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Portland Forward : Spring Thing

Wayfinding Academy, 8010 N Charleston
8010 N Charleston Avenue
Portland, OR 97203, US (map)



We're aiming to bring together a diverse and multi-generational group of citizens who are invested in leaving this city better than we found it, to empower citizen voices, and make change happen.

Our goals for the day:

  • Develop leadership equipped to create dynamic and sustainable change.
  • Ignite the spirit of participatory democracy in Portland by bringing new voices to the table.
  • Bring people together across generations and across backgrounds to implement creative solutions to our city’s needs.

How we plan on doing it:

  • Through creative collaboration and the right mix of experienced and rising-leaders in the community, we are creating a hybrid unconference-style format in which attendees work together to create solutions for the sustainable growth of our city.
  • Featuring speakers, workshops, attendee-led panels, and pitches. Some current agenda items include: Nichoe Lichen, Secretary of the Public Banking Institute: Creating a Portland municipal bank that benefits Community Projects and Portland citizens.
  • A presentation on a Portland Just Energy Transition Initiative being put together by our leading social justice and climate organizations that will be a model of how we equitably move to a fossil free economy
  • Help get big money out of politics. Join the fight to bring contribution limits to the City of Portland and to the State of Oregon, just like we did with ballot measure 26-184 at Multnomah County.
  • Trainings on topics by local experts on effective local lobbying and advocacy, running for office, civic engagement, and others.
  • Opportunities for attendees to pitch their own projects for collaboration and recruitment.