What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference on the west coast bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader, attracting A-list attendees and speakers who want to be associated with everything the TED brand embodies. TED produces two annual conferences along with the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

The TEDx program gives communities, organizations and individuals all over the world the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently under managed guidelines from TED.


TEDxPiscataquaRiver is a community-organized event where big ideas and challenges that affect our community are openly discussed.

Our mission is to spark conversation and ignite positive community action by bringing together community representatives and showcasing new ideas from local, regional and national voices across diverse disciplines and backgrounds. 

— to provoke conversation among community leaders and members about the issues our community is facing, and enable those conversations to spread as far as possible;
— to expose attendees to new perspectives and innovative ideas and inspire them to think differently about the many topics discussed;
— to create a compelling call to action for each person attending and watching the event to make a real commitment to enact positive change in their community.


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TEDxPiscataquaRiver is organized and supported entirely by volunteers who are passionate about bringing this event to Portsmouth: 


Crystal Paradis

TEDxPiscataquaRiver Organizer & Licensee

Communications & Engagement Consultant


TEDxPiscataquaRiver would not be possible without the generous and meaningful support of many community volunteers, including:

Co-organizers emeritus/ongoing support

Evan Karatzas
Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop
Chris Greiner
Nick Allen
Kate Martin
Halie Olszowy

Communications Team

Sam Nute
Devan Meserve
Charlie Weinnman
Debbie Kane

Speaker & Performer Team

Amanda Khampha
Hank Beresin
Anna Goldsmith
Nick Allen
CJ Lewis
Lisa Butler
Jeffrey Ellwood
Brian Kelly
Elissa Margolin
Sara-Zoe Patterson
Jason Barton
Karly Nihal

Production & Technical Team

Michael Rodriguez-Torrent
Anna Prather
Mike Bernard
Jonathon Millman
Bill Rogers
John Branagan
Matt Silva
Nick Mirabello
Brendan Flavin
Kevin Baringer

On the Edge - Community Action Engagement

Elissa Margolin
Brendan Flavin
Martin England
Anna Nuttall

Ticketing & Audience

Brendan Flavin
Linda Kirk

Sponsorship & Budget

Evan Karatzas
Elissa Margolin
Nick Allen

Visual Team

Scott Prather — Designer
David J. Murray — Photographer
Michael Sterling — Photographer

Event Experience

Gail Knowles
Sara Zoe Patterson
Jennifer Moore
Jen Scumaci
Emily Croot
Megan Hales
Ivy Robichaud
Gary Dozier
Anna Super
Barbara Zulkiewicz 
Cora Paradiso
Ellen Fineberg

Speaker Brainstorm

Mary Jo Brown
Rob Ciandella
Celina Adams
Jennifer Moore
Gordon Ober
Celeste Ladd
Nancy Pearson
Martha Stone
Kathy Gunst

Tech Playground

Josh Cyr
Patrick Ryan
Paul Ladd
Laura Horwood-Benton

On the Edge Artists

Anna Nuttall 
Cheryle St. Onge
Lynn Szymanski


Contact TEDxPiscataquaRiver by email.