Open Bench Project
Jake Ryan founded the OBP with a mind toward providing a place for people to gather around the idea of sharing skills, knowledge, and resources concerning the maker movement, about the process of identifying, collecting and fostering the OBP community, about what makes it “community”. He shares some of the struggles he had to endure for that distinction.
He speaks about what he is doing there, why he advocates for it and why it is both constructive and creative.
A Reason for Optimism: Good People Doing Great Work
Bob Keyes is an award winning arts reporter for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. In his work, he sees cause for optimism in many of the places he casts his eyes. People doing heroic things to help others. Arts organizations and other community non-profits devising plans and projects to lift their neighbors and neighborhoods. Playwrights and novelists and other big-idea thinkers presenting issues, ideas and solutions to some of the most vexing conundrums of our times.
BY ABBETH RUSSELL
@ VOL 41
ON MAY 24, 2018
Abbeth Russell is an artist, performer and teacher. She strives to connect with all living things and other realms. Her natural habitat is downtown Portland where she can be found selling her art, juggling or playing harmonica with her band the Bumbling Woo hahs! When not performing or selling her art on the street, she might be touring with the artists of the Hidden Ladder Collective or making art and teaching.
BY JEAN PAUL NGIRUWERA
@ VOL 38
ON MAY 25, 2017
Compa! is a new initiative started by Jean Paul Ngiruwera, a data engineer and community organizer from Rwanda, dedicated to bridging this gap through helping recent immigrants with tech skills to hone their expertise through additional trainings, meet local tech sector leaders and contribute directly to developing open source solutions that help solve the tech needs of other local community organizations.
Going Back to Standing Rock
Bob Keyes went to Standing Rock because he wanted to see for himself, to bear witness. He followed the story of the water protests from a distance when they began, then traveled to Standing Rock in November because doing nothing wasn’t enough. He says he learned something about community and the vitality of working together toward something bigger than self or an individual goal. The goal in this instance was to stop the pipeline. The success of that effort will be judged not by the final outcome of that infrastructure project – the oil will flow – but by what happens next.
Transparency Begins at Home
BY ROB KOROBKIN
@ VOL 38
ON MAY 25, 2017
Bringing Portland's Budget into the 21st Century
Rob Korobkin presents his software tool that allows graphical visualization of the city budget, able to drill down with mouse clicks into the specifics of expenditures throughout City government. This tool is made available online for free as an initiative to provide transparency in the public interest.