No, really. This year’s TEDxBend speakers will be focusing on Us: Humans. That’s the theme.
Throughout the course of a day (May 13 to be exact), you’ll hear from 25 different humans about what makes us human. From investing in community to the power of the imagination to interracial team-building, and much more, this year’s TEDxBend talks are shaping up to be some of the best, most important ones to date.
TEDxBend, Putting The US In hUmanS
It’s probably uttered about TEDxBend every year: New, Improved, The Best Yet and Better Than Before! BUT, I think this year just might shine out in a different way, if not a better one. And this is coming from someone who is historically not a TEDx fan (I know I know, like the only person on earth who isn’t head over heels for TED Talks). Why might it shine? Well for one, we will be experiencing this event from beneath the dehumanizing shadow of our current POTUS. Right now, the political scene alone is more than enough to shift the energy and the direction of a thing, including this event. Let’s face it, tensions and emotions are high, and will be for the foreseeable future. This year’s TedxBend just might step up to the plate, really get at the center of our humanness, and surprise me.
Obama, We Love You. Please Come Back.
Some poets I know, and some 200+ poets whom I don’t know but whose work I adore, recently collaborated on a poem. It’s called Renga For Obama and it’s currently online at the Harvard Review. Aside from being awesome, the poem’s process illustrates how, in light of our current POTUS, people yes are dividing, but people are also coming together. Yes, TED Talks are generally about bringing us all together in some way. But right now, perhaps more than in other years, it feels more germane, more urgent. Every era has its shit, and in our current poop of POTUS who-knows-what-ing, it feels worthwhile to come together as humans.
Behind One Of The TEDxBend Curtains
Some very talented folks here in Bend, Oregon worked together to create all the feels behind this year’s TEDxBend. Astir Agency comprises three of those talented folks. Though I’m not sure how, I was fortunate enough to get to collaborate with Astir on the “film” part. Astir built the ad spot beautifully and at some point in its nascency I wrote the script for it. A poem, as they liked to put it. Then I painted that poem in red paint across a white wall (see video below), while other humans put my words in their mouths and said them aloud. Altogether it was a neat experience, and you should watch the rad film Astir made from it. I heart them and the fine creative work they do. Hint: If you ever need design, branding, strategy, or the like, they’re your peeps.
So, if you’re into humans and hearing a bunch of different views on what makes us human, get your TEDxBend tickets before they sell out. I can’t guarantee, but you probably won’t regret it.