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OCI and Regional Creative Economy Efforts

Much has been happening in the US and global Creative Economy news as of late.  Many thanks to Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch for her Creative Economy summary articles for Innovation Daily.  For some inspiring and great informational reading head to:

We have much to look forward to.



February 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

OCI Partners on Cre8Camp PDX, the unconference for Creative Industries

We’re excited to announce that OCI is an industry partner on the next Cre8Camp, the unconference for creative industries professionals.  Cre8Camp Portland 4 takes place on Saturday, Sept. 25th from 10:00am – 3:00pm at the Art Institute of Portland.

For those who haven’t been to an unconference before, these events differ from traditional conferences because the attendees create the agenda of discussion topics for the day, anyone can lead a discussion topic and everyone participates in the discussions.

The non-profit event costs only $15 to attend and lunch is included with that price.  You can register here.

As stated in our Overview, the idea for Oregon Creative Industries came out of the first Cre8Camp, so it makes complete sense for us to support this series moving forward.

Cre8Camp is affiliated with the Portland Creative Conference. Learn more at

September 1, 2010 at 12:35 am Leave a comment

Defining & Supporting the Creative Industries Cluster in Oregon

After many months and hundreds of volunteer hours reaching out and listening to the community, OCI recently published a draft document for public comment that defines the Creative Industries economic cluster in Oregon and proposes several objectives and initiatives for sustaining and growing Oregon’s creative economy.

The document, based on input from the for-profit, non-profit, public and education sectors of the creative economy ecosystem,  has already been downloaded over 170 200 250 times since it was released and we have been receiving valuable feedback.

The document uses the same general structure as the Oregon Business Plan‘s “Policy Playbook: Initiative and Cluster Guide” so that when it reaches final draft it can easily plug into the next version of the Playbook in time for the 8th annual Leadership Summit in December 2009.  This is just one example of the value that OCI can provide as the cluster’s trade association.

We encourage you to download and review the draft document and provide your feedback. To download, visit

March 4, 2009 at 1:45 am 2 comments

Inaugural Leadership Roundtable Discussion a Success

Leaders from 16 different creative economy-related associations/guilds/unions in Oregon attended the inaugural leadership round-table discussion hosted by Oregon Creative Industries.  Our objective for the meeting was to gather feedback from various groups about how OCI could best add value to and benefit their group and the Oregon creative economy overall.

In addition to the attendees in the room, there were also several remote attendees participating via Web and phone.

Attendees at the OCI Leadership Roundtable Discussion

Attendees at the OCI Leadership Round-table Discussion

There was a lot of feedback,  input and questions from participants.  We will have more meeting notes later.  For now, here is a list of who attended:

  • ACM – SIGGRAPH (computer graphics)
  • AIGA (graphic designers)
  • American Federation of Television & Radio Artists
  • American Society of Media Photographers
  • International Animated Film Society
  • Internet Strategy Forum
  • Legion of Tech
  • Musicians Union Local 99
  • Oregon Media Production Association
  • Oregon Writers Colony
  • Portland Area Theatre Alliance
  • Screen Actors Guild
  • Search Engine Marketers PDX
  • Self-Employed Creative Professionals
  • Software Association of Oregon
  • Southern Oregon Film and Television

Thanks to everyone who participated.  We will have more leadership roundtable discussions in Q1 of 2009, including one for educational institution leadership.

December 16, 2008 at 11:56 pm 3 comments

Stronger Together

The diagram below represents the vision that OCI co-founders have for what it will take for Portland and Oregon to reach the full potential of our creative economy and its role in the global marketplace.

In the diagram, “Structured Networks” are industry associations, guilds, etc.  “Unstructured Networks” are groups of people who have come together informally around shared disciplines, such as technical user groups, graphic designer email lists and marketing-related Facebook groups.  In the context below, “Technical” refers primarily to software (writing good code is an art form), including Web apps, games, etc.

As a next step, we will be hosting a series of roundtable discussions (starting next week) with leaders representing all four of the quadrants below.


December 12, 2008 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment