September 29, 2014

TEDxConcordiaUPortland’s 5 Most Popular Talks
Category: Video Highlights

TEDx Top 5

Over the past four years, the TEDxMtHood team (formerly known as TEDxConcordiaUPortland) has had the great fortune of providing a stage to over 70 speakers who’ve presented 16 hours of talks that have been viewed by 3 million people in more 40 countries. We’ve had musicians, scientists, authors, politicians, and entrepreneurs share their “ideas worth spreading” during our annual Portland event. 

Since we know that most of you don’t have 16 hours of free time to watch TEDx talks, we’ve compiled a list of our 5 most popular talks that can all be viewed during your next lunch break. 


#5 — Equal Parts Science and Magic
Anis Mojgani is a poetic magician meets modern day philosopher. The way that he combines words to have you experience story is beyond extraordinary. In this presentation from our 2012 event, Anis shares how to embrace the experience of wonder as a daily practice.


#4 — How adventure makes you smarter, stronger, and more attractive
Athlete, adventurer, and entrepreneur are just a few ways people describe Tyler Tervooren. Through trotting across the globe and working on his goal of running a marathon on every continent, Tyler discovered that his pursuit of adventure was also a pursuit of personal growth. His talk from 2014’s event dives into how adventure made a renaissance man smarter, stronger, and more attractive.


#3 — Dream big, live small
Sometimes life presents you with circumstances that cause you to re-evaluate how and why you live. When Dee Williams was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, she took a hard look at the possessions in her life and the space she occupied. Dee’s 2011 talk shares her experience of moving into a tiny-home and the practice she advocates of living in community and living with a greater sense of gratitude.


#2 — What the Tech Industry Has Learned from Linus Torvalds
Jim Zemlin is part of a programming team that creates the backbone for how we interact with computers. The technology that Jim and the team at Linux create would not be what it is today without the genius of it’s founder, Linus Torvalds. In 2013, Jim gave our community a insider’s look into the world that has been made possible by the Linus’s technological wizardry.


#1 — How to use one paper towel
What if someone told you that you could change one habit today that would make a significant impact on the environment for the rest of your life?

What if you were also told that this new habit could be learned in less than 5 minutes? 

Sounds too good to be true right?

In 2012 Joe Smith presented one simple habit change that has gone on to prevent millions of pounds of paper waste from entering our landfills. He also squashed any skepticism about the idea of one person making a change and it impacting our planet.

George Mihaly

George Mihaly is a Portland based video producer who enjoys drinking tea, practicing handstands, and bringing people together.