Voices of the Region
We support great ideas from wherever they come and don’t settle for ‘us’ and ‘them’ paradigms.
Ensuring what we most value in our corner of the world will be here for future generations is a big challenge requiring the best from us all. Voices of the region is a two way conversation. Your thoughts and hopes inform our work and we share back what we hear, what we learn and what we’re doing for this place. We use our convening skills to bring all voices to the table. And we stir the pot and get people talking across dinner tables, over online conversations, in the pages of Ampersand and on social media. Join the exchange—there’s wisdom and purpose and strength in numbers.
Our online space for sharing ideas and inspiring actions. We invite all thinkers and doers, writers and artists, creators and implementers to challenge us, engage us, inform us with words and images and sounds. We’re there, too. But we don’t want to just hear ourselves talking—learn how to contribute your voice.
Ampersand, the magazine, and Ampersand Live, the event, allow you to armchair travel through Washington and see how people and place matter—from our wildest lands to our densest communities.
Seed & Feed: Forterra speaker series
Our quarterly speaker series takes big issues impacting the whole planet as well as regional issues we can’t ignore, and dissects them through the lens of our shared love for this place.
Dinner table talks
What happens when you bring people together, break bread, sip wine and ask what their hopes are for this place? Good conversation. And a reminder that we share a lot in common. Across dinner tables throughout the region we are hearing variations on the same theme: it’s time we raise the bar on protecting our home and nurturing our quality of life.
Forterra hosts community forums—gatherings of deep thinking and big visioning. We want to hear what’s on your mind and to capture the best ideas for how we can harness change for good.
Rain or Shine: A Forterra Field Series
Forterra invites our closest friends to a day in the field exploring projects transforming this region and keeping it special for generations to come. We’ll take you places near and far, urban and rural, wild and working to share the breadth and scope of our completed, active and future projects.
Tapping into the power of this ready made network, we seek to energize a dialogue about this place, how we are all in this together, and that what we do, from the small things to the big things, matters.
Values research and speaking about growth
We used results from our 2015 values research study to develop a communications guide in support with others working to sustain this region. By collectively speaking with a stronger common voice we believe we can amplify our impact. View the guide as well as the slides from the research findings presentation.
We select projects where we can be a unique change agent and generate public and elected leader support for policies that help us advance a livable, resilient region.
This place is who we are. It connects us to our past. It tells our story. We depend on the land. And it's up to us to take care of it.
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