TEDxBendTeenSalon —Normal–should that be the norm?


Join us May 23rd for the first TEDxBendTeenSalon in our monthly Salon series as we focus on the topic of Normal–should that be the norm? This special Salon, organized by and for youth of our region, will include two presentations in addition to screened TED talks.


Heather Davenport

Beyond the Norm

Heather Davenport is a 16-year-old junior at Mountain View High School in Bend Oregon. She is active in her school and community. She is a strong supporter of experiential learning and believes in the strength of leadership to better our world.


Spencer Johnson

Be a Leader

TEDxBend hosts Salon events in between our bigger events to build community, which is both the engine and cornerstone of TEDx. Many thanks to our Community Partner, High Desert ESD, for generously providing their space and support for this salon. We will excitedly watch 1-3 student TEDx Youth Speakers in addition to screening relevant TED talks via video.

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 topics in the news.