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Portland Plan game sparks big ideas

This summer we’ve been asking Portlanders: What’s your big idea? Through an interactive game using hexagonal shapes representing the 32 proposed directions for the Portland Plan, the public can choose their most important priorities and build a "mini-strategy” around them that charts a path for Portland’s future.

Staff is taking the Portland Plan “game” out to 35 street fairs and summertime events and over 40 hosted presentations to share the plan and get Portlanders’ big ideas. Each mini-strategy is documented on paper and photographed, and some participants have been willing to share their thoughts. See the video here.

Attending street fairs around town has been a great way to get the word out about the Portland Plan. The game is helping people understand how the plan will be composed of strategic efforts bundled together in the most effective, cost efficient and impactful clusters — or big ideas.

We’re also sharing the game at other venues and with targeted groups. BPS youth interns are playing an especially significant role in this effort, staffing the street fairs and reaching out to their peers:

> Youth interns and staff spoke with students from Self Enhancement Inc (SEI) in four different classes. They presented an overview of the Portland Plan and played the game. SEI takes the best and the brightest from N/NE Portland for this “leadership forum.”

> Youth presented at the Margaret Carter Skill Center, working with adult students (some of whom come from correctional institutions) who are learning new job skills.

> The interns also helped staff with outreach for the 122nd Ave. Pilot Study project in East Portland, surveying residents and businesses about their needs and concerns.

Visit for more on the Portland Plan game in action.