New connections begin, old connections get stronger, and lots of people have been taking action and creating change. Our local TEDx community is extraordinarily proud of what our speakers and attendees have been doing and we’re excited to share our accomplishments with the millions of global TEDx-sters out there.

December 31, 2013

Our Community’s Velocity in 2013
Category: Community

2013 razzle dazzle

As we get ready to dive into 2014, we’re taking a moment to reflect on 2013 with awe and gratitude on what our community has accomplished and how it’s grown and strengthened. We also look forward to all the exciting projects in the works, and the promise of more great collaborations we haven’t even dreamed up yet.

The Main Event
This year, the third TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood), saw a record number of attendees, an incredible line-up of speakers, and the addition of Action Breaks. Why settle for mere conversation when we could share ideas and form connections by doing things together between sessions? Check out the 2013 highlights and get fired up, because TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) 2014 is just around the corner! More on that coming soon!

What started as just our annual TEDx event has evolved into a broad series of events taking place all year long, bolstered by a strong and growing community. And by community, we’re talking not just about the speakers and the planning team, but also the attendees, and all of our extended networks. A number of great collaborations and ideas have emerged from our community as a direct result of connections and shared experiences made possible through TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood).

TEDx Adventures
Speaking of shared experiences, we’ve gotta mention our Adventures, which we introduced this year. Only a few TEDx communities in the United States organize Adventures, and we’re one of them. In collaboration with several of our speakers and community members, some of the Adventures we hosted this year included an in-depth coffee cupping workshop with Central City Coffee, a behind-the-scenes tour of the LAIKA animation studios, a tiny house tour, singing with A People’s Choir, a guitar maintenance workshop with Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, an Improv with Strangers class, and a screening of the powerful documentary, Stealing the Light! We’re cooking up the Adventures calendar for 2014 and welcome ideas from anyone in the community. Send us an email with your suggestions!

TEDx Community Collaborations
We love the way our community continues to connect and collaborate, and grow stronger.  Here are just a few of the ways this is happening:

HATCH, a new co-working space for socially and community minded businesses and entrepreneurs in NE Portland, in a building owned by 2011 speaker Michael Hanna. HATCH is the new home and meeting space for TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood)!

Bonus Community Collaboration Trivia: Michael Hanna and his Mattress Lot startup story were featured in 2011 speaker Chris Guillebeau’s book, The $100 Start-Up.

XRay Radio – 2011 Speaker and 2012 Guest Curator Jefferson Smith has partnered with many others in the Portland area to bring a new radio station to town. Rumor has it this station will host a weekly TEDx Radio Hour featuring stories from our community. And there might be a 2014 TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) speaker on the roster of talk show hosts who will be on this station!

Sketchnotes by The Graphic Recorder – Doug Neill has been honing his craft over the past couple of years, and he created a sketchnote tribute to TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) as an attendee in 2013. Next thing you know, he’s on our planning team as our in-house sketchnote artist (and much more), and even hosted a Sketchnote Adventure at 2013 speaker Gary Hirsch’s business, On Your Feet.

TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) art is on display in the community. Artist in Residence, Rebecca Shapiro’s, art installation, with lighting by our production designer, Steve Harper of Indigo Design, is on display at Portland International Airport. You can also see Artist in Residence Blaine Fontana’s 2011 art installation on display at The Rebuilding Center.

Jefferson Smith did a great interview with 2013 Speaker Bruce Livingston on his radio show, Thank You Democracy.

Many TEDx attendees and planning team members are also involved as attendees and Ambassadors at the annual World Domination Summit hosted by Chris Guillebeau. WDS community members may be pleased to see some familiar faces on our 2014 TEDx speaker roster.

Joe Smith’s 2012 TEDx Talk was posted to and continues to get noticed. He’s contacted on a regular basis by organizations wanting to use his message.

Alumni Speaker Gathering
We can’t speak about building and strengthening our community without mentioning our first ever Alumni Speaker Gathering, which we celebrated just a few weeks ago at Stillmotion in SE Portland (Thank you so much, Amina!). We know our alumni speakers are doing great things all over town, and beyond, and felt it was about time to host a reunion to continue to build our community and give everyone a chance to share ideas and reconnect.

We had a great turn-out! In attendance were: 2011 Speakers Tim Smith, Polly Bangs, Jefferson Smith and Jeff Mapes; 2012 Speakers Nathan Schmitt, Renee Ward, Ethan Knight, Mark Nerys, and Mark Powers; 2013 Speakers Gary Hirsch, Mohammad Khan Kharoti, Mathew Lippincott, Roxie McGovern and Susan Addy. We even had one of our 2014 speakers in attendance, because, well… why not?

In addition to catching up with everyone, and hearing about their latest ventures, we took the opportunity to share a highlight reel of the past events, as well as a preview of 2014 speakers — we’ll start announcing them soon!

Gary Hirsch facilitated a fun activity that got everyone talking and thinking. You’d better believe that in less than ten minutes the room was abuzz with a handful of great ideas for new start-ups and projects! I mean, people were looking up URLs to register and everything! That’s the way things go in our community!

This gathering was a success, and though everyone was already energized and fired-up, the conversations and the opportunity to connect and engage with each other only served to enhance that energy.

We’re already looking forward to doing this again!

What’s Coming Up
TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) 2014 will be on Saturday May 3rd, with support once again from some of our special partners, OPB and Central City Coffee.

The next few weeks will be filled with lots of updates. We’ll announce our 2014 event theme the first week of January and start announcing 2014 speakers the second week of January. Tickets go on sale January 30th and we are extending a special invitation to past attendees to buy their tickets one week early. That invitation will go out via email with all the details.

Happy New Year to us all!

Ivonne Ward

Though Ivonne now lives in Seattle, she remains tight with the TEDxMtHood family, and this is her second year with the planning team. Passionate about people, volunteering and problem-solving, Ivonne is guided by curiosity and a desire to make a positive and meaningful impact in her community.