- We must tell "The Portland Story" so observers better understand Portland's efforts in a broad context: historical, political, social, and economic. It's important that, as a region, we not be overly self-congratulatory, but rather share what has worked well for us (placemaking, scale, transportation options) and seek advice for dealing with our challenges (economic development).
- A meaningful dialogue is an open conversation between diverse groups of interested people. Getting a range of people to the table to share "best practices" and "road test" new ideas is essential.
- International development is always local: all development is essentially local, so understanding local context is always necessary. Sharing stories about local efforts that may not be directly transferable across contexts (for instance, what can Shanghai learn from Portland?) is may seem futile, but can go a long way in expanding how local leaders undertake "business as usual" in their respective places.
|L to R: Derek Abe, Sarah Iannarone, Jay Coalson|
Special thanks to Alison Wicks (MURP student) and Derek Abe and Johannes Weber (First Stop Student Ambassadors) for sharing their ideas and helping organize this discussion.