Portland 2.0: A Joint Project of OPB and PSU
Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 9:00am to Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 4:30pm

Multnomah County Commissioner, Jessica Vega Pederson, and PSU alumnus and committed supporter, David Yaden, invite you to join them Saturday, January 26 for a spirited discussion. Portland 2.0, a joint project of Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and Portland State University, is posing some provocative questions about how the Portland region came to be the way it is today and where we go from here:

  • What do we need to know about Portland 1.0—that energy-filled period beginning in the 1970s that changed our region’s direction?
  • What has changed and where are we today with regard to the economic and social context and conditions that gave rise to Portland 1.0?
  • What about inclusion and accountability? Do we care as much about our neighbors as our neighborhoods?
  • Is our “civic infrastructure” of citizens and leaders, of public and private institutions up to creating Portland 2.0?

This project was created by David Yaden, who worked closely with Stephen Percy, the Dean of PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA). The project intends to nudge the civic conversation toward considering how the Portland region governs itself, how things do or don’t get done, and the capacity of our “civic infrastructure” as a shared endeavor of citizens and leaders.

Yaden says that inspiration for the event came from wanting to give a boost to programs that educate emerging civic leaders such as the Marko Haggard Legislative Internship program, which was named for his PSU mentor, or the Center for Women’s Leadership, where Vega Pederson is an Advisory Board member.