with acts such as George Thorogood, Sugarland, O.A.R., and David Crosby. They released five studio albums including Gift Horse in 2011; however, in November 2012 the band decided to go on hiatus.
STEPHEN KELLOGG Impulsive Progressive I Can’t Get No (Job) Satisfaction
here is nothing like being on-stage, even if that stage is a small one. Musician and songwriter Stephen Kellogg has been on many stages over the course of his career, but the one that mattered most was at a steakhouse in Western Massachusetts. At the time, Stephen was working for a music promoter. He had graduated from college and he was living his dream. Sort of. Though he had found an “in” with the music business, he wasn’t interested in the business side of things. He loved to play, and when he got a chance to do so, he took it. “I knew I had made a good decision by how alive I felt after playing the first night. 3.5 hours of songs played to relative inattention for low money felt more amazing to me than the best work I had done in a year and a half of promoting concerts.”
As Stephen embraces the new changes taking place in his professional life, he continues to follow that original impulse that led him to take the stage that first time. Over the holidays, Stephen embarked on a small solo tour, and right now he’s in the mixing stage of a new record. “It’s the first solo album of my professional career and I co-produced it with Kit Karlson. It will be out in the late spring on Elm City/EMI and I can’t wait to share it with folks.”
“I knew I had made a good decision by how alive I felt after playing the first night.”
11 –– to propel his velocity into action. After receiving permission from the Taliban, Mohammad opened a school for boys and girls in his parent’s compound in Shin Kalay. Thus began his lifelong passion.
MOHAMMAD KHAN KHAROTI Change Facilitator The Challenge of Educating Girls in Rural Afghanistan
s a nurse in Afghanistan, Mohammad worked alongside Western physicians and he says their hard work and devotion inspired his dream to become a doctor himself to help as many Afghans as possible. Even though the war in 1987 forced him to emigrate from Afghanistan with his family, the dream never died. It remained for ten years while Mohammad was in the United States and when he returned to Afghanistan, he saw children removing resin from poppies, their shirts covered with stains and their walk imbued with sleep. They didn’t have an education and Mohammad decided then and there to do something
Mohammad describes velocity as “pushing good ideas and actions forward,” but it is not just his dedication to the cause, it is his courage and determination to personally make as much change as possible that caught the attention of the TEDxConcordiaUPortland planning team. When asked how he would harness the velocity of TEDxConcordiaUPortland attendees, he says he would have us come along to Afghanistan to see his work first hand, so we can “have transparency, opportunity, peace, education, a bigger world vision, and connection to the rest of the world.” That connection is what fuels the desire to make change in the world through one’s own hands, to forego a bit of selfishness and give to those who are far less fortunate. Thus, a perfect day to Mohammad is not one that is about himself. His idea of a perfect day is one in which he can inspire students, not only in Afghanistan, but in America as well, to take full advantage of their opportunities and to help create a better world. A visionary, Mohammad has not only created a path for himself by channeling his velocity into helping some of the most impoverished children in the world, he has also inspired numerous others to do so as well.
a perfect day to Mohammad is not one that is about himself ...
12 to be untangled, unwound, unbound.” Becoming bogged down by life’s tangles is the result of messages that come from family, society and culture, but resonate as incongruities in one’s mind once one realizes that they no longer identify with such messages. “The freedom to explore, go places, and consider ourselves without judgment requires us to unwind ourselves,” explains Rebecca. She has discovered solutions to her own tangled identities through doing what she loves, and it has left her free to continue to work creatively, and inspire others. “I do think that life gets tangled around our feet and for me, creating a metaphor for the stories, beliefs and behaviors that aren’t true to myself and using the detritus to create art is the way out.”
REBECCA SHAPIRO Conscious Creator Untangling the Stories, Beliefs & Behaviors that Bind
ach year TEDxConcordiaUPortland features an artist who creates our stage backdrop. The planning team needed someone who could capture “velocity” in the design of our set, so we sought out an artist whose work seemed to emanate kinetic energy. Inspired by Tantric art that she was studying at the time, Rebecca discovered she had an interest in the universal art form of the spiral. While drawing spirals ironically served to help Rebecca uncoil her life’s tangles, seeing her drawings confirmed that she could convey what our theme this year is all about. “I use velocity to measure the speed and direction of movement in my life,” says Rebecca, “If things have slogged down, there’s a knot somewhere that deserves my attention and needs
After having to articulate her vision for the stage art that would be featured at TEDxConcordiaUPortland 2013, Rebecca was the recipient of a large project grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). She is a successful artist in the painting, illustration, installation, and photography mediums. Being of service is of the utmost importance to Rebecca, which is why she has committed to pick a charity each year to donate her time and talents to. On top of her art Rebecca is a mother and friend, as well as an entrepreneur.
“The freedom to explore, go places, and consider ourselves without judgment requires us to unwind ourselves.”
13 he brought back with him was the skill set necessary to set up an effective crop rotation with a multi-species system that is similar to Polyface Farm’s, as well as an invigorated sense of purpose and mission. “Acknowledging the delicately interconnected nature of food systems, we strive to minimize negative agricultural impact on land and health through integrated rotational grazing and foraging methods, organic and humane practices and focus on local markets,” says Tyler. “We are committed to challenge the raising of food in ways that are respectful to the soil, animals, and local community.”
TYLER JONES Agricultural Futurist The Future of Food Production In a state with 38,000 farms, most of which are 50 acres or smaller, people in Oregon have a good opportunity to develop a more intimate relationship with their farmer. Tyler Jones farms full time with his wife, Alicia, at their Afton Field Farm in Corvallis, Oregon. They raise pastured poultry, oak savanna pork, and grassfed beef and lamb using multi-species rotational grazing. What the farm yields is sold at the farm to individuals, at the Corvallis Farmers Market, and to buying clubs from Eugene to Portland. There are more than 160 farmers markets statewide, so for farmers like Tyler, the hardest part isn’t finding a sustainable avenue to sell your crop, but learning how to actually farm it in the first place. In 2002 Tyler was an apprentice with Joel Salatin at Polyface Farm in Virginia. What
If there’s one thing in Portland we can boast about our culinary culture, it’s that it embodies the feel of a much larger city in terms of variety, excellence and reverence for locality. The TEDxConcordiaUPortland planning team is especially thankful that Tyler can find time away from the constant busy life at his farm and business to come to Portland and educate us on his work and its importance for foodie future.
“…challenge the raising of food in ways that are respectful...”
14 experiencing a significant failure,” Cynthia says about the release of her second film, after which some suggested she may want to find another career. “Clocks ticked and crickets chirped, the wind blew and I slowly realized that I had no desire at all to quit.” Quit, she did not, and Cynthia went on to found a successful media company.
JUVIE HALL & CYNTHIA LOPEZ Portland’s Dynamic Duo Demolition Derby: Better Living Through Personal Apocalypse
uvie, who once followed a more traditional path within the world of law, decided to skate off to a new course after reading The Art of Nonconformity by Chris Guillebeau.“It gave me permission to try something ‘crazy’,” Juvie says, “which has brought me growth and opportunities I never could have imagined in my old way of thinking.” Cynthia is the owner of Golden Moon Media, a video production and documentary studio. Though Cynthia is a successful filmmaker now, she says things weren’t always smooth sailing. “One of the biggest turning points in my life was, of course,
Juvie and Cynthia partnered up with the idea for one epic project titled ‘Flat Track Around the World.’ Fueled by Juvie’s passion for roller derby, the two decided to create a documentary that chronicles roller derby’s globally transformative impact on women. Juvie and Cynthia have already begun filming in Mexico, and they are launching their round-theworld trip this spring to document derby in Peru, Brazil, France, Norway, Russia, Israel, Singapore, Australia and, possibly, Egypt. Their mission? To skate with every women’s flat track roller derby league in the world, and document the whole thing. “Is there some core nugget of derby awesomeness that has the potential to enrich and transform the lives of women everywhere, regardless of age, class, wealth or geography?... Will I find the same sense of kinship and community with derby players on the other side of the world?” Juvie asks on her website. Cynthia, who is documenting the journey for their feature-length film, says that the act of creation is the most inspiring way for her to maintain a directional velocity.
“It gave me permission to try something ‘crazy’ ”
15 experience, Jensine founded World Pulse, a media network devoted to bringing women a global voice. Through the power of interactive digital media, World Pulse has transformed from a magazine into a powerful social movement, connecting more than 50,000 women from 190 countries. Most recently, Jensine launched a web 2.0 citizen journalism training program that empowers women journalists from some of the world’s most forgotten places. In some of these places Jensine covered indigenous movements and ethnic cleansings as a freelance journalist in her 20s.
JENSINE LARSEN Global Voice Amplifier Crowd Sourcing The Feminine Intelligence of the Planet
uring her senior year of high school in rural Wisconsin, Jensine (Yen-SeeNah) Larsen experienced a moment of courage that would shape the rest of her life. As she broke through a paralyzing shyness, Jensine found her voice. She conquered her worst fear: trying out for the school play. She won the leading role. Shortly after fulfilling her dream of acting, Jensine wrote and performed her own play. She got into journalism shortly after. As a young journalist in Burma and the Amazon, Jensine was astonished how some of the most important global stories she discovered hardly received mention in the mass media. She was determined to give a new voice to these stories. At age 28 and with no prior publishing
“I have a burning, unquenchable hunger to know what the world will look like when women and girls experience freedom to live to their full potential,” Jensine says. “It’s what gets me up in the morning.” She describes a perfect day as road tripping somewhere she’s never been and getting a little bit lost on an unexpected adventure. Curiosity is always what motivates Jensine, and she continues to dream of unleashing the creative human potential of women across the globe through the power of media. After making it her job for nearly a decade to listen to women on the ground around the world, this year Jensine plans to step out of her comfort zone and grow her own voice, expressing her unique point of view on world events.
“I don’t feel a heavy burden of ‘responsibility’ but a silken cord of anticipation unceasingly tugging me forward into a fascinating future…”
16 “Without inertia or stagnation, move up and forward toward a goal, dream, vision, or desire”, says Bibi, “That is velocity”. Love is what motivated Bibi to start Bibi KALE Chips, to enthusiastically become Beyoncé’s guitarist and to commit so fervently to teaching others the enlightening practice of yoga. You can find more information about Bibi KALE Chips and her Yoga teaching practice at her websites, yogabibi.com, and bibikalechips.com. To Bibi, love can, but need not be romantic love. “Love encompasses a lot of things,” explains Bibi, “this is the ENERGY where we realize that we are all connected as ONE.”
BIBI MCGILL Caution Thrower Jump and Grow Wings on the Way Down
mong Bibi’s most prized traits is balance. Yoga requires it, as does managing a well rounded existence. As a veritable renaissance woman, Bibi is great at synthesizing her talents to create synergy in her life. After four and a half years of working for a record label in Los Angeles, Bibi decided to throw caution to the wind and left her job without having any other jobs secured. Bibi’s lack of corporate constraints afforded her the opportunity to make a living creatively. She hasn’t had a “typical” job since. She is the guitar player and musical director for Beyoncé, a DJ, a yoga instructor, an entrepreneur, a sustainability advocate, and a life lover - she does it all. With an eclectic career and a multifaceted talent set, Bibi is well positioned to have doors open for her.
Bibi is scheduled to teach her 2nd yoga retreat in Bali in June 2013 and her 3rd yoga retreat in Kauai, Hawaii in 2014. In addition, she teaches 3 classes a week in Portland. She has passion for stretching herself, both physically and metaphorically, but more importantly, she believes in stretching others, or rather, teaching them to stretch themselves. “All things are living because all things are ENERGY,” says Bibi, “I’m motivated to experience more of being in that flow where there is no resistance, no fear.” She might ask you to get “Galactivated.” It’s safe to assume that we can take this to mean: get revved-up, jazzed, stoked, amped, or otherwise enthused about what you do. Then do it!
“...move up and forward toward a goal, dream, vision, or desire”
17 motivates me.” With 166 members, The Linux Foundation represents most of the world’s large software, hardware and communications companies. Jim is in the unique position of being at the nexus of global technology, with the background and foresight to promote ideas of collaboration in a time where R&D and closed platforms are much less cost effective than open source. When he is not busy at The Linux Foundation or sitting on the board of the Global Economic Symposium, Open Source For America and Chinese Open Source Promotion Union Jim likes being “in the zone” while rock climbing, swimming or water skiing with friends.
JIM ZEMLIN Progressive Programmer What the Technology Industry Has Learned From Linus Torvalds
pen source software is exciting, and Jim Zemlin, the Executive Director of The Linux Foundation knows just how exciting it is. A forward thinker from early in his career, Jim has done work in the fields of mobile computing, cloud computing and open source software, making him a perfect match for the vendor-neutral Linux Foundation. As the Executive Director of a nonprofit consortium that fosters the growth of Linux, supports Linux’s creator, Linus Torvalds, and provides unified resources so that open source technologies can successfully disseminate, Jim is a busy man. “At The Linux Foundation we are working on creating one of the greatest shared resources in the history of computing,” Says Jim, “The idea of collaboration
“The idea of collaboration motivates me.”
18 and the Longbaugh Film Festival, prompted Oregonian film critic Shawn Levy to write that it was one of the best documentaries he’d ever seen on drug recovery. Brian’s latest feature-length film, Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse, has been several years in the making. Its subject, James Chasse, was a schizophrenic Portland musician who died in 2006 after a severe beating by police. The film explores Chasse’s life, the circumstances of his death, and the trial that followed. It’s an official selection at both the Portland International Film Festival and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana.
BRIAN LINDSTROM Fringe Refiner Grit and Grace
rian Lindstrom is a filmmaker whose subjects are drawn from the fringes, where people are reduced to a single word like “addict” or “schizophrenic.” Glossed over, forgotten—their stories are seldom held up and examined in the name of truth. What Brian captures are moments from his subjects’ lives that reveal their depth and complexity, but more importantly their humanity. Brian’s 2007 film, the critically acclaimed Finding Normal, examined the question of growth at Portland’s Hooper Detox center. Documenting a group of addicts who transition from the center to Central City Concern’s Rehabilitation Mentor Program, the film gives its subjects room, allowing them to tell their stories. The film, widely praised by critics and winner of awards at the Astoria International Film Festival
In addition to making films, Brian also teaches in the Northwest Film Center’s Young Filmmaker’s program. Inspiring and empowering at-risk youth, he knows how influential a good teacher can be. Brian grew up in Portland, graduating from Parkrose High School and Lewis and Clark College. He was the first in his family to go to college, and he admits that it was a struggle. It was while taking a video production class with Professor Stuart Kaplan, however, that a note from his teacher inspired him to pursue film. Brian went on to receive his MFA in directing and screen writing from Columbia University, and he’s now making remarkable films that give voice to the people in our community who so often go unheard.
“I’m motivated by the opportunity to remind people of their strength.”
19 challenging them to explore their characters as well as their own experiences and beliefs. They’re pushed to understand each character’s point of view and to think carefully about each character’s hopes, dreams, and fears. The PlayWrite experience is a concentrated burst of focus and creativity, yet the playwrights quickly learn to slow down and pay attention to the nuances and rhythms that are vital to understanding characters. Such details are easy to gloss over in our daily lives, but for founder Bruce Livingston the process of slowing down brought about a realization.
BRUCE LIVINGSTON Character Coach Notes the Seahorse Left Me
ruce Livingston founded the PlayWrite Inc. in 2003 and has been collaborating with “youth at the edge” ever since. The phrase itself represents a number of experiences, but at its heart is the idea of possibility. Though participants arrived at “the edge” after being at-risk, underprivileged, underserved, or out-of-place, they learn how to creatively reflect their experiences, and the results, by all accounts, are transformative. Participants leave knowing more about themselves and their potential to create something beautiful. The PlayWrite experience consists of a three week workshop that begins with a lot of writing. Though participants craft characters and narratives that eventually come to life on the stage, they begin by learning to be honest and vulnerable. Coaches work one-on-one with students,
Bruce has always been interested in exploring new paths. He worked as an anthropologist for a number of years in Iran, he worked in the French culinary world, he’s watched a grey whale’s eye absorbing him from a kayak’s length away, and he knows what it feels like to reach terminal velocity as a skydiver. Bruce is fascinated with the power of loving and healing members of our community through art.
“...think carefully about each character’s hopes, dreams, and fears.”
20 for breakfast with my husband, Mike,” Roxie says. “After, we’d head to the studio to work on our collaborative printmaking project all day long. In the evening we’d make dinner together and curl up on the couch with the kitties, Cornelius and Jack, and watch movies late.”
ROXIE MCGOVERN Healing Art Director Naknuisha: Caring for Something So Precious it Swallows You
s executive director of Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) Roxie brings the healing power of art to children in crisis and their families. Often, these families never imagined their lives would take the direction they’ve gone. CHAP’s goal is to ease their displacement with programs that strengthen, encourage and inspire. Growing up with grandparents who had immigrated from Armenia, Roxie learned to value her roots and never forget where she came from. Her mother raised her to be a strong, independent woman, and her father taught her she was never too old to try new things. Her sisters, she says, remind her daily to have fun and not take herself too seriously. “My perfect day would be to get up early and walk to Compote
Roxie received her bachelor’s degree in fine art with an emphasis in printmaking from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. She continues to show her work around the United States. With their collaborative project, Owl Cat Ink, Roxie and Mike work together to create one-ofa-kind collages with their old print proofs, a project inspired by the kids they work with at CHAP. A portion of all Owl Cat Ink sales are donated to the organization. “I have learned so much from working with terminally and chronically ill children and disabled kids,” Roxie says. “My perspective on life has changed drastically. The most important message I have gotten from these amazing kids is to really value dayto-day life and find joy in the little things.”
“If I could harness the velocity of more than 650 people, I would encourage them to really try to be present in their day-to-day lives – to find a little bit of joy each and every day.”
21 salmon fishing her ancestors had done for thousands of years at Celilo Falls. Along with teaching, Lillian became a mentor to Toma Villa, a young muralist and iron caster from the Yakama Nation. As she introduced him to people who could help him in his artistic career and invited him to join her for special events, a partnership developed.
LILLIAN PITT & TOMA VILLA Ancestral Couriers Voices of Our Ancestor
or thousands of years, Lillian Pitt’s ancestors lived harmoniously in the Columbia River Gorge, a backbone of one of the largest trade networks in all Native America. But as dams were constructed and Native Americans were moved to reservations, some of her ancestors’ precious stories and traditions were lost. Lillian was in her 30s when she learned her ancestors had lived in the Columbia River Gorge for more than 10,000 years, and discovering this fact made her all the more inspired to preserve her heritage. Just as she was seeking ways to reach young Native Americans, she received an opportunity to teach in schools along the Columbia River Gorge about the
Together, Lillian and Toma have helped to revive some of the traditions of their ancestors through art. With the Confluence Project, part of seven collaborative art sites on the Columbia River Gorge designed by internationally renowned architect Maya Lin, the two interpret Native American art history and ecology. And their work on Fisher’s Memorial, a public art project, will be featured the Columbia Hill State Park for the Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission. “Everything I do, regardless of the medium, is directly related to honoring my ancestors and giving voice to the people, the environment and the animals,” Lillian says. “It’s all about maintaining a link with tradition, and about honoring the many contributions my ancestors have made to this world.”
“If we know our basic values of respect for all living things, doing the right thing is a lot easier.”
22 the harrowing account of her mother’s childhood in Taiwan during World War II. In 2006, she also received a Peabody for the Crossing East series. “My most recent turning point was deciding to fully embrace my ‘Asian-ness’ by creating the first and only Asian-American history series on public radio,” Dmae says of Crossing East. Dmae also received the Dr. Suzanne Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice from the Asian American Journalists Association and was one of 50 artists around the country to be selected for the 2007 United States Artists Fellowship.
DMAE ROBERTS Defender of Justice The Role of the Outsider
hen Dmae Roberts was a young woman, velocity meant rising above her lower income roots and creating a life that didn’t involve manual labor. She vividly remembers the bigotry and isolation her Taiwanese family faced when they moved to Junction City, Oregon from Japan, and these memories have fueled her career as an independent radio artist, writer and actress. Dmae creates multicultural radio documentaries, community outreach programs and original stage plays to bring educational awareness through art. She also brings diverse communities together through MEDIARITES, a non-profit organization dedicated to multicultural arts production in radio and education outreach. Dmae won a Peabody award for her documentary, Mei Mei, a Daughter’s Song
Her latest project is a theatre performance piece with singer Lyndee Mah about the women’s experiences growing up biracial in rural towns and carving out identities at a time when there were few people like them. “E-Ban,” which means ‘half’ in Chinese, will come to Portland sometime in 2013. A bookworm, Dmae maintains a small library of overfilled book shelves. She loves perusing Portland farmers markets on Saturday mornings and interviewing people in Hawaii for stories.
“What has motivated me…is to call attention to injustice and work to dispel the racism…”
23 aural and visual experiences that resulted were rooted in Obo’s deep love of his native Ghana, where he became a master drummer at the age of six. Obo grew up watching his father use music in healing ceremonies, and his own love of music took him around the globe until he settled in Portland, Oregon. In addition to earning numerous awards, including a 1996 National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment from the Arts, Obo taught music at Lewis and Clark College for 25 years.
SUSAN ADDY & OKROPONG Evangelist for Music Creating Meaning from Cultural Traditions
usan Addy, Executive Director of the Obo Addy Legacy Project, believes in the power of music. She believes in the ways it can touch people and help them learn more about one another. Music, she believes might even be the bridge that leads to peace. Okropong, one of the performing groups part of the Obo Addy Legacy Project, features five male African drummers from Ghana.
In 1986, Susan and her husband Obo founded the Homowo African Arts and Cultures Organization to spread the music and culture of Africa through teaching, dance, and performance. The rich
When Obo died in September, 2012, the Homowo African Arts and Cultures Organization continued under its new name, the Obo Addy Legacy Project. The organization, using Obo’s repertoire and methods, brings music and dance to communities and schools across the Pacific Northwest. Their performance groups delight audiences with vibrant celebrations of African culture.
“Music…is an art form, its universal appeal can unite us.”
24 2003, SEI officially opened a Title 1 charter middle school where 73% of students are from single-parent households, 36% are gang affected and 30% have a parent or sibling who is incarcerated. Despite the odds, 98% of students graduate, sending 85% on to college, where they are often the first ever in their family to enter higher education. And after three decades, Tony has helped thousands of students go from point A to point B, rather than point C, which may have included dropping out of school, going to jail or worse.
TONY HOPSON Academic Activist Forward Motion: The Modern Day Village
ony is a counselor, an educator, an activist and a coach. He is also the President and CEO of Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI), a non-profit organization based in Portland that helps at-risk African American urban youth realize their potential by supporting them with their academic, social and personal goals. SEI Coordinators work closely with youth enrolled in the program, helping them make positive choices that keep them on a path to success. The seed for SEI was planted by Tony in 1981 when he began a one-week summer camp for high school boys. From there, the program expanded to middle-schoolers, then year-round programs were added, and Tony was able to work with an increasing number of at-risk youth. In
“The perfect day for me would be a sunny, warm, blue sky day with a cool breeze and the smell of flowers in the air,” says Tony. “The sun represents each kid that needs and gets a touch from a caring adult. The blue sky represents the love that these touches bring. The cool breeze represents the sense of support felt by each kid, and the flowers represent the smell of hope that the future will be bright. Each day that I can create this for a kid, it is a perfect day. And that is what I’m doing.”
“Velocity represents movement to me…at an increasingly faster pace.”
25 dry toilets and other ecological solutions to human pollution. One of PLOTS’ hallmark DIY technologies is balloon mapping which involves sending a camera up on a balloon, snapping photos and stitching them together. Since its inception, Mathew has helped build a global community of mappers, who have used balloons and kites to take aerial photos, mapping places from Portland to Texas, and Santiago to Somerville.
MATHEW LIPPINCOTT Fervent Flusher Iconic Toilets
athew Lippincott has got his head in the troposphere (a.k.a “the clouds”). Sometimes he’s even got his head in the stratosphere, and if he had his way, he’d have his head in the mesosphere, the thermosphere, or perhaps even the exosphere. Mathew is the co-founder and Director of Production at the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS), a non-profit organization dedicated to civic science. PLOTS helps people investigate environmental concerns using DIY technologies. He is also a partner, the ML in MDML design, which focuses on creating solutions for sustainable sanitation, like
Gulf coast residents took up PLOTS’ balloon mapping after the Deepwater Horizon gulf oil spill in 2010 to map the spill. For the first few weeks of the disaster a restricted flight zone was declared below 4,000 ft. This restriction didn’t include balloons, and a comprehensive map of the spill was born. Mathew is also passionate about toilets. His ongoing project with MDML focuses on emergency sanitation, especially in the Portlandarea in the case of earthquakes and plate tectonics. MDML’s emergency sanitation guide has been approved by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management. As an inventor, a designer, and an aeronautical artist, Mathew has got his head in the clouds most of the time, always thinking about the vast, unexplored space we call ‘up.’ Nothing is too far, and no space should be left unexplored. So, what’s next? Outer space, perhaps.
“Solutions come from fun and beauty.”
ADVENTURES! are unique and intimate events, designed to offer our TEDx community unparalleled, behind-the-scenes access to the people and places that make the local area so dynamic. Adventures extend the TEDx phenomenon beyond the single day of the conference, enabling people to participate as we enhance the possibilities for both speakers and attendees. Past ADVENTURES! included:
COFFEE ORIGINS AND PROCESS CREATING SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATIONS TINY HOUSE LIVING SING-A-LONG WITH A FLASH MOB FUTURE ADVENTURES! April 11 – Adventure Bollywood (Hosted by: Prashant Kakad) April 14 – Community Art Project (Hosted by: Rebecca Shapiro) April 27 – Urban Transformations (Hosted by: Together Farm and Thicket) May 6 – Learn to Sketchnote (Hosted by: Doug Neill) To find out details & sign up for an Adventure! Visit: tedxconcordiauportland.com/adventures
ALL DAY Join Oregon ArtBeat and Jolie Guillebeau for It’s Easier than Tying Your Shoes: How Anyone Can Draw (Yes, Even You.) During this action break, we’ll teach you three simple tools to create drawings that will allow you to recreate what you see. Located in Room 314 the Library (3rd Floor)
Grab a friend and visit the OPB Public Insight Network Story Booth to record your own story of change. Stories from the conference will be compiled online, and some may even end up on the radio waves of OPB! Located on 2nd Floor Mezzanine of the Library
Join Mohammad Khan Kharoti in connecting Afghanistan and the United States through letter writing to promote cultural understanding! Mohammad will deliver these letters to the students and they will have the opportunity to write back to our collective TEDxConcordiaUPortland community! Located in the Library Lobby
SECOND BREAK ONLY A People’s Choir invites you to come sing a complete set of Velocity-inspired pop songs with them during the afternoon Action Break. Use your voice to create community with your fellow TEDx attendees. No singing experience required. Located on the Campus Green Outside the Library
FIRST BREAK ONLY Hosted by Marcus Young and Central City Concern Coffee, join some of Portland’s finest baristas to learn about hand brewing coffee following coffee industry best-practices. Those completing this Action Break will have the arsenal to brew amazing coffee. Located in the Library Lobby
Join TEDx partner and design team Band for a bike race where you don’t actually go anywhere. They set up a series of heats for you to test your endurance against your TEDx peers Located on the Campus Green Outside the Library
Gary Hirsch will host a co-creation station where you can finish the “assignment” that he will give at the end of his talk. He’ll also be on hand to facilitate some spontaneous improv and other co-creative experiences. Located on 2nd Floor Mezzanine of the Library
What if you could take recyclable plastic material from a post-consumer waste stream and use it to build an attractive, thriving organic produce garden? Come share in the vision of a group of Concordia University MBA alumni as they seek to change the world, one garden at a time! Located on the Campus Green Outside the Library
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Candy Chang creates art that prompts people to think about their secrets, wishes and hopes -- and then share them. She is a TED Senior Fellow.
Hannah Brencher believes in the power of pen and paper, and has started a global initiative that encourages strangers to exchange love letters.
Why You Should Listen to Her: Candy Chang is an artist, designer, and urban planner who explores making cities more comfortable and contemplative places. She believes in the potential of introspection and collective wisdom in public space to improve our communities and help us lead better lives.
Why You Should Listen to Her:
Artist, Designer & Urban Planner
Recent projects include Before I Die, where she transformed an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans into an interactive wall for people to share their hopes and dreams -- a project The Atlantic called “one of the most creative community projects ever.” Other projects include I Wish This Was, a street art project that invites people to voice what they want in vacant storefronts, and Neighborland, an online tool that helps people selforganize and shape the development of their communities. She is a TED Senior Fellow, an Urban Innovation Fellow, and was named a “Live Your Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah magazine. By combining street art with urban planning and social activism, she has been recognized as a leader in developing new strategies for the design of our cities. She is co-founder of Civic Center, an art and design studio in New Orleans. See more at: candychang.com.
Hannah Brechner has always loved that her family communicates via handwritten letters. In October of 2010, she began writing love letters intended for strangers and tucking them away in libraries and cafes across New York City, for people to randomly discover. Soon, she offered on her blog HannahKaty.com to write a letter to anyone who needed one. Over the next year, she mailed out more than 400 hand-penned letters. Today she runs The World Needs More Love Letters, a letter exchange dedicated to connecting strangers across the globe through the art of letter writing. In addition, Brencher works as a copywriter and creative consultant, helping brands inject human touches into their communications plans.
EREZ LIEBERMAN AIDEN JEAN-BAPTISTE MICHEL Researcher
Erez Lieberman Aiden pursues a broad range of research interests, spanning genomics, linguistics, mathematics ... Why You Should Listen to Him:
Erez Lieberman Aiden is a fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and Visiting Faculty at Google. His research spans many disciplines and has won numerous awards, including recognition for one of the top 20 “Biotech
Breakthroughs that will Change Medicine”, by Popular Mechanics; the Lemelson-MIT prize for the best student inventor at MIT; the American Physical Society’s Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Biological Physics; and membership in Technology Review’s 2009 TR35, recognizing the top 35 innovators under 35. His last three papers -- two with JB Michel -- have all appeared on the cover of Nature and Science.
Composer & Conductor After creating and conducting a worldwide virtual choir on YouTube, Eric Whitacre is now touring with an astonishing live choir. Why you should listen to him: Eric Whitacre began his music career singing in his college choir; by 21, he had written his first concert work, Go, Lovely Rose, and advanced to Juilliard, where he studied under John Corigliano. Today, he has published more than four dozen choral works, conducted in some of the most esteemed halls in the world, and featured on dozens of recordings. His album Cloudburst and Other Choral Works earned him a Grammy nomination in 2007, as did his Decca debut Light & Gold, while his new album, Water Night, debuted at #1 in US iTunes classical charts. You may know him, too, as the creator and conductor of the virtual choir, a network of YouTube-connected singers whose voices blend together online to become true magic. And he’s now touring with the Eric Whitacre Signers, a 28-voice choir (yes, they’re all in the same room).
“What hits you straight between the eyes is the honesty, optimism and sheer belief that passes any pretension. This is music that can actually make you smile.”
JOE SMITH Lawyer
Joe Smith is an active figure in the Oregon community and a powerful advocate for proper paper towel use. Why You Should Listen to Him: R.P. Joe Smith served as District Attorney for Umatilla County and is the former chair of the Oregon Democratic Party. He was the Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives and held a short interim position in the Oregon House of Representatives. An active lawyer in a private practice, he once famously ran for the position of Oregon Attorney General without soliciting a single contribution over $99.99.
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ConcordiaUPortland We’re a cooperative team of volunteers who want to take part in something much, much bigger than ourselves. To be a planning team member means you have a voice in TEDxConcordiaUPortland. It means that a suggestion you make might just become an integral part of the event. It means stretching yourself beyond what you thought you could do (Manage a stage? Write for a blog? Become on-stage host? Prep speakers? Shoot video?), and doing so successfully because you have everyone’s support. It’s exciting, fun, sometimes silly, and incredibly rewarding.
Special Thanks to Our 2013 Planning Team Members: Michelle Jones – Organizer
Katarina Krouse – Co-Organizer
Lisa Anderson – Storyteller, Speaker Concierge
Lisa Bassett – TED Talks Curator
Hunter Brookshier – Storyteller, Media Team
Brittany Duncan – Speaker Concierge
Naeema Elmi – Registration Assistant
Dianne Foster – Speaker Concierge, Webmaster
Cheryl Franceschi – Food Carts Supervisor
Scott Freeman – Budget Master
Jon Hart – Production Design
Jackie Hendrickson – Show Director
Hannah Kane – TED2013 Viewing Party Planner
Chelsea Maricle – Speaker Concierge, Stage Manager
Louisa Mariki – TED Talks Curator
George Mihaly – Partner Concierge, Media Team
Leah Olson – Storyteller
John Petri – Adventures Curator, Outreach
Eben Pobee – Outreach Masha Polozova – Action Break Liaison Tina Shantz – Social Media Presence, Speaker Concierge Akash Singh – Storyteller Tess Smith – Registration Guru
David Van Veen – Crew Support
Amanda Wheaton – Speaker Prep
Sean Wheaton – Storyteller
We couldn’t do this without our event day volunteers, most of whom have volunteered with us in the past in various ways (some of them were even on-stage hosts or speakers in past years): Intisar Abioto
THANK YOU! A wise TEDx planning team member once said, â€œwith great swag, comes great responsibility.â€? We are proud to be able to apply this philosophy by providing each attendee a thank-you card donated by one of six local letterpress businesses.
Please write a note of thanks to the person whose words or actions connected with you most today. Whether you were inspired to change your life or to join a cause, were emotionally moved, or inspired to increase your velocity, we want you to reach out. The first step in building our TEDx community starts with you. Before you leave today, give your thank you card to any volunteer or planning team member and we will make sure it gets to its intended recipient. And thank YOU for being here with us today.
Published on May 1, 2014