Peter Koehler

Election Survey Results from the TWT Community

Thank you to everyone who completed our post-election survey! It was really fun and enlightening to read through all of the results. (We see that some of you have already taken advantage of the bonus at the end!)

Here is a summary of the key results…

19 Ingredients of Great Cities

The greatest, most enjoyable cities are built for people, not for cars.

Here are 19 of the key ingredients that promote human-friendly, enjoyable cities…

Life Of Work With Freeland Spirits Founder Jill Kuehler

Jill Kuehler is the Founder of Freeland Spirits – a female-founded, owned, and operated craft distillery in Portland, Oregon.

Prior to launching Freeland, Jill ran Zenger Farm for seven years, where 10,000 students learn where good food comes from each year.

Jill was named one of Portland’s 50 most influential people by Portland Monthly Magazine.

Today we talk to Jill about her transition from non-profit executive to starting her own spirits business, how the company has responded to COVID-19, her lowest moments since launching the business, what she does to unwind, her favorite cocktail, and more.

Life of Work with Cameron Whitten

Cameron Whitten is a community activist, small business owner, and nonprofit executive.

At the age of eighteen, Cameron experienced homelessness in Portland. After working their way back into housing with the support of local non-profits, they have spent the past decade as a prominent community advocate and civic entrepreneur.

Cameron recently served as the Executive Director of Q Center, and is the founder of racial justice nonprofit Brown Hope.

They are also the founder of The Black Resilience Fund, an emergency fund dedicated to healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders.

It’s hard to believe they have any spare time, but when they do, Cameron serves on the Board of Directors of local nonprofits such as REACH CDC, Venture Portland, and Pioneer Courthouse Square, cooks hundreds of meals for the homeless, and just generally shows up to important events and meetings all around Portland on an almost daily basis. Oh, and Cameron also just ran for office for a seat on the Metro Council.

Today we talk to Cameron about race in America, their work and activism, reparations, the book that changed their life, their favorite music, and much more.

Values Aren’t Values Unless They Cost You Something

Another daily blog we read and enjoy – A Learning A Day – recently reminded us that “values aren’t values until they cost us money.”

It’s a great reminder and we would revise it to say: “Values aren’t values until they cost us something.”

“Costs” can show up in the form of our money, obviously. But also our time, our attention, our energy, our discomfort.

Life Of Work With Lisa Sedlar, Founder/CEO Of Green Zebra Grocery

Lisa Sedlar is the Founder and CEO of Green Zebra Grocery, a healthy convenience store business on a mission to increase access to healthy food. Green Zebra has four locations in Portland, Oregon, and plans to spread their healthy convenience store throughout the country. Lisa believes that businesses should be in service to their community and do their part to strengthen their neighborhoods.

Today, we talk to Lisa about what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated industry, how Green Zebra has responded to COVID-19 as an “essential business,” her favorite stand up comedians, and much more.

32 Bits Of Unsolicited Advice

Writer, photographer, conservationist, traveler, futurist, technologist, and all-around interesting human Kevin Kelly recently turned 68 and wrote a blog post on his birthday titled “68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice.”

I loved his list, and since I turned 32 last week, I decided to write my own.

Life Of Work With Author Tucker Malarkey

Tucker Malarkey is the author of the critically acclaimed and national bestselling novels An Obvious Enchantment and Resurrection. With a career that began at the Washington Post, her love of human culture and wilderness have since taken her all over the world. Tucker grew up fly fishing, studied Sovietology, and has traveled to Russia numerous times.

Her most recent book, Stronghold, is her first major work of non-fiction. The book follows one of the world’s greatest fly fishermen and his crusade to protect the world’s wild salmon against massive geopolitical forces. It is eye-opening, thrilling, and incredibly informative.

We called Tucker up to talk about her writing process, whether salmon will still exist in 100 years, her personal mission, favorite authors, and more.

Life Of Work With Renee Gorham, Co-Owner Of Toro Bravo Restaurant Group

Renee Gorham is the co-owner of Toro Bravo Restaurant Group, which consists of restaurants across Portland, Oregon, including Toro Bravo, Mediterranean Exploration Company, Shalom Y’all, Tasty and Alder, Bless your Heart Burgers, and more. Renee owns and operates the business with her husband, Executive Chef John Gorham.

We talk to Renee about Toro Bravo’s unique culture, the tips she’s learned for running a business with her husband, what it takes for restaurants to survive the COVID-19 crisis, and what to cook in quarantine.

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