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December 12, 2012

Velocity: This Year’s Theme
Category: 2013 Event, Event Themes, News


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 is comprised of a single word—Velocity.

What it lacks in length, however, it more than makes up for in meaning.

The theme was chosen by the planning team because it reflects the growing sense of purpose we’re seeing take shape within our community. We’re all heading in different directions, at different speeds, and with different purposes. Every day, people move forward, change course, or stop what they’re doing in the name of positive action. Much like a bicycle, our community is composed of different parts that are unique in terms of origin, placement, and construction. Each piece was fashioned separately by someone, but together each piece contributes something meaningful to the larger, moving whole. When the wheels start turning and the gears begin propelling us forward, we move as one towards a collective goal.

On March 23rd, 2013, we want to celebrate this. Attendees will hear ideas worth spreading that reflect the actions people have taken in their lives, and by the end of the day we’ll understand our community Velocity. We’ll see people who’ve followed the paths they were on or who set out anew, fueled by passion and encouraged by their community to achieve a variety of accomplishments. Our speakers are the entrepreneurs, artists, leaders, and innovators that you see every day and who comprise each and every one of us.

Like our 2012 event, be prepared to see familiar faces both on and off stage. Speakers from our previous two events will be in attendance, and past attendees will be playing more active roles.

We’re excited about our 2013 theme and all of the speakers and performers we have lined up. Starting December 21st, look here for our first speaker announcement for the 2013 event. Also follow TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) on Twitter and facebook for all of the latest information!

Sean Wheaton

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 will be sharing write-ups, interviews, and perspectives on the many extraordinary people from our surrounding community.