TEDxPortland’s “Crossroads” will be streaming live on their site, Saturday, April 30th between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Watch it. Definitely looking forward to hear John Jay, Tinker Hatfield and our (wk12) very own Jim Riswold share their stories.
“Our theme this year is “crossroads.” A crossroads is a place where two things impact one another in a way that creates change. It’s where technology impacts behavior, where beliefs create ideas or where different branches of social science come together to create a whole new philosophy or field. The possibilities are endless, and the end results more powerful than we can imagine.”
Last Wednesday, we (WK12) had the pleasure of attending the 20th anniversary of The International School of Portland. John Jay was the night’s lecturer and was there to speak upon the importance of language studies and the international shortage of creative talent.
During my own lifetime, I’ve witnessed first hand how the digital age of communication changed the way we live. With the development of e-commerce and online social networking you can pretty much see, listen and buy almost anything without even leaving your chair.
And with the youth of the 21st century being more connected than ever, John explained that having an aptitude for cross-cultural communications will only help you stand out within the international job market.
Additional key points mentioned
“Competitive advantage in the future will come from discovery, accessing,
mobilizing and leveraging knowledge from other locations around the world”.
“Cultural knowledge is critical for building iconic brands”.
“The challenge is to innovate by learning from the world”.
“In order to learn, you can’t just hang out with the same people, you have to
go somewhere and try something and be with people that are different than you”.
“Technology makes time and distance irrelevant”.
A few photos from last night’s Cult of Stacks show at Portland’s Commonwealth Skatepark. They had an Eric Elms Kilroy Print on display that unfortunately wasn’t for sale. Work by Kevin Lyons, Geoff McFetridge, Michael Leon and Evan Hecox was also on display.
Out of frustration to find a dry place to skate during the rainier months (which is most months!) here in Portland, local skaters Jennifer Sherowski and Lance Normine took it within their own hands to build and open the city’s first indoor concrete skatepark. Since opening last February, the park has been a haven for those looking to skate and skate dry.
The park is located just down the hall from their front office/gallery space and is open to the public 7-days a week. Below are photos that I took during the Cult of Stacks show.
Popeye Jawns cuts one of my favorite Cam’Ron tracks of all time over some really clever footage from Charles and Ray Eames’ Kaleidoscope Jazz Chair. Dipset!