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Civics & Art: Why Bureaucracy Needs Good Design

The origins of our City’s democracy aren’t all roses—they include colonialism, white supremacy, economic exploitation. But they also include native sovereignty and the striving for self-determination by all communities. A city works best when it listens to the people most impacted by its programs and decisions.

Join us for a conversation with Alex Chiu and Jen Wick about the process for making a democratic, back-pocket tool to increase civic engagement. They collaborated with the Office of Community & Civic Life to make a zine about the different ways to organize and advocate for a city that works for YOU. We'll dig into the project, the approach, and the thinking that led to this citizen's manual for engagement with local government.

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Monday, August 3, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm


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Office of Community & Civic Life

The Office of Community & Civic Life (Civic Life) connects the people of Portland with their City government to promote the common good. Their programs create a culture of collaboration, expanding possibilities for all Portlanders to contribute their knowledge, experience, and creativity to solve local problems and make life better in the city we all share.