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TEDx talks up Portland's future as 'Wonderland'

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Timber Jim Serrill, a cancer survivor and soccer cheerleader, is one of the 13 speakers at Saturday's TEDx event at Keller Auditorium.Portland, here comes TEDx. A baker’s dozen of speakers gather Saturday to discuss issues and offer solutions on how to make Portland, and the rest of the Pacific Northwest, a better place to live.

TEDxPortland shares its view on Wonderland from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St. Scheduled to present are 13 speakers, including native Portlanders and others from around the nation, as well as five artistic performances.

TED talks are usually short, about 15 to 18 minutes, and focus on ideas and issues. The talks were the brainchild of Richard Saul Wurman, who hosted the first gathering in 1984 as part of a technology, entertainment and design conference in Monterey, Calif. Today, independent TEDx events are held around the world, usually organized by local groups in the same spirit as the original TED programs.

Tickets to the event can be purchased on the TEDxPortland website for $100.

Highlights of Portland’s event include:

• Nadya Okamoto, an honors student at Catlin Gabel and founder of Camions of care, which works to address the unmet menstrual hygiene needs of poor women. Okamoto also is youth director of Social Venture Partners Youth and serves on the Women's Foundation of Oregon board.

• Renny Gleeson, who leads interactive strategy globally for Wieden+Kennedy and co-founded the firm’s tech-business accelerator Portland Incubator Experiment. Gleeson has presented several times at TED Talks and serves as a board member, speaker coach and chief adviser to TEDxPortland.

• A performance by Radiation City, a Portland musical group that uses multiple instrumentalists to mix influences from ’60s orchestral to modern dream pop.

• A performance by the Portland Gay Men's Chorus, the fourth oldest gay-identified chorus in the country.

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland housing advocate Israel Bayer, executive director of Street Roots, will discuss social issues during Portland's TEDx event.• Israel Bayer, executive director of Street Roots, a newspaper focusing on issues surrounding homelessness and social welfare. Bayer is an award-winning housing advocate, journalist, poet and photographer with 15 years of experience.

Other speakers: Elias Cairo of Olympia Provisions, former University of Oregon and NFL quarterback Joey Harrington, Portland-area Bicycle Transportation Alliance advocate Rex Burkholder and Timber Jim Serrill.

Tylor Neist & Bridgetown Orchestra and Bobbi MacKenzie round out performances at the event.

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Former UO and NFL quarterback Joey Harrington of Portland is one of the speakers during Satuday's TEDx Portland event.