TEDxBend is a place where deep thoughts and ideas are explored. There is nothing like being part of a crowd experiencing the thoughts from the entrepreneurs, educators and designers who take the stage. Each talk is followed with an independent realization, and a collaborative revelation. The crowd response to the various TED talks was something TEDxBend tried to harness into action this year. During the event several breaks were held to stimulate conversation among attendees. I was able to take part in these group talks that lasted the same amount of time as the presentations, an hour. The time flew by as I met people I wouldn’t have otherwise. The session took the event from a level of “just talks” to complete conversations. TEDxBend turned into my perfect day, complete with great locally sourced food, local musicians, ideas and stimulating conversations.
Photos by Danielle Meyers