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.
New for 2013 and beyond, TEDxConcordiaUPortland 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. Our adventures extend the TEDx phenomenon beyond the single day of the conference, enabling people to participate as we enhance the experience for both speakers and attendees. We’ll provide a format to spread ideas that don’t fit into an 18-minute talk and we’ll be able to include more community members in our conversations.
Be sure to RSVP and purchase a ticket (for a small fee) on Eventbrite.
Hosted by Juvie Hall
Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM at Oaks Bottom Roller Rink
Reserve Your Space
Introduction to Roller Derby group skating class. Join Juvie Hall at Oaks Park Roller Rink to learn skating tips and roller derby rules and techniques. Appropriate for all levels of skating ability. Class includes skate rental, an hour of instruction, and entry to the 7:00-10:30 pm public skating session at Oaks Park. Must provide your own helmet (bike helmets are totally acceptable). Wacky outfits encouraged (but not required)!
Learn to Sketchnote Crash Course
Hosted by Doug Neill, The Graphic Recorder
If you’re into TEDx, then you’re already passionate about ideas. Here’s your chance to learn how to illustrate ideas in real time using a combo of words and pictures. Many people already do this because IT’S FUN. Turns out it’s also good for your brain—helps you process and remember the idea you’re sketching out. Illustrating ideas on the fly is called sketchnoting, and that’s what I want to teach you to do. Join me on this adventure for a crash course in sketchnoting followed up with some live practice at a local event. You’ll be jumping right in because that’s the best way to learn. But you won’t be alone. Come sketchnote with us.
Guitar Maintenance for the DIY Guitar Tech
Hosted by Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls and She Shreds Magazine
Friday, May 3, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at ADX
Fix your guitar yourself! Learn basic maintenance, common repairs, intonation, action adjustments & simple schematics for re-solder in this 90 minute workshop. Bring your guitar or work on adjust one from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls’ gear library.
There will be free guitar strings provided by Guitar Center. Also, after the class, local band Voices will perform for free and beverages will be provided as a lead into “ADX First Friday”.
Community Art Project
Hosted by Rebecca Shapiro
Sunday, April 14, 2013 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Place in Pioneer Place Mall
Join acclaimed Portland artist, Rebecca Shapiro, for an afternoon of artistic exploration and collaborative social engagement untangling the stories, beliefs and behaviors that bind. The threads we uncover will be brought to life on paper at Place gallery in Pioneer Place Mall.
Hosted by Prashant Kakad
Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Living Room Theaters
On Thursday, April 11th, come teleport to the dream city Mumbai, home to the alluring Bollywood film industry. We will be watching the film Slumdog Millionaire, selected by the celebrated Bollywood entertainer, Prashant. Prashant gave a TEDx talk in 2011 and co-hosted TEDxConcordiaUPortland in 2012, this year he will take us through a unique adventure. There will be a post movie discussion facilitated by Prashant.
A People’s Choir
Hosted by The Delicious
Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
A People’s Choir is a monthly group sing-a-long hosted by The Delicious, an artist collective based in Portland, Oregon. Every month a theme is chosen and choir members (whoever wants to come) suggest songs via social media that they want to sing. Lyric books are provided. The choir simply sings along to the sound recordings—anything goes!
The choir began in 2011 out of nostalgia for communal singing. The power of singing together was so overwhelming that they just kept singing. Since the first choir, A People’s Choir has hosted choirs at PSU’s Open Engagement, New York’s Art in Odd Places festival, Last Thursdays on Alberta, and monthly at their winter home—The Waypost.
Tiny House Tour
Hosted by Dee Williams and Portland Alternative Dwellings
Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
There’s a lot of chatter about reducing your carbon footprint, living more sustainably and with intention, and for the past year one group of friends has been walking their talk in a brilliant new way. They lovingly call it “POD 49,” and it includes their three homes, the greenbelt between them, and the innovative idea that they’re better together than apart.
Join Dee Williams, a TEDxConcordiaUPortland 2011 speaker, and Portland Alternative Dwellings (www.PADtinyhouses.com) to tour POD 49, with a focus on:
- Micro Housing—Tour Gina’s little house, offering a palacial 120 square feet of living space. Cute as a button, and not much bigger.
- Green Building—Tour Rita and Joan’s house, remodeled using salvaged and second use materials, energy efficient windows, ‘green’ building materials and a grid-tied solar array. This will be a great way to get new ideas for old house challenges.
- “Communitecture” (community design and integration)—Tour and discuss POD 49′s communal systems, and examine how these systems help create one spot called “HOME” for three separate households. Yes, it is possible to double or in this case, triple, your fun by learning new ways to share space.
Spend the afternoon with TEDxConcordiaUPortland 2013 speaker Gary Hirsch learning to improvise and co-create with people you probably just met. Improv is not only an entertaining and engaging art form, it also holds best practices for anyone who needs to collaborate better in their work and life, come and play with it. If this idea scares you, then you have an even better reason to show up.
Coffee engages our senses and builds community, from the private intimacy of our first morning cup to socially meeting friends for coffee and gathering at coffeehouses. Coffee is also one of the world’s largest industries. Before coffee ever touches our cup it passes through hundreds of hands. Farmers, mill workers, exporters and importers, roasters, and baristas all impact the quality of the cup.
Join Central City Coffee to experience how coffee professionals evaluate coffee quality through cupping. Discover how coffee travels a supply chain more complex than any other food product, and how that complexity makes coffee an ideal agent for social impact in producing countries and specifically in Portland. See the inner operations of a coffee roasting plant and delve into the myriad ways quality is maintained from seed to cup.