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The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel

1022 SW Stark St
Portland, OR 97204, US (map)

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  • Friday
    Sep 20 2019
    Mapping Service Ecosystems

    Ecosystem Mapping is powerful tool for aligning on strategy and identifying actionable paths forward the business. About this Event Included in your ticket price:

    Morning snacks, coffee, tea Lunch Fees Workshop Abstract

    Want to take your stakeholder workshop facilitation skills to the next level? Learn the basics of service ecosystem mapping and how it applies to identifying and solving system-level problems.

    While the increased popularity of service blueprints and customer journey maps is an encouraging sign for the proliferation of service design into the mainstream experience design toolbox, the fact remains that by themselves, they aren’t always ideal methods when dealing with senior business stakeholders in the context of overall business discovery and strategy. The theory behind systems thinking and an approach to visualize the service ecosystem at a high level should be part of the toolkit of every design strategist.

    Learning the basics of facilitating ecosystem mapping exercises goes a long way towards being able to identify the role and influence a company has in its ecosystem, and pinpoint which key parts of that ecosystem should be given strategic priority (and consequently be journey mapped/blueprinted in detail if those journeys are deemed critical). Understanding an organization’s ecosystem is not (just) about visualizing and diagramming it. Being able to identify and apply the right lenses to craft a visual representation that tells a compelling story can become a key sense-making tool in your strategic arsenal.

    What topics will be covered?

    Core concepts of systems thinking and how it differs from our traditional ways of representing and understanding complexity. Framing, boundary setting, and its importance in identifying the scope of an ecosystem. The most common types of ecosystems and a methodology for ecosystems mapping. What exercises will be done?

    Throughout the workshop, a combination of presentation, discussion, and individual and group hands on work will be used to tackle an ecosystem of your choice. Participants will work in groups (4-6 per table) towards conceptualizing a service ecosystem map.

    Any requirements for attending?

    The material is best suited for intermediate to senior researchers & designers, product managers, and business leadership looking to add new techniques derived from systems thinking to their method toolbox. The workshop assumes some prior exposure to visual design thinking and a basic understanding of classic service design methods, though neither of those is a prerequisite.

    Workshop Outline (excluding individual and group exercises):

    Part I: Theory

    1. A cautionary tale

    2. Systems and systems thinking

    3. Systems thinking and design ethics

    4. What is an ecosystem?

    5. Reviewing four UX-related ecosystem types

    5.1 Platform ecosystems

    5.2 Device ecosystems

    5.3 Content ecosystems

    5.4 Service ecosystems

    Part II: Practice

    1. Mapping UX ecosystems

    6.1 Identifying primary and secondary ecosystem actors

    6.2 Drawing rich pictures of the ecosystem

    6.3 Grouping primary service clusters

    6.4 Expanding and diagraming the ecosystem

    6.5 Identifying and applying ecosystem lenses

    1. Further reading

    2. Conclusions / Questions / Discussion

    Instructor Bio

    Cornelius Rachieru is the Founder and Managing Partner of Canadian UX consultancy Ampli2de Inc., where he explores his fascination with the politics of design while leading enterprise-scale experience and service design projects. Over the past 15 years, he has managed a number of large UX teams as UX practice leader at Deloitte Canada and Shaw Communications, He has consulted in a wide range of industries, from technology to financial services, healthcare, enterprise risk management, autonomous transportation and law.

    Cornelius is also the Founder, Co-chair and Creative Director of the popular CanUX conference, Canada’s largest and longest running annual UX event. A self proclaimed night owl (he is originally from Transylvania), he loves red eye flights and is a nomad at heart.



  • Tuesday
    Feb 28 2017

    RSVP Here: http://donutjs.club/tickets/

    A fun night of code and donuts!

    This month’s event will be on Tuesday, February 28th at 6pm at The Cleaners at The Ace Hotel

    Tickets are $10 (includes a donut), and leftover proceeds go to a local non-profit.

    This month we are raising money for Portland’s Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization!

    February Speakers:

    Keith Hamilton @kdo2g Application Protesting Interfaces

    Jamund Ferguson @xjamundx The Wonderful World of Linting in JavaScript

    Machiko Yasuda @machikoyasuda Fullstack Life Development: Changing Careers and Changing Communities ✨🙌🏽

  • Tuesday
    Nov 29 2016
    Donut.js November

    This months talks:

    • Everything I Learned About Software I Learned on a Tall Ship
    • What We Lose When It’s Easy to Use
    • How to be an Onboarding Superhero

    And a workshop:

    • Security for Everyone

    This 10-minute presentation will go over the basic security measures that almost everyone should consider to ensure their online security and privacy. After that we’ll spend 30 minutes answering questions and helping people set up 2-factor authentication, backup encryption, and even VPN configuration.

  • Tuesday
    Sep 27 2016

    A fun night of code and donuts!

    This month’s event will be on Tuesday, September 27th at 6pm at The Cleaners at The Ace Hotel (map). (Please note the new venue!)

    Tickets are $10 (includes a donut), and leftover proceeds go to a local non-profit.

    This month’s non-profit is ChickTech Portland, an organization that provides mentoring and workshops to Portland area girls interested in STEM fields.

  • Tuesday
    Aug 30 2016

    $10 ticket, pay on arrival or ahead of time at the website.

    6:00pm Arrive and nom on tasty donuts!

    Darius Kazemi @tinysubversions React is isomorphic to a game engine

    Elea Chang @elea Code Reviews: CSS edition

    Danielle Robinson @daniellecrobins The Open Revolution in Science

    Noelle Daley @elnoelle Sustainable Career Development: Advancing While Still Having Free Time

    Meet people and eat more donuts!

  • Wednesday
    May 13 2015
    Are you Driving or Following your Brand? | Marketing Networking Event

    Is your creative vision driving your brand? Or are you leveraging external data to steer it?

    With the surplus of marketing metrics available, this is a decision most marketers face every day. We invite you to join the discussion as four brand leaders discuss their chosen approach.

    Don’t miss TAO’s next Marketing Community Event on Thursday, May 13th! We’ve brought together panel of marketing mavens representing the agency world and in-house marketing teams who will share their brand advice and debate creating and driving your brand vs. steering it by the data.

    Our panelists will address burning questions such as:

    *What should you do when your brand is being challenged for the sake of customer reach?

    *How much of your brand (and its initial vision) are you willing to compromise?

    *When does data make your brand myopic?


    -Julie Zisman, Head of Marketing at Little Bird

    -Kent Lewis, Founder & President of Anvil Media

    -Matthew Baranauskas, Creative Director of Ziba Design

    -Burt Rosen, Chief Marketing Officer of Healthsparq

    This event is for all Marketing professionals interested in learning new techniques and methodologies of brand and product development.

    Event Details:

    Where: The Cleaners @ The Ace Hotel

    Date: Wednesday, May 13 2015

    Time: 5:30-8:00 pm

    Cost: Members $25, Non-Members $45

    Register Today

  • Friday
    Sep 20 2013
    Global PechaKucha Night: 6 talks.20 slides/each.20 seconds/slide FREE drinks

    FREE Event! PechaKucha Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pechakuchapdx Twitter: https://twitter.com/PechaKuchaPDX

    1 Night. 100 Cities. 1000 Presentations Pecha Kucha Night returns to Portland for a single night, the global PechaKucha night is coming together to celebrate each city's 'hidden heroes.' All of the events will also connect online through a global Google Hangouts chat that will run as a wave around the world for over 20 hours.

    Maris Jameson | Amelia Blakeman | Melissa Delzio | Sarah Margolis-Pineo | Amy Dubin | Gia Goodrich

    Spread the word and the love.

  • Thursday
    Feb 23 2012
    Spotsi Launch Party

    Award-winning, Portland city guide startup Spotsi hosts an open-to-all getdown at the Cleaners for the launch of their new web site.

    Spotsi is a web and mobile platform that allows people to share the stories that endear them to their own stomping grounds or unlock the secrets of a newly discovered city, with tailored guides like a punk rock tour of New York City or Pink Martini's guide to Downtown Portland.

    This party is free and open to all ages. Add it to your calendar on Facebook.

  • Sunday
    Nov 20 2011
    Portland Synth Meet

    Portland Synth Meet is a gathering for audio synthesizer enthusiasts. It's a chance for makers and collectors to show off their gear, share notes and make sounds. Synths of all kinds will be represented including modular and desktop synths, drum machines, circuit bent instruments and algorithmic one-liners. Anything that can synthesize or manipulate sound is welcome. Bring your own speakers and power strips. Local synth makers will offer demos at the top of every hour. Then bands Golden Retriever and Acid Farm will remind the synth community what it's really all about, the music.

    This event is free and open to all. Beer and snacks will be for sale. All donations and proceeds will benefit the Ethos Music Center, an organization promoting music-education for youth in underserved communities.

  • Thursday
    Jun 23 2011
    OS Bridge Happy Hour hosted by Mozilla and Emma

    OS Bridge attendees are invited to a special happy hour co-hosted by Mozilla and Emma on Thursday night from 5-7 pm. Just flash your conference badge at the door, and we'll give you two drink tickets to celebrate your awesomeness. See you there!

  • Thursday
    Dec 10 2009
    Designspeaks with Aaron Draplin

    Tall tales from a large man. Pretty much everything from Aaron Draplin and the DDC. Presented by 52 Ltd. and AIGA Portland

    Born in Traverse City, Michigan, Aaron Draplin is the sole proprietor of Draplin Design Company and created Field Notes Brand. Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the freedom fighters of the Draplin Design Co. proudly roll up their sleeves on a handful of projects related to the Print, Identity, Web, Illustration and Gocco Muscle categories.

    Hunkered down in his “36nd year” the DDC has shipped the goods for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Company, Snowboard Magazine, Grenade Gloves, Gnu Snowboards, Ride Snowboards, Forum Snowboards, Giro Helmets, Richmond Fontaine, Chunklet Magazine, Exit Real World, Timberline, Snowboarder Magazine, Wired Magazine, Chuck Prophet, Nike, Cobra Dogs, Uncle Buck, and the Obama Administration.

    Draplin promises to tell his story, show some work, talk some smack, and hawk a mountain of merch. Gonna’ be fun as hell. Be there, or be added to his ever-growing shit list. In Gary we Trust.

    Be there: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 7:00pm – 9:00pm The Cleaners at Ace Hotel Portland, 403 SW 10th Ave. (Corner of SW 10th and Stark) Portland, OR 97205

    Cost: Members: $8 in advance/$10 at the door Non-Members: $18 in advance/$20 at the door Students: $5

    Bonus: Everyone receives free Field Notes, but you’d better bring that moth-eaten wallet. Beyond his yarn, Draplin’s got plenty to sell.

    A selection of beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. ID required for beer and wine.

    About 52 Limited

    52 Limited provides contract freelance employees, full-time placement and custom project teams to a diverse client roster which includes: advertising agencies, design houses, interactive firms, brand marketers, health care organizations and others. With offices in Portland and New York, 52 Limited can help you find work or find talent. For additional information about the company please visit www.52ltd.com

    About Designspeaks

    Showcasing the most interesting designers in the Pacific Northwest, Designspeaks was developed to inform, engage and inspire. The small-talks quarterly series delivers an intimate venue intended to connect to others, to see what they are doing, and how they’re doing it. Some speakers will be household names and others will have managed to maintain a lower profile. Either way, all will challenge you to think a bit differently about design and its impact on this region.

  • Friday
    Sep 11 2009
    Designspeaks with Jelly Helm

    AIGA Portland and 52 Limited invite you for an evening with Jelly Helm.

    What’s happening with the business of advertising? What will the post-consumer economy look like? What is going on in sustainability? Jelly Helm is the first to admit that he doesn’t know. But that’s not going to stop him from speculating about it in public, to anyone willing to pay for it. In the spirit of Designspeaks, Jelly’s presentation will be full of cockamamie theories, wishful thinking and (at least some) poetry. He may also give us a sneak peek of the new work he’s done with the Oregon Council for the Humanities, and get all frothy about his newest client, Wikipedia. You’ll be anything but disappointed.

    So be sure to join us, to engage with Jelly and others, and consider what has passed and what may come. Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot now.

    Cost: Members: $8 in advance/$10 at the door Non-Members: $18 in advance/$20 at the door Students: $5

    A selection of beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. ID required for beer and wine.

    About Jelly Helm Jelly Helm is a writer, designer, film director, creative director, and teacher. His clients include Imperial Woodpecker, Oregon Humanities, Infectious Diseases Research Institute and Wikipedia. He is formerly an executive creative director at Wieden + Kennedy, and founder of W+K 12.

    About Designspeaks The Designspeaks series, developed by Portland AIGA and in partnership with 52 Limited, showcases the most intriguing designers in the Pacific Northwest. Some of our guest speakers in this quarterly series will be stars and some will have managed to maintain a lower profile, but we can assure you; all will challenge you to think a bit differently about design and its impact on community. We’re continually tweaking this series as an intimate venue for the creative community to connect to others, to see what they are doing and how they’re doing it. There is no specific format for Designspeaks. Basically, it’s a small talks gathering intended to inform, inspire and engage.

    Laugh. Cry. Ask questions, please. But whatever you do, join us! Won’t you?