Last year, the city announced plans to move the homeless rest area, Right 2 Dream Too to the Lloyd Neighborhood. As part of the board of the Lloyd Community Association, Keith Jones led the effort to welcome R2DToo to the Lloyd. In trying to understand the landscape, he found a labyrinth of services, a wealth of untapped data, and an opportunity for placemaking and technology to play a role in unexpected ways. Keith is using his expertise, experience, and relationships develop solutions that involve community placemaking, solution crowdsourcing, information analysis, strategic partnership alignment and most importantly, city-wide collaboration. Keith’s presentation will focus on 3 homeless initiatives that he is working on and the role that businesses and residents can play in creating solutions for our communities.
Keith is very active in the Portland community and urban planning scene. Keith is a board member of Lloyd Community Association, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods & Friends of the Green Loop, a volunteer with the Human Access Project, Portland Bridge Swim & Axiom Events, and is a member of the Geological Society of Oregon Country.
Keith is the Director of Community Design for Amplified, a Portland-based Environmental UX company. Before that, Keith was a serial entrepreneur. He started a music store/coffee house in 1992, one of Detroit’s top internet marketing companies in 1994, and his own consultancy in 2006.
Keith’s interest is in urban innovation, specifically around community-led initiatives that bring together businesses, non-profits, and the public. Keith believes in participating in your community with the intention of making it better than you found it.
The CPID talks are aimed at fostering a dialogue about interesting work being done that is relevant to the public interest design field by inviting speakers from a wide variety of disciplines to share their work and thoughts in an informal setting. These talks are open to the public and held in the CPID office in the School of Architecture at PSU (Shattuck Hall 217). Following the talk, attendees are invited to participate in a discussion on the work.