For clean energy transition, Oregonians must embrace innovation over obstruction

At the beginning of this year, Oregon set out on an extraordinary path that, if executed with care, transparency, and determination, will put our state and economy on a path to improved prosperity, human and environmental health, and energy security.

The state’s new Climate Protection Program took effect on Jan. 1. It sets a schedule and targets for our state’s necessary transition off of fossil fuels to a clean energy economy over the next three decades.

Unfortunately, news recently broke of a legal challenge by some of Oregon’s largest fossil fuel interests to roll back this common-sense program. While not entirely surprising, it is an unfortunate attempt to roll back the direction of forward-thinking businesses who understand the urgent need to embrace a clean energy future.

Written by Tim Miller

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Ethical Storytelling

I love a good story. I first fell in love with my husband because he is an amazing storyteller. I first fell in love with books because of good stories. I first fell in love with podcasts because of This American Life and Serial. You get the picture. But a good story can also lead you down the wrong path, right? I think of the people who chose to storm the Capitol building, what stories did they believe were happening in our government? I really loved this Harvard Business Review podcast that I listened to recently about the dangers of storytelling and while contemplating how that plays into my work, I came across this great article and incredible video by a company I greatly admire (started by a fellow former Mercy Corps employee). Ok, GlobalPDX community, what are your thoughts? Where have you seen storytelling done well and where has it gone awry? What nuggets of advice do you have for those of us who will always spin a yarn whether you ask us to or not? How do we tell our stories, especially those involving vulnerable people in a way that does more good than harm?

From Peace Corps to the Foreign Service

Where was your first international trip? What was your first international development experience? Where did you first have that spark of interest? For me, like so many, it was the Peace Corps. I got my first passport at age 21 just so that I could join the Peace Corps. Read more about my story that was recently published in the University of Oregon’s Alumni newsletter. More than a decade later, I’m a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Those experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer changed my life in more ways than I ever expected.