Community Engagement and Civic Responsibility

Date February 27, 2017Time 5:30 - 7:30pmLocation Oxford Hotel

TEDxBend hosts Salon events in between our bigger events to build community, which is both the engine and cornerstone of TEDx. The February 27th Salon will focus on the topic of Community Engagement & Civic Responsibility.

All TEDxBendSalon events share the same characteristics: brevity, opportunities for conversation and heightened interaction between the speaker and audience. And unlike larger annual TEDx events, our salons focus on an issue, even a question that’s of interest. Short and sweet, each event lasts a couple of hours rather than being an all-day affair. Though the salon’s flexible nature allows it to take varied forms, salon attendees always watch a selection of TED Talks, and occasionally a few live speakers, followed by discussions about the ideas. In 2017, we plan to host Salon events that are timely, hinging on a specific topic in the news.

Hans and Ola Rosling

How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.

Melinda French Gates

At TEDxChange, Melinda Gates makes a provocative case for nonprofits taking a cue from corporations such as Coca-Cola, whose plugged-in, global network of marketers and distributors ensures that every remote village wants — and can get — a Coke. Why shouldn’t this work for condoms, sanitation, vaccinations too?

Jok Church

In this 3-minute talk, cartoonist and educator Jok Church tells a moving story of the teacher who cared for him when no one else did — and how he returned the favor.

Dan Pallotta

What are your dreams? Better yet, what are your broken dreams? Dan Pallotta dreams of a time when we are as excited, curious and scientific about the development of our humanity as we are about the development of our technology. “What we fear most is that we will be denied the opportunity to fulfill our true potential,” Pallotta says. “Imagine living in a world where we simply recognize that deep, existential fear in one another — and love one another boldly because we know that to be human is to live with that fear.”

Victor Rios

Define students by what they contribute, not what they lack — especially those with difficult upbringings, says educator Victor Rios. Interweaved with his personal tale of perseverance as an inner-city youth, Rios identifies three straightforward strategies to shift attitudes in education and calls for fellow educators to see “at-risk” students as “at-promise” individuals brimming with resilience, character and grit.