is the creator and author of “The One Week Job Project,” an inspiring journey across North America in which he worked 52 jobs in 52 weeks to find his passion. Aiken has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, and has appeared on CNN, 20/20, Good Morning America, and countless other media outlets around the world. He frequently speaks to students and companies about what he learned from his experience and has developed an international program to empower others to discover their passion by taking on a series of “one week jobs”.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Wayfinding
LL.M. in Law and Technology, Tilburg University
is active locally in Portland, Oregon policy-making, with a particular focus on environmental justice, sustainable cities, and issues pertaining to the commons. Formerly with “Our Children’s Trust,” Nick helped launch the Youth Climate Action Now (YouCAN) campaign. This campaign is a continuation of an effort that began with energetic youth in Eugene who organized to persuade the Eugene City Council to pass the country’s first binding climate recovery ordinance, committing city planning and policy to a science-based, community-wide greenhouse gas reduction goal of 350 parts per million of CO2, the level deemed “safe” by climate scientists. In Fall of 2015, he was instrumental in crafting and helping to pass Portland's first-of-a-kind fossil fuel infrastructure policy. He also was a participant in the #ShellNo protests which took place at the St. Johns bridge in Portland in August 2015.
Wayfinding Academy Course:Science, Technology, and Society.
JD, Florida A&M University College of Law
ai is dedicated to being a voice for underserved communities. While earning her Juris Doctor degree from Florida A&M University College of Law, Tai served as the Lieutenant Governor for Non-Traditional Students for the American Bar Association Law Student Division, which afforded her the opportunity to work with and be an advocate for underserved student populations, particularly, students of color, women, LGBTQ students, and part-time law students in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Puerto Rico.
Since graduating from law school, Tai has demonstrated her commitment to social and economic justice and racial equity by being involved in and giving back to the community in various ways. Whether it be through her service to local non-profit boards, her research concerning legal issues surrounding gentrification and displacement in North and Northeast Portland, or using her voice to bring attention to social justice issues through articles published by the Skanner News, Black Commentator, African American Times, and Huffington Post; Tai has chosen to use her voice to effect change in our community.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Understanding Ourselves & Others
Ph.D. American Studies, Emory University
As a working class kid from Seattle, Richard Hill was blessed to receive permission from gifted teachers at Gonzaga University and Emory University to dream about life’s possibilities. His 40 year college teaching career is an attempt to “pay it forward,” to give others permission to dream and to act. In the last several years, his passion is to understand the historical and cultural systems that shape us to colonize each other—and to find alternatives, systemic and practical ways to participate in a world-wide “Continuing Revolution” to create a more socially just world by overcoming the fears that constrict us and making new institutions based on the ecological perception that we are “all in this together.”
Wayfinding Academy Course: Understanding Our World
Ph.D. (in progress), Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning, Portland State University
Sarah is the Associate Director of First Stop Portland, a program she helped develop in 2008 while a doctoral student in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. First Stop hosts visiting delegations from around the world who travel to Portland to exchange policies and best practices with Portland's "Green Brain Trust.” Her areas of expertise include social equity, urban placemaking, smart cities, climate action planning, and sustainable development. Her doctoral research examines how cities & regions exchange ideas and practical wisdom to become more sustainable, more resilient places.
In addition to brokering knowledge exchanges between Portland and leader around the globe, she consults locally on political communications and internationally on sustainable urban planning and development efforts. She is a community activist and the owner of a neighborhood restaurant, the Arleta Library Cafe, promoting fair labor practices and urban agriculture.
Her favorite mode of travel is walking, which her dog adores but her teenager loathes.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Futures and Citizenships
M.S. Conflict Resolution, Portland State University M.A. International and Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco
is a Portland native. He earned graduate degrees in conflict resolution and human rights education at Portland State University and the University of San Francisco (respectively). Since 2008 he has taught interdisciplinary courses in the humanities and social sciences for the University of Louisville, Northwest Indian College and Concordia University, Portland. Right now Jesse is homesteading off-the-grid with his wife, Kristine. They are both interested in self-reliance and mutual aid.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Communicating Effectively
Tiffany D. Vann Sprecher
Ph.D. History, University of Minnesota
Tiffany holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She has taught History and Writing at the university, community college, and high school levels. Dedicated to educational outreach, she has been involved in several prison education programs in Boston, New York, and Portland, OR. She has also taught at the Brooklyn Brainery, a crowd sourced educational facility; acted as a History consultant for Beutler Ink, a data visualization company; and even presented a lecture on medieval torture at a Game of Thrones party. In addition to her work at Wayfinding Academy, Tiffany tutors students in Reading, Writing, and the Humanities, and provides consulting in business communication.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Engaging with Information
Ph.D. Candidate for Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute
Sarah is currently running a private practice offering psychotherapy and intuitive Reiki energy healing. She in the process of writing a dissertation for her doctorate in depth psychology on white supremacy as an American cultural complex. Sarah is passionate about bridging the gap between social justice and clinical therapeutic work; Doing so with direct action, working clinically with trauma stemming from systemic oppression, and challenging psychotherapeutic practices to be more social and political minded.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Making Good Choices
Ph.D. Sustainability Education (in progress), Prescott College
is contagiously passionate about creating education programs that empower our youth to face the crises and opportunities of these times. She had the amazing opportunity to earn a M.A. in Peace Education at The U.N. University for Peace while researching the power and potential of youth to be engaged changemakers. Later, she found her life calling while teaching Peace Studies and Global Citizenship to teens at a farm school. Emily is now midway through a PhD in Sustainability Education. Since moving to Portland, she is immersed in building community and education projects around permaculture, climate action, social justice, nature connection, and rites of passage.