Uniting for Action on the Oregon Economy is a non-partisan program that brings together Oregonians with wide-ranging views to build effective communication and collaboration skills, and use them to take on key economic challenges facing our state.
Starting with a kick off-workshop on November 19, 2022 in Portland, participants will practice skills that help them understand the views of Oregonians different from themselves. Over the following seven months, we will gather three more times in person (in Tillamook, Beaverton, Corvallis) and several times online to analyze economic challenges and address them by working in county-level teams alongside community partners.
By the end of the program (June 2023), we will have collectively addressed some key economic challenges and developed individual skills to work across divides in the future.
The Oregon Uniters are on a mission to:
Build relationships across divides
Increase understanding of economic challenges in Oregon
Strengthen individual collaboration and communication skills
Tackle economic challenges in Oregon
Program Overview Uniting for Action on the Oregon Economy will follow three phases. During each phase, the cohort gathers in person and online for relationship-building, skill-building, dialogue, analysis, and project design.
Projects with Community Partners Each Oregon Uniter team within the broader cohort partners with an Oregon community organization to design and implement a project that 1) addresses an economic challenge in their area identified by the group and 2) advances an initiative or goal of the organization.
Families and individuals experiencing houselessness
Financial capacity for youth and adults
Entrepreneurship development in Washington County
In our recently completed Uniting for Action Maryland program, those projects included:
The team working on the future of work partnered with The Education Design Lab to research and produce a paper that details the specific skills in demand, resources available, government mandates, etc. that will help Marylanders increase access to education and training to be nimble in a changing economy.
The team working on immigrant entrepreneurship partnered with the Chesapeake Multicultural Center to interview immigrant entrepreneurs about their small businesses, and connect them with needed resources. The team also created videos and a podcast to raise awareness about the contributions that immigrants make to our economy.
The team working on wellness and a culture of care in a community partnered with the Allegany College of Maryland to develop the Mountains of Wellness website, which provides resources to businesses, non-profits and the community on mind-body medicine and wellness to help offset negative impacts of stress on physical and emotional health
Our Oregon Team Our program is being organized and managed by an Oregon team that lives and works in the communities where we will implement our program. UR Action was invited by Oregonians who recognize the impact of the serious fissures present in our state, to create a program that addresses those divisions.
Jenny Seward – Multnomah County
Michelle Jenck – Tillamook County
Franklin Chen – Washington County
Ted Volchok - Multnomah/Benton Counties
Interested in Joining Us? This program is no charge to participants! All that is required is your desire to build relationships with others unlike yourself, and work with them to tackle economic challenges facing our state. Space is limited.
Want more information? Join us online for an INFORMATION SESSION, Wednesday, October 5 @ 6pm PST. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Info Session" as the subject and we will send you an invite to join.
For more information: Contact Ted Volchok, Oregon Program Director at email@example.com.