In our culture, ambition is often understood to be essential to success. The pressure to be ambitious is made stronger by changes to technology and travel that enable people to work more efficiently from more places than ever before. Join facilitator Soumary Vongrassamy for a conversation about how our culture and environment affect how we think about success and ambition and how these ideas show up in our work and at home.
Studies show that neighbors interact much less than in previous decades. This has been theorized as a kind of side effect of modern life and the result of technology, limits on attention, and in some instances, differences in cultural concepts of what it means to be neighborly. Join facilitator Jen Mitas in this conversation that asks, How do you interact with your neighbors?
In this conversation led by Verónika Nuñez and Kyrié Kellett, we will reflect on how our biases—conscious and unconscious, related to gender, race, class, culture, and other traits—influence how we interact with the children in our lives and communities.
Who is to blame for poverty? What qualities or conditions allow a person to be considered “deserving” of government and community support? Join facilitator Erica Tucker for a conversation that explores our beliefs about poverty and asks us to consider our assumptions about who should—and shouldn’t—be eligible for support.
Debt has bound people together and driven them apart for millennia. Join educator April Slabosheski in a conversation that asks, What constitutes debt? How does debt shape the way we relate to one another? How do we decide which debts we will repay, and which we will not?
Hip hop is nothing if not adaptable. It is owned by everyone and no one. Its constant evolution has kept it at the forefront of both mainstream and underground cultural movements for decades. Join artist and educator Jason Graham, who performs as MOsley WOtta, for a conversation about hip hop and Oregon.