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Indiegogo: Village Building Convergence:

Between this past April 15 and June 14, Mark Lakeman and his non-profit, the Village Building Convergence (VBC), helped crowdsource $5,995 through Indiegogo to contribute towards pictures, stories and documentation; grant writing seed fund and seed funding; core leadership compensation; and central location for evening events.

Building the World We Want: Interview with Mark Lakeman:

“That’s public space. Nobody can use it.”

That was one Portland city official’s response when Mark Lakeman and his neighbors first began building unauthorized gathering places in their neighborhood in 1996.To Lakeman, an urban designer, this seemed like a fundamental misunderstanding of public space. Together with his neighbors, he formed the City Repair Project, a volunteer-run nonprofit that set out to change the way Portlanders think about the places where people come together.

In May ‘10, YES! Magazine shared a Q & A with May ‘14 CreativeMornings/Portland speaker Mark Lakeman about his City Repair Project, a Portland group that helps neighbors turn public spaces into gathering places.

A series of Portland neighborhood projects spearheaded by May ‘14 CreativeMornings/Portland speaker Mark Lakeman (seen on furthest right of first photo) and the City Repair Project, an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live.City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world.All attached photos found on City Repair’s Flickr.

In May, CreativeMornings’ global theme was “Freedom”. The theme was sponsored by Shutterstock and  chosen by organizer Daria Belinskaya and the CreativeMornings/Bucharest team. The illustration is by Kelsey Dake The CreativeMornings/Portland speaker was Mark Lakeman, the co-founder of the non-profit placemaking organization The City Repair Project and principal of the community architecture and planning firm, Communitecture, Inc. Architecture & Planning.Enjoy Mark’s talk on our chapter page!

Don’t forget to see Zora’s talk on our CreativeMornings/Portland chapter page!

Zora Phoenix: Drag dynamo of burlesque:

In December ‘12, our April ‘14 CreativeMornings/Portland speaker, Zora Phoenix, was featured in PQ Monthly, a monthly print and daily online newspaper committed to representing LGBTQ communities in the Pacific Northwest.