Oregon's Hub for Global Changemakers

Events, skill building, and networking for amplified global change

Local Happenings

SPOON Office

SPOON Offers Shared Office Space

Recent times have changed how and where we all work, and this is certainly true for the team at SPOON. Part of our team remains virtual and part lives in Portland. We love our office and don’t want to give it up, but we are looking for a friend or organization who may want to co-share our space.

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2022 Annual GlobalPDX Conference

Our 5th Annual Conference brings together 200+ Oregon-based professionals to connect, share, and grow - inspiring new ideas, igniting collaborations, and creating lasting global impact.

Local professionals from every field of world betterment will explore the next global disruption of our time. This full-day event hosts expert speakers, networking opportunities, and curated panels—convening the prominent changemakers of Oregon.

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GLOBALPDX BOARD ACCEPTING APPLICANTS

We are looking to grow and expand our impact and reach by welcoming new members to our GlobalPDX Advisory Board. As a highly unique “glocal” organization, we expect Advisory Board Members to reflect broad global diversity in all its facets and fascinations, guiding our purpose and impact in Oregon and beyond! 

Our Mission

Put Oregon's community of changemakers on the map as a widely renowned hub inciting positive change around the world.

We are uniting the Oregon-based global development community into a thriving, collaborative, and high-impact network of people and organizations with global reach.

Join a community that cares:

BECOME A MEMBER

Have your INGO, academic institution, foundation, social enterprise or business join Global PDX today!

SPEAK AT AN EVENT

We are always looking for experts in their field to share their knowledge, whether hosting a Lunch & Learn, as a guest on our podcast, or as a panelist in our upcoming 2022 Conference.

ENGAGE

Check out upcoming international development events around Oregon (trainings, networking, workshops, lectures, and more) 

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY ALLY CATALOG

This program connects people in our area with experts on their topic of interest. Whether a student, young professional, expert, or retiree, lend your voice to this catalyst of connectivity!

EMBRACE GLOBAL CHANGE MAKERS

Learn more about the Oregon based organizations doing extraordinary work abroad in over 70 countries.

SHARE AN IDEA

We exist to support you - ever hesitate to reach out and share an idea of what we can be doing to strengthen your involvement in our community.

Oregon's Hub For Global Changemakers

We unite people, organizations, and businesses into a community doing global good

Through this community we elevate ideas, connections, and conversations

With elevated potential, we enhance your ability to change the world

Our History

In 1996 Irene Tinker began "Dev Drinks", an informal global development group in her home. It was in these meetings, over micro brews and shared philosophy, that GlobalPDX was born. In 2012 Green Empowerment helped transform these informal gatherings into strategic networking events for the global development community. In 2017 Portland State University took GlobalPDX to the next level by developing a framework for GlobalPDX to support local academic pursuits and organizations around Oregon. Ever since GlobalPDX has focused on elevating the impact of globally conscious organizations and amplifying the voices of the passionate individuals of Portland.

A big thanks to our founding Steering Committee Member Organizations who continue to guide the development of GlobalPDX.

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Membership Benefits

Whether your organization has one employee or 1000, you identify as a start-up or a seasoned organization, or are seeking a new network, we have something for you...

  • Small INGOs & social enterprises | Promotion to the community and funders, training and shared resources, networking with other organizations, and advertising job, internship or volunteer positions.
  • Large INGOs | GlobalPDX will promote your organization, help recruit talented Fellows and employees, and connect you to academic institutions. We will promote high value partnerships with other members on proposals.
  • Academic institutions | GlobalPDX is committed to enabling academic programs to connect with practitioners in the field. In addition, we promote your institution, help publicize your research, and assist in placing your students into fellowships and internships.
  • Businesses & BCorps Organizations | Direct access to organizations to partner with or sponsor. Promotion of your brand to socially conscience and internationally minded groups.
  • Foundations & Funders | Foster partnerships, become a thought-leader in the field, and support meaningful international development projects. GlobalPDX can help ensure that you are supporting meaningful and impactful projects and partners.