At Pringle Creek Community we believe in sharing innovative ideas. TEDxSalem is happening this weekend with a line-up of speakers who will talk about re-imagining how products can be made to better serve people, re-thinking what foods we choose to eat, and much more. Our community is focused on  healthy living through building homes that are made of healthier materials as well as renewable energy systems that will better serve residents in the long-run. Our urban farm also serves as a healthy alternative to choosing foods which are organic, local, and strengthen community. We are excited to have such inspirational speakers represented at TEDxSalem. 

Revolutionary talks at this year’s TEDxSalem Jan. 7 

Brooke Jackson-Glidden, Statesman Journal 9:54 a.m. PST December 29, 2016 | View original source here.


(Photo: Johan Doornenbal / Special to the Statesman Journal)

Revolution lies at the center of TEDxSalem this year: revolution against fascism, racism and even stress make up the stories shared at the Jan. 7 event.

TEDxSalem is a day-long conference at the Salem Convention Center celebrating “ideas worth spreading,” featuring short (10 to 14 minute) lectures from activists, intellectuals, doers and thinkers.

Speakers like Teressa Raiford of Don’t Shoot Portland and environmental activist Kelsey Juliana will speak to guests about the power of individuals, about the work that must be done to combat inequality and climate change in Salem and around the world. Some speakers, like author Gina Ochsner, will discuss significant protests of the past and their influence today: Ochsner will focus on the art of Baltic revolution. Others, like Alia Braley, will discuss civil resistance as a way to challenge current crises: Braley, in particular, will discuss non-violent action as a force against ISIS.

“Non-violent action is more than twice as likely to be successful than violent action, and even a failed non-violent movement is more likely to result in a democratic society than a successful violent revolution,” Braley, who works with the Albert Einstein Institution, said. “There’s a lot of hope (in non-violent action). If people will learn about this, we will be a lot better off in facing really big challenges.”

Braley notices that when people think about revolution, they tend to think of violence; she argues that our mental connection between violence and power is often detrimental. TEDxSalem’s speakers explicitly transcend the traditional understanding of revolution, said co-curator Brian Hart.

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“We always pick our theme to have multiple meanings,” Hart said. “When people think of revolution, they automatically think about political things. We have those political speakers, but we wanted to also think about other revolutions: the environment, science, food revolution.”

Vanessa Timmons, executive director of the Oregon Coalition against Domestic & Sexual Violence, said that revolution has more to do with the simple act of survival than people tend to believe.

“I really see domestic violence work as revolutionary work,” Timmons said in a blog post for TEDXSalem. “Revolution happens in a community when all individuals are able to thrive.”

For others, the quiet rebellion against anxious thought and stress is its own form of overcoming. Jerry Braza, a mindfulness educator and dharma teacher, will discuss the value in appreciating simple, quiet beauty, as a form of mindfulness and overcoming negativity.

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Almost all of the speakers for TEDxSalem are women, a first for the annual event.

“Certainly the fact we have 11 women and only one man is a revolution in itself,” Hart said. “We really struggled in years past to just get an equal split between women and men … This year, women really kicked butt.”

Most of the speakers work and live in Oregon, though Braley is traveling from Boston. The independently organized event is the official TEDx event for Salem, Oregon.

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When: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 7

Where: The Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St.

Cost: $50 for adults and $40 for students; purchased at


TEDxSalem Artist-in-Residence Kathryn Cellerini Moore derives her imagery from photos of her childhood and constructs objects and performances intended for self-reflection and healing.  (Photo: Special to the Statesman Journal)



The Speakers

Kathryn Cellerini Moore: “Acknowledging the Continued Impact of Personal Revolutions”

Kelsey Juliana: (Talk name yet to be announced)

Karen Holman: “You Don’t Have to be a Scientist to Cure Cancer”

Vanessa Timmons: “Sustaining Bravery During Difficult Times”

Teressa Raiford: “An Open Letter to FLOTUS from an #ABW Black Lives Matter”

Jerry Braza: “The Seed of Mindfulness: Growing Mindful Communities”

Yesenia Gallardo: “Edible Insects: A Revolutionary Protein to Feed the World”

Gina Ochsner: “The Power of Words: Ordinary People Using Words in Extraordinary Ways”

Megha Joshi: “Save Our Spines: Re-engineering the Student Desk”

Warren Binford: “Sex, Porn and Manhood”

Alia Braley: “This Talk is Not about ISIS”

Renee Mitchell: “Art Saved my Life”