On Saturday, April 21st, we teamed up with TEDxPortland for a special Write_On community letter-writing experiment: We invited participants to write a letter to a stranger (another attendee) documenting their biggest takeaway from the speakers they heard. This year’s event was curated around the idea of building bridges - featuring speakers from all disciplines and walks of life who shared their stories, experiences, and ideas to an audience of thousands. Writing a letter to a stranger was a big ask and unlike anything we’d done before, but we felt that in the spirit of bridge building and engaging with a broader community we’d give it a try. We got nothing but good feels in return – people were game to be a part of this thought sharing collective. They took to writing outdoors, at tables inside and at their seats.
We’re already excited for TEDxPortland 2019 to catch up with some of these folks. We’re curious...How many made a new friend or became pen pals? How many people learned to see something in a new light? How many people discovered that they like the act of writing letters, and how exciting it is to receive one in return?