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Nov 1, 2008
Econ Salon on Financial Crisis
Clinton Corner Cafe

Come join us for a tangent off the Tangent Reading Series

An�Econ Salon� about the�financial crisis

with�economists Robin Hahnel & Kristen Sheeran�

& a short opening poetry reading (regarding the financial crisis) by Jules Boykoff�

Saturday NOVEMBER 1 at 6 PM Clinton Corner Caf�, 2633 SE 21st Avenue (@ Clinton)

How might we�build a more just & sustainable economic system�from�the rubble of the financial collapse?�Is New Deal 2.0 possible? A New Green Deal?�

Celebrating the lively & relaxed form of a poetry reading, this event will feature a bit of poetry, but mostly, talks by two radical economists about the financial crisis. Urgent times demand "spending" our Saturday nights discussing economics--albeit with joy and revelry!�

Our media swells with confusion regarding the financial crisis. What caused it? Who is responsible? What�lessons are�to be learned? What do we make of the financial�bailout?�Must it be�"socialize loss and privatize gain?" How can we�aid Main Street instead of Wall Street? Which�initiatives should we oppose and which should we support?�Free market ideologues continue�to shamelessly spread�their false�interpretations and false solutions�--�non-intervention in management of�banks we bailout,�re-privatization�ASAP,�more de-regulation, more outsourcing, and more�"free-trade."�But even the�mainstream media�now asks if this is the end of free market capitalism.�How�can we seize the opportunity presented by�the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression� and replace the failed�economics of competition and greed with�a�new�economics of equitable cooperation? � Clarity of analysis and effective action begin�with�focused public conversation.

The event starts at 6 PM, but please arrive earlier if you want to assure yourself a table.�

ROBIN HAHNEL�has just returned from Dublin, Ireland, where he argued for alternatives to free-market capitalism before the University Philosophical Society at Trinity College, University of Dublin. Earlier this fall, Hahnel spoke at the "Local Alternatives to Confront the Crisis of Capitalism" conference in Lara, Venezuela. In the last month, he has discussed the financial crisis on many media outlets, including Al Jazeera, and RT� (Irish public radio), as well as locally on the KPOJ Morning Show. Hahnel is author of�Panic Rules, which analyzes crises brought on by financial liberalization in the era of globalization. Other books include�Economic Justice and Democracy,�The ABC's of Political Economy,�and�The Political Economy of Participatory Economics(co-authored with Michael Albert). Hahnel is Professor Emeritus of Economics�at American University in Washington DC and Visiting Professor at Portland State University.

KRISTEN SHEERAN�argues that, far from being ideologically neutral, mainstream economics has become a barrier to thinking about how to promote�an equitable and sustainable economy.�Sheeran is co-author of a forthcoming book,�Saving Kyoto (with Graciela Chichilnisky), about solutions to the climate crisis written for a mainstream audience.She is�a�cutting-edge thinker about economics and the environment and�widely published in academic journals. Sheeran is the executive director of Economics for Equity and the Environment at EcoTrust�and Associate Professor of Economics at St. Mary's College, University of Maryland.

JULES BOYKOFF�doesn't shy from addressing economics in his poetry, as evidenced by the title of his first book of poetry,�Once Upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge.�His second book of poetry,Hegemonic Love Potion, is forthcoming in 2009 from Factory School. Also a political scientist, Boykoff is the author of�Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States, The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch USAmerican Social Movements, and�Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry & Public Space�(co-authored with Kaia Sand). Boykoff has been skeptical of the cult of Alan Greenspan for years, and he will read from his poem, "Das Greenspan, Volume I - III." Boykoff is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Pacific University.

Nov 5, 2009
Well Being and the Economy: Conversations that Matter 2009
Sentinel Hotel

Mark Anielski is the author of the best-selling, award-winning book The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, which was published in June 2007 by New Society Publishers.

Dr. David C. Korten is the author of Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth (2009), and The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community (2006).

Tom’s office is responsible for developing state economic and demographic forecasts and estimating revenue for the State of Oregon. These revenue forecasts are used to develop both the Governor’s Budget and the Legislatively Approved Budget

Portland State University will launch the inaugural Conversations That Matter series this year. The theme of the inaugural series is Well-Being and the Economy. In the midst of a difficult economic time it is essential to explore how the well-being of individuals and society may be best measured and obtained. The Conversations That Matter series promises to raise critical questions, incite new thinking and offer participants a forum for exploring how best to serve the well-being of all.

Each of the three Conversations That Matter features two internationally-recognized individuals who will offer insights to and engage in dialogue around key global issues of our time. The two distinguished guests will share their own perspectives and then engage each other and the audience in an open discussion. It is through this format that the Conversations That Matter series seeks to move beyond the ‘sound bite’ media to a provocative, in depth discussion on the pressing questions of our time.

Mar 13, 2010
Zday 2010

Zday is the annual international celebration in observance of the ideas of Jacque Fresco’s Venus Project as presented in Peter Joseph’s popular documentary film Zeitgeist: Addendum.

The ideas behind Jacque's Resource-Based Economy have become viral and are challenging established paradigms.

We will be screening a special edit of Zeitgeist & Venus Project videos, as well as hosted discussions. There will be something for everyone: newcomers, and those who are very familiar.

The activist organization for the Venus Project has become know as The Zeitgeist Movement. This movement has grown to 350,000+ people world wide, in just over 1 year.

Join us in our exploration of the future!

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To learn more about this movement visit:

May 26, 2010
PDC Software Cluster Discussion

NOTE: Please RSVP using the link below.

Recently the Portland Development Commission conducted a web-based interview to explore ways to increase the competitive advantages of our software industry. We would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss the results of this interview.

When: Wednesday, May 26th from 4:30 to 6:30 Where: Wieden + Kennedy (224 Northwest 13th Avenue, Portland OR 97209-2977)

The web-based interview revealed 4 critical areas that are impacting the success of our region's software professionals.

  • Education
  • Investment
  • Political Engagement
  • Taxes & Fees

The goal of the meeting will be to vet the ideas shared in this dialog and brainstorm other ways for the PDC to help address these issues.

Based on the results of this meeting, we will go out to the larger community with a second web-based interview to make sure that we're giving the PDC advice that reflects the entire region.

To register for the meeting:

Dec 11, 2013
2014 Economic Outlook with John Mitchell - Year Five: Tapering, Experimenting and Transitioning
Eastside Exchange Building

Please join TAO's Finance Forum and our special guest John Mitchell, renowned State Economist. John will provide an insightful economic update, as well as, future challenges.

Will growth return to normal, or will a slow recovery continue? What are the key indicators telling us (GDP, interest rates, jobs market, real-estate, household and national debt,)? Should we prepare for another market corrections What is the state of quantitative easing and how might it affect you?

John Mitchell Economist,, M&H Economic Consultant John is known for his informative and good-humored presentations that provide economic insight for a diverse audience.

Nov 10, 2018
Predictive Analytics and Modeling -R Programming

Data Science Is the Future of Everything

Predictive Modeling and Analytics with R

Join us for our Predictive Modeling and Analytics workshop on Saturday, November 10th, 2018; featuring Martin Jetton, with 30+ years of advanced supply chain analytics, predictive analytics, and statistical consulting experience. In his previous role, he was the Senior Predictive Consultant at Corios; where he developed predictive models and scorecards, forecast trends, identify uncertainties, and assign the ideal strategies to maximize performance.

The world has now turned into a digital workspace. Online activity and real-world sensors are generating torrents of data about everything from weather to crime to our buying habits. Increasing computer power and new analytical techniques promise to turn masses of raw data into actionable intelligence—and thereby transform a variety of industries and propel us to a data-driven economy. According to analysts, the Data Analytics market will be almost $50B by 2020. Coupled with the estimation that by 2019 there will nearly 1.2 million open data jobs with no one to fill them, it is clear that understanding and communicating with data will be critical for impact. The skills needed to be a Business Analyst, Data Analyst, or Data Scientist are all about to be in real demand, and our trainings with experience Data Science Practitioners will help you get head start! (International Data Corporation).


Facebook - For behavior analysis related to status updates and profile pictures. Google - For advertising effectiveness and economic forecasting. Twitter - For data visualization and semantic clustering Microsoft - Acquired Revolution R company and use it for a variety of purposes. Xbox uses R for a great gaming experience. Uber - For statistical analysis Airbnb - Scale data science. IBM - To help create IBM Watson, an open, cognitive computing technology platform that represents a new era in computing where systems understand the world like humans do: through senses, learning, and experience.

This course will introduce you to some of the most widely used predictive modeling techniques and their core principles. By taking this course, you will form a solid foundation of predictive analytics, which refers to tools and techniques for building statistical or machine learning models to make predictions based on data. You will learn how to carry out exploratory data analysis to gain insights and prepare data for predictive modeling, an essential skill valued in the business.


R is a programming language originally written for statisticians to do statistical analysis, including predictive analytics. It’s open-source software, used extensively in academia to teach such disciplines as statistics, bioinformatics, and economics. From its humble beginnings, it has since been extended to do data modeling, data mining, and predictive analysis.


Martin Jetton has 30+ years of advanced supply chain analytics, predictive analytics, and statistical consulting experience. He's currently a Principal at the Liberty Advisor Group, where he works in advanced supply chain analytics. In his previous role, he was the Senior Predictive Consultant at Corios; where he developed predictive models and scorecards, forecast trends, identify uncertainties, and assign the ideal strategies to maximize performance. The firm’s clients are in the banking, brokerage, credit, utilities and healthcare industries.


This is one of our high demand classes. In the case, we sale out; email us at [email protected] and ask when our next course will be in.