Event Themes

June 18, 2018

Announcing Our 2018 Event Theme: Decomposers

In the chaos of today’s world, it can seem like we’re living through an age of constant destruction.  Whether it’s depletion of natural resources, corruption in our governments, violations in human rights – the problems are real and the consequences … Continue reading

March 09, 2017

Announcing Our 2017 Event Theme: Alchemy

al·che·my /ˈalkəmē/ noun a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination. the process of taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary, sometimes in a way that cannot be explained. Every moment of our lives has the potential … Continue reading

May 11, 2016

Our 2016 Event Theme: Endeavor


It takes grit and resiliency to pursue an endeavor. Everyday, people in our community work toward big-picture goals that extend far beyond themselves. Many of these goals are longer term objectives that cannot be accomplished in the near future. These … Continue reading

November 11, 2014

Our 2015 Event Theme: Roads Less Traveled

Compass image

There’s something about certain people in our community. Not just the TED community, but our greater community here in Portland. They possess a characteristic that’s hard to ignore. We all know someone like this. Heck, some of us are someone … Continue reading

January 03, 2014

Presenting Our TEDxConcordiaUPortland 2014 Logo and Theme

2014 Pulse Logo

The TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) planning team is delighted to present our logo for the 2014 theme, Pulse. And we’re even happier to announce that it came from right here, within our very own team. Each year we have … Continue reading

July 30, 2013

A Look Behind the Scenes: How the TEDxCUP Team Visualized Ideas to Inspire Action

Doug's sketchnote

The moment before each TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) speaker walked on stage was both exciting and nerve-wracking for me. Though I knew that the focus would be on the ideas that each speaker was about to share, I couldn’t … Continue reading

January 26, 2013

Band: Honestly Driving Design


Creating something worthwhile takes verve, drive, and a whole lot of nerve but the end result is endlessly satisfying. The outside eye may just see a t-shirt, a poster, or a 7” single, but you know the hours of work … Continue reading

December 12, 2012

Velocity: This Year’s Theme


At first glance, you might think that we on the TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) planning team are practicing verbal economy. Our first event’s theme was three words long—Think. Inspire. Go. Last year’s theme was two—Becoming Extraordinary. This year’s theme … Continue reading