Point of No Return

Friday September 13, 2019

The Music Hall
28 Chestnut Street,
Portsmouth NH

2018 Talks

All of our 2018 TEDxPortsmouth talks are posted on YouTube and can be viewed at any time.

2018 Speakers

Meet the fifteen individuals who will take the stage at our 6th annual event to each address, in their own unique way, our theme: That was Then.

Lend a Hand!

Our TEDxPortsmouth event is entirely volunteer-run and volunteer-supported, and we hope to involve as many members of the community as we can.

From our Blog

The TEDxPortsmouth Theme for 2019:

Point of No Return What is a “point of no return?” How do we approach? Where is the threshold? When do we enter the maelstrom, the spinning fugue of what was and what will be? What becomes of us afterwards? Who are we? Who will we be? Are we always approaching the...

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A Brief History of TEDxPortsmouth [est. 2013]

Did you know that this year’s TEDxPortsmouth (Friday, Sept. 13, 2019) will be the seventh annual TEDx to be held in our fair city by the sea? And the second to be staged at the venerable and totally rockin’ Music Hall! But how did it all begin? TEDxPortsmouth actually...

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What is TEDxPortsmouth?

TEDxPortsmouth is a volunteer-run TEDx event, taking place annually in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

TEDxPortsmouth 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.
What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxPortsmouth, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxPortsmouth event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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