Fridays, 2-4 p.m.
ASRC (Rec Center Building), Room 660
1800 SW 6th Avenue
Free and open to the public
Friday - March 7
New 'Avenues to Advocacy'
Mychal Tetteh sees a big problem in the local advocacy ecosystem: Too many people aren't sure how, where and when to get engaged. And as a result, their voices aren't being heard. His solution? A crowd-sourced and curated compendium of all the region's active transportation events, meetings, comment periods, open houses, and so on. All these things are "avenues to advocacy" that Tetteh would like to make accessible to Portlanders — especially those in underserved communities where many people have trouble meeting their basic needs.
The Community Cycling Center (CCC) has always worked to bring the benefits of bicycling to underserved communities, and Tetteh's new effort aims to do the same with advocacy. If lower-income and communities of color become involved with advocacy issues the thinking goes, the end result will better reflect community needs and bicycling (and walking) will become a more viable transportation option. And Appreciative Inquiry—the act of studying and co-designing a compelling future state of advocacy—is on the top of the agenda.
If you are interested in participating in the development of solutions that will help fill the gaps in our advocacy networks, please join us for this important discussion.
"Ultimately, we're trying to create additional access opportunities for advocacy... We're advocating for more advocacy," he shared at City Hall.
Mychal Tetteh, CEO, Community Cycling Center (CCC). Mychel returned to the CCC in 2013 as the new CEO. Previously he worked at the CCC for six years from 2005 to 2011, rising to the position of Director of Shop Operations, before leaving for a job at the non-profit Village Market, an innovative social venture in the vibrant New Columbia neighborhood. Mychal has been an active participant in bicycle advocacy in Portland for several years. In August 2006 as a CCC employee, he helped oversee the shipment of 450 donated bikes to the African nation of Ghana, which also happens to be where his father is from. In March 2011, he sat on a panel at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit that examined the intersection between mobility, race, and health. "We’ve found that barriers to cycling are culturally specific," Tetteh said during that panel, "and we in turn have had to tailor custom solutions to encourage these populations to bike."
Friday, Mar 14: Intro and Overview to Spring Colloquium Food Systems Series, Monica Cuneo
And more to come Spring term!!! Join us again in April!
Jan 17: Placemaking at PSU
Presenters: Ridhi D’Cruz and Kenzie Eiden
Think of what makes your favorite place so special to you? How can we cultivate these special experiences and places at PSU? What could make this campus more welcoming, comfortable, culturally conscious, and socially sustainable? What would make you feel more at home?
Discover and design an ethnomedicinal forest garden, and a cultural sustainability earthen building art project. Learn more about the 14th annual city-wide community building spring festival - the Village Building Convergence (VBC) 2014.
Connect with PSU's VBC 2014 project visions to discuss critical sustainability issues, make art, nurture practical earth-based skills, have fun, be of service, eat delicious food and much, much more.
Connect and help create this year's VBC 2014: Placemaking at PSU experience. Be a PSU Villager. Our city. Our neighborhood. Our Campus. Our Place!
Jan 24: 10 Principles to Guide Assessments of Ecosystem Service Values—A Path Forward
... a briefing and discussion about a set of 10 principles to guide assessments of ecosystem service values — the benefits that Nature provides. This area of work has recently become a bonanza for economists. However, other social scientists and ecologists must also play active roles.
Please join us on Friday January 24 for a presentation and discussion on the principles, including social sustainability aspects, and their possible uses in the collaborative management of natural resources.
Presenters: Sara Vickerman, Defenders of Wildlife, Prof. Dave Ervin and Simon Ngawhika, PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Background: Over July 8-9, 2013, PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Defenders of Wildlife and the Cascadia Ecosystem Services Partnership convened a workshop of 30 experts and practitioners. Remarkable alignment on principles that should guide more credible and comprehensive assessments of the social, economic and ecological benefits derived from nature arose, encapsulated in the document Principles to Guide Assessments of Ecosystem Service Values.
The Principles Document and further details about the workshop are available at the website.
Friday, Feb 7: Shift Happens, Quickly! (Cncelled due to snow)
Jeff Goebel will share a strategy that he has developed and is currently implementing to potentially reverse the long-term effects of climate change!
His consulting practice and team of associates (About Listening, Goebel and Associates) work on conflict resolution through consensus building, serving organizations, groups, and families confronting complex issues, involving multiple agendas, and seeking lasting, win/win solutions. Their approach begins with seeking to understand the root causes of conflict, identifying all the individuals involved, and bringing them together in a collaborative process of visioning, trust building, and negotiation that empowers all parties to the conflict and ensures that all voices are heard and all interests are recognized and taken into account in the final decision.
Our vision of social harmony and sustainability is rooted in the belief that as humans, we are all endowed with the capacity to identify our needs, articulate our interests, and respond responsibly and respectfully to our social and biological world.
Friday - Feb 14 The Role of Gardening Plotsin the Social, Cultural, and Economic Inclusion of Low-income Housing Residents
Low-income housing can have limited green spaces for exercise and social interaction. In this study, culturally diverse residents share the benefits and barriers of community gardening programs in Portland, Oregon.
A presentation at the Tenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability held in Croatia, Jan 2014
Portland, Oregon’s urban and suburban residents of lower-income status have limited access to green spaces for gardening and other outdoor activities. The culturally-diverse communities of focus have values and histories of farming and strong social connections. Providing gardening plots in these communities can positively impact physical and mental health and access to fresh produce.
University researchers in partnership with local communities and organization gathered information through focus groups, interviews, and surveys to explore the benefits and challenges to urban and suburban community gardening. Residents of low-income urban and suburban housing care about the health of their families and desire to access fresh, organic produce and positive outdoor activities. Community building through gardening can be challenging but can also reduce conflict, improve family relations, and increase education and employment opportunities. However, barriers to using gardening plots exist.
Barriers to participation include lack of plots and equipment, limited hours for gardening, accessibility, interpersonal conflicts, and lack of knowledge about local plants. Combining the provision of garden plots and equipment with engaged organizations and social opportunities to share knowledge increases the possibility that the gardening plots will be used. Using an empowering organizational structure and a process for resolving conflict has the added benefits of building communities, cross-cultural understanding, and inter-generational communication.
Presenters: Karen Cellarius, Ryan Bender, Dr. Jana L. Meinhold, Dr. Eileen Brennan