Sparked by the celebrated TED conferences worldwide, TEDxBend is our very own locally organized event featuring talks, demonstrations and performances under 18 minutes each. Each spring, local, national and international speakers and performers, inspire and engage from the stage at Bend High School (and are watchable around the world via live stream). TEDxBend also hosts a monthly Salon series in between their bigger events to build community, which is both the engine and cornerstone of TEDx. TED and TEDxBend are 501(c)(3) nonprofits devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. TEDxBend strives to create conditions – through conversation, inspiration, and action – under which these valued partnerships thrive. Their partners make this event possible and ultimately infuse Central Oregon with possibility.