Jon Wexler

ideas worth spreading...

When I realized that telling stories was to be my life's purpose, it caused some of my dreams and ideas around life to change. I spent so much of my life afraid to get in front of people and speak my mind, although to most it seemed I was outgoing and chatty, I had an overwhelming fear of actually doing so in front of an audience. 

My particular talent for telling a story is through speaking and my hope is to use that talent to tell stories that help other people to experience life in a purposeful way.  So you can imagine my joy when I got to be involved in one of the independently organized events in Orange County, TEDx Youth Bommer Canyon. It was a life changing experience. Saturday I was blessed once again with a soul changing experience with TED. This time it was TEDx Portland.

I was able to attend their annual event and hear from a number of storytellers from all different walks of life. And after 8 hours it became even more clear that this is what I was born to do. I am determined that one day I will be on one of those TED stages myself. If I can provide one ounce of what these people and this organization provided to me then I will have done good in the world.

With all that being said I thought I would share with you some highlights from Saturday's event.

First, if you are not familiar with TED, well, where have you been. TED is place to share ideas. It is a nonprofit that spreads ideas through "talks" that are done live but are shared online and in many instances they then go "viral". In fact, they have had over 3 Billion views on their site. A variety of cities then run independent TEDx events to share in their communities.

This was TEDx Portland's 5th year. A one day event with over 16 speakers and music groups. The topics vary but center around a common theme. That theme this year is tomorrows.It is hard to truly tell you what the experience is like and even more difficult to decide who was my favorite. 

I know that technically, blogs are supposed to be short, but there was so much that happened, it is hard not to go on. So instead of reading my words, I thought I would share my favorite moments from the event in the form of quotes.

I love how a kid made this module. The world needs more kid made things.
— 4th grader to G. Douglas Bundy click pic for website
Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked female”.
— Erin McKeen as told by Amber Starks of @consciouscoils click pic for website
Every life has value. Every life matters, regardless of how many chromosomes you have
— Karen Gaffney of Karen Gaffney Foundation - Click pic for website
Use social as a window to the world that you don’t just look at, but you step into it...Right now, you’re doing it wrong
— Benji Wagner of Polerstuff - click pic for website

The day ended with a powerful reminder to pay attention to our spirits that was presented by Speech from Arrested Development who offered us his thoughts during his talk as he shared his story that fed his music.

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you are.”
— Speech from Arrested Development

P.S. The day ended with the TED tradition of a champagne toast. I know what you are are thinking, "no wonder Dawne likes this organization". Trust me, I feel the same way. It may not be tomorrow but you will see me on a TED stage at some point to tell my story and lead others to find their purpose and story. BE READY!