TEDxTwinFalls brings conversations worth talking about | Bowen West



TWIN FALLS — Using anger as a tool; finding courage from our past; how wild salmon can be the key to our future.

Those ideas and many more will be shared Saturday at TEDxTwinFalls.

The TEDx series will return to Twin Falls for the third time April 14 at the Orpheum Theatre. The theme of this year’s talks is the way things were, how we shape ideas and the form of what is ahead.

TEDx events are local, independently hosted events licensed by TED. These 18-minute-or-less presentations initially covered the three topics of technology, entertainment and design. They now focus on a wide range of issues including science, business and social issues.

The TEDxTwinFalls aims to put the Twin Falls community onto a global scale, lead organizer Mykelle Walton said. Every video is published on Youtube and reaches beyond the conference walls.

“I wanted to bring incredible ideas to Twin Falls,” Walton said.

The conference will provide a forum for sharing innovative ideas, and aims to stimulate area business leaders and entrepreneurs.

All money for TEDx Twin Falls goes back into the event, Walton said.

“It’s less pay what you want but more of a pay what you think this event is worth,” Walton said.

After three years of putting the event on, the organizers have a better grasp of what they are doing, co-organizer Jennifer Thornquest said.

The previous years had 14 speakers, which took up a large chunk of the day, Thornquest said. This year the event has seven speakers, each given 10 to 15 minutes, and one performer.

After the show is finished there will be the Afterglow Party at Yellow Brick Café which allows viewers to interact with the speakers. The Afterglow Party is from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., tickets must be purchased in advance.

“We tailored this year to feel like a night out,” Thornquest said.

This year’s TEDxTwinFalls is bringing in first-time speakers.

Patrick Farnsworth, a volunteer for the event the previous two years, is finally getting his chance at speaking.

Farnsworth is the host of the podcast “Last Born In The Wilderness,” a podcast that focuses on the ecological devastation and where it will lead to in the future. He is aware that it is an intimidating topic for people but he believes that there needs to be a shift in the dialogue on the subject.

His isn’t the only ecological based talk. Mark Titus, the director of the documentary film “The Breach” will be talking about how wild salmon can save humans. Titus will talk about how the sacrifice salmon make teaches humans that there is something bigger.

“I’ve been excited for a while,” Titus said. “This opportunity to, in a profound way, share this truth with people is exciting.”

Spencer Mallett, a farmer and business owner, will be speaking on “voting with your food.” Mallett explains that by buying local, money stays local. Speaking at TEDx is the hardest thing he has done because the subject is so personal, Mallett said.

Terry Sidford’s presentation was inspired by a survey that she took from 100 women. She discovered that women don’t see themselves as courageous. She urges everyone to look at themselves and find courage from their past.

Jake Schumacher wants to inspire everyone to pursue the things they are drawn towards. Using technology breaks down barriers and allows us to find our peers Schumacher said.

Cindy Bezas, the founder of Self Design Academy, wants to teach the audience the difference between rage and anger. With anger, you still have hope she said.

“When we share ideas I love seeing the light bulb that goes off in someone,” Bezas said.

This article was originally published in the Magic Valley Times News