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Personal Empowerment

Personal empowerment

Bake the Grain-Bow (June 2017)

Introducing Local, Whole Grains into the Regional Food System, Your Kitchen, and Your Belly

Bread is agriculture. But when you enjoy a slice of bread, a bowl of pasta, or a glass of beer, how often do you consider the farmer, the soil, the seed behind these foods? In this hands-on, kitchen-centered class, you'll learn about the role wheat and other grains play in Oregon's agricultural landscape; their function in baked goods; and how you can enhance the flavor, texture, color, and nutrition of your baked goods by "baking the grainbow". This course is ideal for home-bakers or professionals looking to build a relationship with whole grains; foodies who want to impress their friends; nerds; and craftspeople.

Managing Your Energy + Focus @ Work (June 2017)

Rising Above Overwhelm at the Office - Feel Better and Be More Productive at Work

Time is a finite resource, and most professionals today are pulled in many directions at once: there are emails we need to respond to, co-workers asking for input, meetings to attend, projects to manage, and much more. Despite our best efforts, it can start to feel like all the time-saving tricks in the world can’t help us. If we want to excel at work and enjoy being there, we have to take ownership of how we manage our energy and focus.

Diagnosing Employee Performance Problems (7/27/17)

Addressing the Root Causes of Underperformance

It's time to think more expansively about employee performance gaps and exceed the common go-tos of training and motivation. In this workshop, we'll break down employee performance problems from the ground up. We'll identify 18 environmental and individual causes of why employees underperform. By focusing on the causes, we can come up with better solutions for each one. Join us as we examine how process redesign and eliminating task interferences can change our management mindset and increase our staff's productivity.

End of Life Planning

Make a life and estate plan now

Making a life and estate plan isn’t hard; deciding to make one is. This course will help you be a more informed consumer of legal services, identify common tools that apply to your life, and be better prepared to manage the affairs of a dearly departed loved ones.

The Catalyst Course (May 2017)

Executing a Plan to your Dreams

Do you have a dream or idea for how you want to live your life but haven't done it? This course is about fostering change in yourself and in others.  Previous students have jump-started consulting businesses and finished major arts projects. You will learn goal-setting, motivation, decision-making, and achievement. By joining a small cohort of Portlanders, you'll get the commitment and accountability to execute your next big step.

Image of Woman

Images of Woman: Evolution of the Female Form in Art

This image-based course traces the evolution of the female form from prehistory up to the Renaissance with a focus on how the representations of women emerge, develop, and transition from one era to the next.

Create Your Own Quest

Taught by Melea Seward

Discover ways to imbue your limited time on this planet with more joy, more meaning, and more connection. We will use TIME, ATTENTION, CONNECTION, and CURRENCY as constraints to help you create your own quest.

Reading Ta-Nehisi Coates

Slavery, the Fear and Control of Black Bodies, and the Racialized Roots of American Wealth

One of America’s leading public intellectuals, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the history and legacy of race relations in America in Between the World and Me. Written as a letter to his young son, the book takes an urgent look at race in America. In 2015, it won National Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction.

What Health Science Research Should I Trust?

Good Science for Better Health

Taught by Jeff Rubin

We are bombarded with claims that medications, special diets, equipment, and personal treatments can improve our health, looks, and lifespan.  How can we wade through it and end up with something useful?

Financial Freedom

Reclaiming Control of Money in your Life

Taught by Douglas Tsoi

Most people live their lives unconscious about money and because of that, live in financial fragility. We'll explore the influence the hidden assumptions of consumption and debt in our capitalist system and help you reclaim ownership of how you spend your time + your energy.