Social Good

A collection of events that address social issues in Portland, and the design community. Explore topics such as inequality in the design industry, the housing crisis, accessibility and inclusion, and design for non-profit organizations.


Event: Who Gets to Decide?


To take a look at an initiative helping address Portland’s housing crisis, attend the Kenton Women's Village 2.0 open house, which follows the construction of 21 new pods in the transitional housing community. Join Murmur Creative for Agencies of Change: Art of Resilience and Resistance, a limited-edition poster show with all proceeds and donations going to Trans Lifeline.


Showcase your designs through Portland Bureau of Transportation’s competition, Pop-Up Place: Innovating the Future of Social Infrastructure. Learn how nonprofits and designers can work together for good at Better Talk: the Better Together Panel Discussion. Walk away with a new perspective on why design decisions matter, along with tools to implement changes to your process after the Designing for Everyone: Accessibility and the Web workshop.

April 8, 2019 / 6:00pm8:00pm/ Festival Event
April 8, 2019 / 6:30pm8:00pm/ Festival Event


Hear from designers on when to push nonprofits on the limits of design at The Necessary Evils of Designing for Good. Consider the freedom to move about the region as a human right at Transportation as Liberation. At The Interdependent Ecosystem of Housing, explore how design can help bridge gaps to create more equitable and attainable housing. To see how human-centered design has been applied to local projects in a meaningful way, join the Social Impact Design Workshop.

April 9, 2019 / 5:30pm7:30pm/ Festival Event
April 9, 2019 / 6:00pm9:00pm/ Festival Event

Event: Art in the Open (artist credit Alex Chui)


Participate in a hands-on workshop for creating your equitable workplace and design practice at Designing Equity - Leveraging the AIA Guides for Equitable Practice. Join thought leaders and designers from across industries at Inclusion by Design, as they discuss their approaches to inclusion challenges. Attend a live art installation and conversation around the role of public art as a vital part of our evolving city at Art in the Open. To reflect on how to measure the impact of your design, attend the Making Design Matter panel discussion.

April 10, 2019 / 6:00pm8:00pm/ Festival Event


Consider branding campaigns that take a personal stand on social issues in The Revolution Will Be Brought to You By… Question why creative careers are out of reach for many LGBTQ+ Creatives and Creatives of Color, and how to remove barriers to continue creating change at We Are HERE’s panel discussion, From Obstacles to Inspiration. Join R/GA Portland as they host Tim Allen from Microsoft for Evolving Design Landscape - Designing for Inclusivity.

April 11, 2019 / 6:00pm8:00pm/ Festival Event


Question how you can balance doing your best work while making the world a better place at Pretty with Purpose: How to be real, be strong, and make an impact. Join elementary students as they consider what's elemental to the growth, survival, and sustainability of the place where they come to learn, explore, and experiment at Who Gets to Decide?

April 12, 2019 / 3:15pm5:30pm/ Festival Event


Participate in Design Equity Tournament, a day-long collaboration and competition-based event to create a logo for Portland in Color. Examine tools for questioning, challenging, and reinventing the construction of places at Introducing Hope: Utopianism as a Design Tool in Landscape Architecture. Be challenged to rethink resilience and empowering action in your neighborhood at Destructive Idealism: Empowering Local Community.

April 13, 2019 / 11:30am6:00pm/ Festival Event

To plan your festival experience or learn about additional happenings in the social good sphere, visit the full event schedule or open house listings.