People often associate the phrase “Keep Portland Weird” with our hometown of Portland, Oregon. The sometimes-outlandish culture of Portland has become as much a part of the city’s identity as specialty coffee or craft beer and spirits. But, you may ask, what is “weird”?
Portland’s brand of weird may be thought by some to be a person with colorful hair or a uni-cycling Darth Vadar playing a bagpipe engulfed in flames. To us Portland natives, weird is simply the norm. Our weird is about inclusiveness. Our weird is welcoming all walks of life with open arms.
It was growing up in this city where uniqueness is valued and change is embraced that inspired the launch of PDXYZ. The PDXYZ stretches the boundaries of a typical business summit, creating unique experiences, intriguing insight, and access to some of the most innovative minds working in business to create culture and products that resonate across generations.
The PDXYZ has a goal of helping the future generations, which is why we have partnered with Friends of the Children. Friends of the Children match up perfectly with our mission of impacting generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles.
The successful model of partnering mentors with underprivileged children during their most vulnerable years has established itself as one of the most respected non-profits in the country. Now successfully supporting 21 locations around the country and the U.K. Friends of the Children has been featured in The New York Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review and CBS News.
It is an honor for The PDXYZ to partner with such an amazing organization to help shape the future generations.
Visit Friendsofthechildren.org to learn more.